On March 29, the day after participating in the official launch of IAT Portugal at Naturtejo Geopark, IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol and IAT Spain President Ruth Hernandez crossed the Ebro River into Extremadura to take a three day tour of IAT Spain. From there they traveled a short distance to Alcántara, where the world’s largest Roman bridge at 194m long and 71m high, crosses the Tagus River at the eastern end of the 25,088 hectare Tagus International Nature Park. Alcántara is derived from the Arabic word al-QanTarah, meaning “the bridge”. It was conquered by the North Africa Moors in the 8th century and ruled until their expulsion five centuries later. Other sites include the 16th century San Benito Monastery, Church of Holy Mother of Almocobar, and the narrow streets and lanes dating to the middle ages.
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