municipality of Portugal

Alenquer is a town in Portugal's Oeste region.

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View of Alenquer.

Alenquer (uh-lehn-KEHR, /ɐ.ɫẽ.ˈkeɾ/) received its royal charter in 1212 from Princess Sancha, daughter of King Sancho I of Portugal. The municipality has over 43,000 residents (2011), while the town proper has about 9,000.

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Alenquer is at exit 4 of the A1 (Autoestrada do Norte) motorway, 30 min N of Lisbon and 2 hr 30 min S of Porto.

From the Algarve to the S, take the A2 (Autoestrada do Sul) motorway to A13 to A10 to A1 (exit 4). The trip takes 2 hr 30 min.

Bus service from Lisbon (Campo Grande bus terminal) is provided by Boa Viagem's route 3.

There's no rail station in Alenquer. The nearest stations are in Castanheira do Ribatejo and Vila Franca de Xira from where you can take a bus.

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Map of Alenquer

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  • 1 Castelo de Alenquer (Castle of Alenquer). A medieval castle built in 1160 over the remains of a Moorish fortress.    
  • 2 Ponte da Lezíria (Lezíria Bridge). The Lezíria Bridge is a box girder bridge flanked by viaducts and rangeviews that spans the Tagus and Sorraia Rivers between Carregado (Alenquer municipality) and Benavente, north-east of Lisbon. It is the second-longest bridge in Europe (including viaducts) and the ninth longest in the world, with a total length of 12 km (7.5 mi). It carries the A10 motorway.    

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  • 1 AL Embaixador, Largo Palmira Bastos 16, +351 913 761 784. Check-in: 14:00–21:00, check-out: 00:00–12:00. €44-46.
  • 2 Quinta da Torre - Casas de Campo, Vale das Pedras, Ota, +351 917 592 561.

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