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Aljezur, algarve Portugal, in the western Algarve when approaching Aljezur from the east on the N:120 road. The first thing you notice is the long high street, which follows over the bridge to the other half of the town. Aljezur derives from the settlement of the moors back in the 12th century as all town’s and villages starting with “Al” derive from the Arab naming during their occupation until its demise  in the middle of the 12th century. Aljuzer  old town dates back to the 10th century and sit is in two parts, separated by the river.

This came about in the mid-18th century due to the Bishop FranciscoGomes do Avelar (later the Bishop of Faro)who was convinced that moving the town across the river, in the hope it would end the malaria and prevent any further outbreaks of  typhoid the town suffered with the build up of silt and sewage in the river from the great earthquake of 1755 which destroyed the best part of Portugal with many daily deaths accruing in the town.        People who stayed in the old part of town more than likely would not be able to afford the cost moving across the river and in order to stop further spread of decease by people going back to the old town he commissioned the church of Nossa Senhora de Alvae (meaning Our Lady of Dawn) to be built for the new town residents to have a place of worship, with it larger than life bell tower aimed at attracting local nearby villages the locals soon gave the church the nickname Igreja Nova meaning (New Church)

 At the point of the bridge on the left hand side, is a small fresh daily undercover market where fresh fish is plentiful and near by is a public toilet; you will find a tourist office situated in the high street, with a free map of the town and other literature for the castle, (Castelo de Aljezur)

Aljezur old bridge divideds the town in twotypical riverside cottages line the waterfrontMain church in Aljezur centreAljezur cobbled street in the old town

Before you dismiss the old part of the town and venture to the new part. You will find before the bridge a Hostel that is popular with young back packers. Continue past this you will come across many cobbled stone streets that head up hill. It is well worth venturing up to the top for the breath taking views to the new town and a good photo opportunity as well as the marble statue of  King Alfonso. There is also a museum on the slant of the hill well worth a visit.

For those who like to hike you can walk up to the castle ruin, which offers free admission? If you prefer to drive up to the ruin, you can do so quite easily. You will find many bars and restaurants in the old part of Aljezur where you can have coffee or lunch before venturing across to the bridge into the new part of the town across the river.

Just before the bridge is the daily covered fish market, open until 1:00 pm. closed on Sundays, it has public toilets to the side of the market. The short walk across the bridge to the second half of the town, you have the view of the main church ahead, with the green hills that surround Aljezur.

Due to the fact that it is very much farming county with many small strips of land which are often shared by families that work the land. Well worth making your way to the main church as you are rewarded with spectacular views. A couple of bars give an opportunity for a well-deserved break. The church square has a life of its own with locals sitting and chatting as the trees offer good shade in the hot summer months. The bronze bust sitting an the granite plinth is that of the Bishop Francisco Gomes do Avelar who is also celebrated with a full size statue which stand in the city of Faro where he later became bishop and died at the age of 77.

Hilltop view of Aljezur castle ruin on the hill

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