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Torres Vedras

The Historical Route of the Lines of Torres Vedras is a cultural and tourist circuit located 30 km north of Lisbon, dedicated to different episodes of the Napoleonic period. It invites visitors to discover a unique heritage. The project brings together six municipalities and has been distinguished at the international level with the Europa Nostra Prize (2014). The territory offers many opportunities, adventure sports, hiking, golf, cycling, horse riding but also gastronomy and wine tourism.

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Napoleonic places


The Lines of Torres Vedras is a defensive military system built between 1809 and 1810. The future Duke of Wellington developed this defensive strategy in the framework of the Anglo-Portuguese alliance during the Peninsular wars. It consisted of creating hilltop fortifications to control the access to the Kingdom's capital Lisbon. This three defensive lines transformed the landscape along its 85 km between the Atlantic Ocean and the Tagus River.

The 152 military works, armed with 600 pieces of artillery and defended by 140’000 men became became the most effective defense system and also the cheapest in military history. The Historical Route offers six thematic trails, during which you can discover several forts, visit interpretation centers, follow guided tours and geocaching activities as well as enjoy outdoor activities.

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Torres Vedras brochure (PT-EN)
INVADE Magazine #6 (PT-EN)
INVADE Magazine #5 (PT-EN)

More information

Torres Vedras city website :
Website of the historical route of the Torres Vedras Lines: 


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