Castles

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  • Tavira Castle

    There is no entrance fee to explore the well-preserved ruins of Tavira Castle and visitors will be rewarded with a well-tended garden within the walls of the ruin and some exceptional views of the town and river.  You won't find...

    Tavira
    Castles
  • 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.

    Ourém
    Castles
  • Guimaraes Castle

    Imposing 12th century castle built on the site of earlier fortifications. The castle was the official royal residence from 1139 until the 13th century. Now classified by UNESCO, as World Heritage

    Guimarães
    Castles
  • Sesimbra Castle

    The North African Moors, mainly originating from Morocco, occupied southern and central Portugal from 8th until 12th/13th centuries.  It was they who first built a fortress above the picturesque fishing village of Sesimbra...

    Sesimbra
    Castles
  • Rising above Moura's old town on a limestone plateaux are the ruins of a once grand castle. The medieval Castelo de Moura was built by King Dom Dinis in the 13th century on the site of an earlier Moorish citadel. There is evidence that the site...

    Moura
    Castles
  • Standing guard at the mouth of Peniche's harbour is the sixteenth century Fortaleza de Peniche (Peniche Fortress). Commissioned during the reign of King João III when this little port was of great strategic importance to Portugal and its empire...

    Peniche
    Castles Museums and Galleries
  • Serpa Aqueduct

    The towering city walls of Serpa must have been a formidable sight when they were built. The walls incorporate battlements, a keep and a fine 11th century aqueduct and pump house

    Serpa
    Castles
  • Lagos Fortress - Forte da Ponta da Bandeira

    The small fort of Ponta da Bandeira, also known as the Fort of Our Lady of Penha de Franca (or just Lagos fortress) stands on Lagos's waterfront, where the Bensafrim River enters the sea and overlooking...

    Lagos
    Castles
  • 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

    Portalegre
    Castles
  • Moors Castle - Sintra

    Situated on a high hilltop above the town of Sintra the site does indeed date back to the Moorish occupation of Portugal. The walls and towers that you see now though are the Romantic/decorative work of the 19th century King Ferdinand II

    Sintra
    Castles

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