At the very top of the hilltop village of Evoramonte is a pretty massive fortress. At first, I said that we shouldn’t bother because it looked like a concrete building. But then I later realized that this building was first founded in 1160 and rebuilt after a 1531 earthquake. Oops! The knotted rope sculpture molded into the castle walls represents loyalty of the Portuguese royal family.
You can also see the really pretty cork trees that surround this town. The numbers on the tree indicated the year when the bark was carved off of the tree. You have to wait about 10 years for the bark to rejuvenate before carving off the bark again.
Thanks to Fodor’s Travel Guides, Trip Advisor, and Wikipedia for the great lessons that helped me to plan and summarize this trip.