Welcome to Montalegre
Montalegre is the park’s eastern gateway, and if ever there was a hamlet with a castle on the hill, this is it. The small but particularly striking castle, part of Dom Dinis’ 14th-century ring of frontier outposts, looms over the town and the surrounding fertile plains fed by so many rivers. The future Duke of Wellington made use of it in his drive to rid Portugal of Napoleon’s troops in 1809. Today visitors can only wander around its perimeter, taking in the lovely views. Just below the castle lies the old town centre.