Aljezur River in the village of Aljezur
|Native name||Ribeiro de Aljezur|
|⁃ location||Aljezur (parish)|
|Mouth||The west coast of the Algarve into the Atlantic at Praia da Amoreira|
The Aljezur River is a small river in the Portuguese region of the Algarve. The river runs westwards for 9.8 kilometres (6.1 mi) from its start in the village of Aljezur from the confluence of the River Alfambres and River Cerca to its mouth on the Atlantic western Algarve coast at Praia da Amoreira.
From its confluence the river loops through a ravine around the base of a hill on which is the ruins of the Morrish castle of Aljezur (Portuguese: Castelo de Aljezur). The Moors constructed a port at the base of the castle and made the river navigable out to the ocean at Amoreira. The river and port remained navigable until the 18th century after which channel fell into a state of disrepair following the destruction of the village caused by the 1755 earthquake.
From Aljezur the river meanders through a narrow valley which is within the Vicentine Coast Natural Park at the seaward end the river opens up to a narrow marshland estuary. This habitat supports such creatures as kingfishers, marsh warblers, grey herons and otters.
- "49-C Monchique" (Map). Sheet map scale 1:50 000 Carta Corografica De Portugal – 49D Map showing the confluence of the rivers Alfambres and Cerca. Instituto Geografico Portugues. ISBN 9789728867102.
- "49-C Monchique". Listing of the Map on Stanford’s website. Stanfords Bookshop. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
- "Portugal – Places to See - Aljezur". Reference to the estuary and its wildlife. Portugal Live. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
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