Welcome to Castro Verde
The thriving village of Castro Verde has a big history – once an ancient hill fort, it soon grew into a settlement. The village is located near the site where the Battle of Ourique was fought (1139), when Afonso Henriques defeated the Moors and declared himself the first King of Portugal. In the 18th century Dom João V ordered the construction of the stunning Basílica Real, whose tiles replicate the battle scenes. These days, its inhabitants are fiercely proud of the local traditions; their annual fair – Feira de Castro – is held on the third weekend of October. It’s worth the detour here, especially if en route from Beja to Mértola or the Algarve.