Salt production here has nearly disappeared, but it was because of this mineral that Alcácer do Sal became one of Portugal's first inhabited sites. Parts of the castle foundations are around 5,000 years old. The Greeks were here, and later the Romans, who established the town of Salatia Urbs Imperatoria—a key intersection in their system of Lusitanian roads. During the Moorish occupation, under the name of Alcácer de Salatia, this became one of the most important Muslim strongholds in all of Iberia. The hilltop castle is the town's most prominent attraction, and from there red-tile-roof buildings descend to the riverbank in horizontal rows.
When there was every reason in the world to stay away and see the ruins, one woman traveled to Greece to get to work.More