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.
From Quinta dos Freixos, where the commander of the allied troops established his headquarters to the Great Fort at Alqueidão, which served as a command post for these lines for the defence of Lisbon, passing through Serra do Socorro, or the eagle’s nest (a name that refers back to the time Wellington spent there), where the central telegraph communications station was positioned, there is a discovery to be made at every step of the way.
Leaving the Heritage and Visitors’ Centre for the Lines of Torres Vedras in Sobral de Monte Agraço, roads and paths fan out. These were once protected by the comprehensive trench system at Alqueidão and by the forts at Enxara, and following them can surprise you at almost every turn. Forts; the headquarters of Wellington, William Beresford and General Spencer; churches and chapels; the cobbles and steps of the sections of military road that facilitated the movement of troops, provisions and artillery, as well as the transport of the wounded; these are just some examples of what you can see and feel, in the midst of relaxing, breathtaking countryside.