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  • Castelo de Palmela

    Palmela Castle stands at an altitude of 1,200 metres and provides panoramic views of the Serra da Arrabida, the vineyards below and the Tagus and Sado Rivers.  In good weather it is even possible to see Lisbon around...

    Palmela Setúbal
  • Aljezur castle

    This Moorish castle dates back to the 10th century and was was one of the last Moorish strongholds in the Algarve. Built to guard Aljezur when it was a river port providing direct access to the sea the castle did its job...

    Aljezur
  • Pinhel old town and castle

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

    Guarda
  • 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
  • Fortaleza de São Filipe

    The Fortaleza de São Filipe (Fort of St Philip) dominates the skyline above Setubal.  It can be reached from the town below by an exhilarating 30-minute hike or by road. 

    Today the fort is home to an...

    Setúbal
  • 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
  • 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

    Marvão
  • 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
  • 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
  • Castelo de Elvas - Main portico

    The Castle of Elvas (Castelo de Elvas) in Eastern Portugal has an interesting history.  It was never a royal residence, but was a frontier garrison which witnessed battles and sieges over its long history. There was once a Roman...

    Elvas

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