VILA NOVA DA BARQUINHA
The strategic location of the region was soon recognized by the invading Roman and Arabs, the castle of Almourol,the origins of which are attributed to theses two-peoples is a defensive fortress built on an islet in the Tagus river that Dom Gualdim Pais was to rebuild after the Christian Reconquest.
The Moors were defeated by the troops of Dom Afonso I of Portugal in the year 1129, and then the territory was parto f the portuguese kingdom until its donation to the Order of the Temple (1169).
The history of the municipality of Barquinha is inevitably the history of the river Tagus: the maritime trade and survival fishing. The importance of the Tagus river in trade and communication routes strengthened and was reognized during the Philippine domain with deep works in the riverbed which favoured the conditions of navigability and the connection with Spain (17th century), as well as by the construction of the river port in the Riverside cluster named “Barca” due to the decline of Tancos (18th century).
This simple place with a boat (“barca”) to cross to the left bank of the river was called Barquinha (“little boat”) since 1771.
Vila Nova da Barquinha is located 17km from Torres Novas.
Places of interest:
Castle of Almourol
21 Ethnographic Museums
Museum of Airlines
Almourol Contemporary Sculpture Park
Interpretation Centre of Archaeology of High Ribatejo
Tancos’ Main Church
Atalaia’s Main Church
Science Education Integrated Centre
Clube Náutico Barquinhense (Sailing Club) – Canoeing, Rafting, Paintball, Rappel, Slide;
Pára Clube Nacional “Os Bóinas Verdes” – Parachuting, Ballooning, Horseback riding, Scuba diving;
Grupo de Cicloturismo Barquinhense – Cycling, Mountain biking.