Griffon Holidays

Alcántara

Set in the Tajo International Natural Park, Alcántara is in an ideal spot for the naturalist as well as being a great place to relax and sample the local culture.

Alcantara Bridge

Alcantara

The name Alcántara is taken from the old Moorish word for bridge and it is the town’s amazing Roman Bridge that dominates the history of the area. Built in the 2nd century to span the river Tajo, the bridge has been of strategic importance ever since with the town itself growing from the site of the Roman garrison and later Moorish fort that overlooked this vital link. After the fall of the Moors the Catholic Church established the town as one of the seats of the dreaded Spanish Inquisition and during the Peninsula War, Napoleonic, Spanish and British forces fought several skirmishes over the control of the river crossing. Wellington’s troops even tried to blow it up at one point but thankfully they failed to do so!
Nowadays Alcántara is a pleasant little town with a number of local shops, bars and restaurants, as well as the informative Tajo International Natural Park Interpretation Centre. Relaxing outside one of the bars in the square with a nice cold drink whilst watching White Storks, Black Kites and Lesser Kestrels is an evening experience not to be missed!

Hotel Room

Your hotel is situated within the town; the rooms are all comfortable, ensuite and fully air conditioned ensuring that you have a nice comfortable stay. The hotel also has it’s own bar and restaurant serving a wide variety of foods and drink. The hotel is run by a local family, which means that the local community benefits financially from its wildlife.  We feel that this is important and much better than giving money to an international hotel chain.

Alcántara is perfectly placed for a wildlife holiday base being within or close to a number of protected wildlife sites including the Tajo International Natural Park, Monfragüe National Park and 10 ZEPAs (protected bird areas) which are home to everything from the Great Bustard through to the Spanish Imperial Eagle.

Where is Alcántara?


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Blue Rock Thrush

Blue Rock Thrush

The male Blue Rock Thrush is certainly a bird that lives up to it's name! This stunning little bird can be found in the town of Alcántara as well as in the wider countryside. Whether you want to photograph it, or just admire it, we will put you in the right place to see this beautiful bird.
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