Linhas de Torres Route

Have you ever wondered how Portugal managed to stop Napoleon’s army from reaching Lisbon?

The Historical Lines of Towers Route (HLTR) is a cultural tourism project that aims to restore and draw attention to the military heritage that was created in the early 19th Century by the Anglo-Portuguese forces under the Duke of Wellington. The line of towers was built to defend Lisbon against the Napoleonic invasion. The route, which crosses six different municipalities, takes in a total of 152 fortifications that defended Lisbon against Napoleon's army. Besides Loures, the route also passes through the municipalities of Mafra, Torres Vedras, Arruda dos Vinhos, Sobral de Monte Agraço and Vila Franca de Xira.