Attractions

Bridge in Alcántara

Puente Romano

On the northwest side of Alcántara, a magnificent 2nd-century Roman bridge – 204m long, 61m high, with six arches and much reinforced over the centuries – spans the Río Tajo below a huge dam retaining the Embalse de…
Convent in Alcántara

Conventual de San Benito

What a surprise this is out in the Extremadura backblocks! Built in the 16th century to house the Orden de Alcántara, an order of Reconquista knights – part monks, part soldiers – who ruled much of western Extremadu…
Lake in Alcántara

Cantera de Alcántara

For one of Spain's more unusual swimming experiences, it's hard to go past the Cantera de Alcántara. It was here that the stones were quarried by the Romans to build the Puente Romano, but in the two millennia since…
Viewpoint in Alcántara

Mirador

Northwest of Alcántara, there's a lookout that takes in both the town and Puente Romano in one sweep. To get there, drive across the Puente Romano along the EX207 in the direction of Portugal. After just over a kilo…
Church in Alcántara

Iglesia de Santa María de Almocóvar

Built atop a long-disappeared mosque (of which no traces remain), this fine sandstone church crowns the old town. Its early days as a church are barely known, although the three doors are unmistakeably Romanesque; m…
Viewpoint in Alcántara

Mirador

For a partial view of the Puente Romano from above, walk 100m west from the Iglesia de Santa María de Almocóvar down Calle de Carnicería, then continue along the pedestrian-only stone path that leads downhill for ar…