VISIT THE TRAILS

Between the Tagus and the Atlantic – indomitable Nature
The natural barrier of the river Tagus in the defensive strategy

TRAIL: THE DEFENCE OF THE TAGUS

This trail, which includes the starting point for the 1st and 2nd Lines, sets off along the riverside path in Vila Franca de Xira, in the direction of the town of Alhandra and the viewpoint and Monument to the Lines of Torres Vedras. This monument is topped by a statue of Hercules. It was designed by General Joaquim da Costa Cascais and completed in 1883. From here, you can take several paths and enjoy a spectacular view over the Lezírias (fens) and the river Tagus. Following the route, you will arrive at the first Subserra fort (nº 114) and the New Subserra Battery (nº 114A), situated on the hilltops which included the position at Alhandra at the beginning of the 1st Line. You should then go towards Fort Casa in the direction of the Lines of Torres Vedras Heritage and Visitors’ Centre in the town of the same name. In Fort nº 38, as well as housing an exhibition dedicated to the local impacts of the French Invasions on the area, you can visit the interior of curated structures of the fortification, discovered during archaeological digs.

mapa defesa tejo

HERITAGE AND VISITORS’ CENTRE IN FORT CASA

Largo do Forte da Casa, 2625 – Forte da Casa

(+351) 926 531 121

museumunicipal@cm-vfxira.pt

www.cm-vfxira.pt/pages/1286

Tuesday to Sunday | 9:30am – 12:30pm /2:00pm – 5:30pm

WHERE TO EAT

Allow yourself to be transported back to the Lines by experiencing the taste of local dishes using local ingredients, accompanied by a sprinkling of anecdotes that recreate the flavours of the 19th century.

WHERE TO SLEEP

Because you’ll want to stay, pick a location where you can recharge your batteries, where tranquility and a sense of well-being go hand in hand with history.

    WHAT TO SEE

    From Torres Vedras, you can climb to the tops of hills and visit the castle and other historic sites which illustrate the past. You can listen to the chimes marking the passage of time; breathe in the intense, warm aroma of the countryside; swim in the cooling waters of a very blue sea which plays on an endless golden beach.

    WHAT TO DO

    Today, the Lines of Torres Vedras are an excuse to live, feel and savour what this area has to offer. Along the Lines, you can try a little of everything: from adventure to sport; culture to wellbeing; from wines to fine food… Daydream with your family, your partner, or in a group. Dedicate your time to taking the best of what Life has to offer as you explore the Defence of the Tagus Trail.