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Places to Visit

Between the Tagus and the Atlantic – indomitable Nature

With an impressive natural heritage, surrounded by protected landscapes, the Lines of Torres Vedras were the most effective military construction in the history of Europe. Today, its forts, redoubts, military roads and headquarters hold the memory of the beginning of the end of Napoleon Bonaparte’s expansionist aspirations.

Near to Lisbon International Airport, it has at its heart one of the major wine-producing regions in Portugal, with DOC certifications, and estates and vineyards that offer wine tourism activities.

The diversity of nature between the sea and the river provides the perfect setting for open air activities such as walks, trails, geocaching and birdwatching. For the more adventurous, surfing, canoeing or hang gliding are among the options. Lovers of horse riding or golf will also discover a range of attractive possibilities.

Alone, with friends or with your family, you will not be short of ways to enjoy the region that connects the river Tagus with the Atlantic, just as it did in 1810.

TORRES VEDRAS - ALONG THE FIRST LINE

Lines that trace our identity and communicate it to the visitor

Roughly 30 minutes from Lisbon, the Torres Vedras landscape is marked by its rolling hills and green valleys, windmills, vineyards, and by the beaches of golden sand bathed by the blue of the ocean.

WELLINGTON

The headquarters of the allied forces is just a starting point.

At the heart of the Lines, visit some of the most notable places connected to the Duke of Wellington Sir Arthur Wellesley’s stay on the Line of Torres Vedras.

THE GREAT PASSES

History recorded in the land and in time

Along this section of the Lines, the hills seem to touch the sky and the sun glints off the streams at the foot of the valleys and it’s said by those who pass through, that this is the only place you can hear the water singing.

THE DEFENCE OF THE TAGUS

Resistance from the river and the sea and the impact of the French Invasions

This route visits the places first constructed along the 1st and 2nd Lines, where you can enjoy a wonderful view across the plains that run up to the river Tagus.

THE JUNCTION OF THE LINES

Strategic access and a concentration of fortifications

A network of access routes and the hilly terrain of this region makes it home to one of the highest concentrations of fortifications, making it the junction of the Lines.

FROM THE PALACE TO THE ATLANTIC

Chasing French troops in Mafra

Start exploring at Fort Zambujal and take in one of the most beautiful and fertile valleys while watching the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean. Finish your excursion later with a walk along one of our beaches.