Since the remote timesof the Palaeolithic humans have been leaving marks of their presence in the land of Torres Novas located on the edge of the karst network of Almonda River, as the caves of Buraca da Moura e da Oliveira or the Lapa da Bugalheira.
Some time later, in the early days of Roman rule, Cardílio and Avita became owners o fone of the several “villae” that exist in the area, the Villa Cardilium, which was inhabited from the 1st to the 4th century and among its ruins were found panels of colourful mosaics, coins, sculptures, along with the Latin inscription that in one interpretation wishes happiness to the couple in their “villa da torre”, expression associated with a plausible origin for the toponym Torres Novas.
As from the 12th century, the territory, then known as Tarries, began to gain its current outlines, with the expulsion of the Arab invaders by the troops of King Alonso I of Portugal (1148).
The town began to be drawn around the Castle, a unique monument in the country with its 11 towers, and has expanded over the centuries by the slope down to the shore of Almonda, whose small bridges favor a land tourhelp touring the lands.
Nowadays, when we observe the Medieval fortress, we can understand the reason for Greeks, Romans, Celts and Arabs waiting settle here and fought hard for the dominance of the fortress, which was so many times destroyed that it ended up havin several times… new towers (torres novas).
Places of interest:
Castle of Torres Novas
Carlos Reis Museum
5 October Square
Natural Park of Serra de Aire e Candeeiros (PNSAC)
Roman Ruins of Villa Cardílio
Natural Monument of the Dinosaur Footprints
Natural Reserve of Paul do Boquilobo