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  • Faro City Walls - Cerca Seiscentista

    Faro's ancient city walls (Muralhas de Faro), parts of which form a broken ring around Faro’s compact Cidade Velha (Old Town) have an interesting history, reflecting the town's tumultuous past.  The Romans, who called the town ...

    Faro
  • 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
  • Forte de Santa Catarina

    The fort of Santa Catarina was built in 17th century on the site of a 15th century defensive structure and chapel dedicated to Saint Catherine of Alexandria. It was one of the various forts built around this time to protect the...

    Portimão
  • Porta de Sao Goncalo Lagos Fort and City Walls

    Today most visitors to Lagos come for the stunning beaches and vibrant nightlife.  But this place has seen a small amount of bloodshed over the centuries.  The Phoenicians, Romans, Visigoths and Moors all made their...

    Lagos
  • Almourol Castle

    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.

    Santarém
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Silves Castle

    Situated overlooking the town below Silves Castle is considered the best preserved of the Moorish castle in Portugal

    Silves

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