Alcántara Travel guide
Alcántara : Michelin's recommendations
Alcántara is located in a landscape of disintegrated ancient rock enclosing the Tagus. It keeps watch over the old bridge that gave it its name (Al Kantara means “bridge” in Arabic). The Order of St Julian of the Pear Tree, a “religious militia”, became the Order of Alcántara when it was entrusted with defending this fortress in 1218. The gorges surrounding this town witnessed the defeat of the Portuguese by the Duke of Alba in 1580, which saw Philip II take the throne of Portugal.
Tourist attractions Alcántara : Things to see and do
EX207 E - 10980 Alcántara
Overlooking the Tagus, the former headquarters of the military order of Alcántara, built in the 16C, has now been restored. The church contains abundant decorations (stars on the vaults), a gothic patio and outside, an elegant Renaissanc gallery with..
E - 10980 Alcántara
This magnificent work of art was built under Trajan in 106AD using large blocks of granite and no cement. It is 194 m long and the height of the central arch reaches 70 m, protecting it from the very highest tides. The little temple built at one of t..
Carretera del Poblado de Iberdrola, s/n E - 10980 Alcántara
This former convent 40 km from Cáceres is today a stylish hotel. It has free on-site parking and air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. The light rooms in Hospedería Conventual de Alcántara are decorated in a minimalist style. Many have wonderful vi..