Castles

Castles

Castles and Palaces in Portugal

Braganca Castle
Braganca Castle

13th century citadel surrounded by 15 towers. In the centre is the 33 metre high keep, the Torre de Menagem

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Portalegre Castle
Portalegre Castle

13th century castle overlooking the town. The castle is also home to the Núcleo Museológico do Castelo, a small museum of military exhibits

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Marvão Castle

Built towards the end of the 13th century by King Dinis, Marvão castle dominates the village. Enclosed within its walls are two cisterns and a keep and offering spectacular views to the Spanish frontier

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Marialva Castle
Marialva Castle
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Ruins of once grand castle

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Pinhel old town and castle
Pinhel old town and castle

Once important castle located on a hilltop overlooking the Côa river Valley

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Soure Castle
Soure Castle
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Small, simple 11th century castle built to defend against the reconquest of Portugal by the Moors.

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Penela Castle
Penela Castle
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Castle built to defend Coimbra from the potential reconquest of the region by the Moors. The existing structure dates back to the mid 12th century

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Ourem Castle

Imposing hilltop castle which dominates the medieval town below. Founded in the 12th century there is also a 15th century palace within the walls.

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Almourol Castle
Almourol Castle
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Castle located on the small island of Almourol in the river Tejo. A stronghold of the Knights Templar the castle dates back to the 12th century and the Reconquista.

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Montemor-o-Velho castle
Montemor-o-Velho Castle
Paulo Magalhaes

Predating Portuguese sovereignty, the castle of Montemor-o-Velho is a listed National Monument. Perched on a hilltop overlooking the flood plains of the Mondego the castle still dominates the skyline. There has been a fort or castle of some sort here presiding over and protecting the Mondego valley from as long ago as 2000 BC.

The imposing castle we see today dates back to the 13th century with some 16th century additions. Besides the walls and towers there isn't really that much still standing today. There are the ruins of the Paço das Infantas Palace, a favoured royal residence in...

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