Castles

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  • Leiria Castle

    Impressive 12th century castle overlooking the town. The castle was built to defend against reconquest by the Moors, and this did indeed happen on 2 occasions. The castle also contains a 15th century palace within its walls

    Leiria
    Castles Palaces and Historic Houses
  • 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
  • Forte de São João Baptista - Vila do Conde

    Also known more simply as Vila do Conde Castle, Forte de São João (Baptista) was first constructed in the 1570s. Standing at the mouth of the River Ave, it is named in honour of Saint John the Baptist, the city's patron saint. However, it was...

    Vila do Conde
    Castles
  • 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
    Castles
  • Cidadela de Cascais

    This 15th century citadel, overlooking Cascais marina at the mouth of the Tejo Estuary, has played a crucial role in the history of Portugal, having witnessed fights against pirates as well as battles against Spanish and French forces.

    The...

    Cascais
    Castles
  • 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
    Castles
  • Fortaleza de Sagres and wind rose

    The Fort of Sagres is located on a dramatic, narrow headland that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean to form Portugal's most south-westerly point. It dates back to the 15th Century, a time when the...

    Sagres
    Castles
  • Castelo de Paderne

    Not a great deal remains of Parderne's castle, but given its antiquity this is not surprising. Built from sandstone and earth the castle sits on a promontory overlooking the Quarteira River around 10 kilometres inland from Albufeira.

    The...

    Albufeira
    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
  • Pinhel old town and castle

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

    Guarda
    Castles

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