Castelo de Ourém
Castelo de Ourém
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK6,890 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
From a distance and even close up it looks rather new to be a medieval building, Actually new or an overdone restoration I’m not sure as it was impossible to get too close. The roads to the structure are blocked with barriers. The graveyard next door on top of the hill seemed in use but no access to enter the structure.
Written 25 July 2021
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Jack Sutton
Melbourne, FL21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Solo
Ourem is a 12th century castle with a palace added in the 15th century.
The view is fantastic with the town at the foot of the hill.
The castle is undergoing a 2 year restoration project at the moment, but definitely worth a visit.
Written 10 February 2020
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RaltRT40
Vancouver Island, Canada8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Family
We stayed one night in Ourem historic hilltop village in off-season. The old town is lovely with a couple of cafes and a pousada. The drive up is steep and narrow but totally manageable and typical of many places in Europe. From the town, it is a short walk up to the castle site, or you can drive all the way up to the castle ruins where there is a lot of parking. It is a large site with great views all around. The main castle interior was closed (not sure if they open it up in high season) but you can roam around most of it and get in the outer sections. For families, though, be aware that there are no railings and many places you can get to with unprotected drop-offs where a fall would be fatal. For example we wandered down a dark passageway which ended in an open doorway out the wall with a 20 foot drop (where an archway apparently used to be). So, if you have younger kids, be very, very vigilant or don't go.
Written 2 April 2019
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Miguel B
Santarem, Portugal72 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Friends
Castle is a bit upper Ourem. Difficult to climb(cherry licour) bar ! All keeping the old and original decoration. Very nice to visit and spend some hours.... relaxing , imagining the life in there and... enjoying the view all around.

If you go to Ourem you should visit the castle of course.
Written 19 November 2014
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,571 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Friends
Leaving Tomar in the direction of Fátima, we were, all of a sudden, in front of the amazing "Castelo de Ourém". Impressive walls impregnated of history! Archaeological findings confirm the Ourém region to be inhabited since pre-historical times. Along the centuries, romans, visigoths and moors have established themselves in the region! The first official records of the Castle date from the 12th century. Its architecture has caractheristics of many different styles - arab, venetian, florentine, romanesque, gothic and baroque - just like a puzzle! What makes it much more interesting! The Castle had its golden period in the 15th century, when Ourém was a rich a productive region. After it, it suffered a great deal from earthquakes to napoleonic wars. Due to recent renovation efforts, the "Castelo de Ourém" is in quite good conditions and visiting its ramparts, towers and inner spaces is quite easy and pleasant. Enjoy!
Written 30 September 2014
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Fairtrav
Singapore, Singapore228 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
I’m giving this a 1-star only to let people know that the castle is currently closed for renovation works. We visited last week after consulting their opening hours and nowhere was it mentioned that the castle was closed! No idea of how long the works will take so it’s best to call the municipal council for more information before planning a visit.
Written 25 May 2021
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Anfrist
Bucharest, Romania4,317 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Family
The Castle was under restoration so we could not see it in detail, bu actually it was not that big nor impressive. The view was beautiful, all around. Also, the hike up from the parking near the church was very pleasant.
Written 16 October 2019
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HALOrent
Cascais, Portugal91 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
This place have been inhabited from prehistoric times, through the Romans and Visigoths, to the Muslim invasion that led to the early fortification of Ourém. The early fortification was conquered from the moors by Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal, in 1136. The story tells that, the name Ourem is due to a moura who fell in love with a christian knight and who, after converting to christianity, adopted the name Oureana. The castle and the town were donated in 1178 by Afonso Henriques, to his daughter, Princess Theresa. In 1282, D.Dinis donated this castle to Queen Isabel The Saint, and in the reign of Pedro I, Ourém was elevated to county. A century later, the Master of Avis attacked and took the castle, after the count of Ourém, during the crisis of 1385 took the side of D. Beatrice unwanted by the people for Queen derived from her marriage to the King of Castile and the consequent loss of Portuguese independence. During the 15th century, under Count Afonso (1402–1460), fourth Count of Ourém, the town flourished. To accommodate his court, Count Afonso remodelled the old-fashioned castle and built a palace inside it. After that, the town and castle were greatly damaged by the 1755 earthquake and the Napoleonic Invasions. Over the years, some restoration work was carried out on the castle, but for today, the castle of Ourém is assuming only the role of historical landmark of tourist interest. The old castle was recognized as a national treasure and almost restored, but the royal residence remained a box of walls without a roof. It is impossible to get inside the buildings, because of reconstruction works. But the view from the castle is stunning. The streets of the medieval village of Ourém – with its white houses full of flowers and several viewpoints, offering a breathtaking view over the involving natural landscape. It is interesting that near the castle there are the stone slabs with the names of Irish knights
Written 17 September 2019
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Alexandre C
Teresopolis, RJ669 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
The castle is a huge construction, with many different areas to visit which offer you great views from the city and areas around it. The medieval city under it is very well restored and amazing.
Written 9 October 2017
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PMAL
Lisbon, Portugal8,258 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
On our road trip we stoped on the ancient village of Ourém to see this castle. From the start we know that you cannot access the inside of it, so nothing more to do besides see it from outside wich is average.
On the location you'll have great views of the countryside.
Good spot to relax when on travel like us.
Written 12 April 2017
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