Castles and Palaces in Portugal
13th century citadel surrounded by 15 towers. In the centre is the 33 metre high keep, the Torre de Menagem
The southwestern-most point of continental Europe is both geographically and historically significant. It is the site of Henry the Navigator's 15th century fortress and also the Rosa dos Ventos, a 43 metre compass laid out on the ground.
The whitewashed village of Marvão clings to the sides of a craggy granite peak of the Serra de São Mamede in the northern Alentejo. Crowning the 960 metre (3,000 ft) peak is the largely 13th century castle of Marvão.
Ruins of once grand castle
Set in a commanding position overlooking Portugal's capital, the Castelo de São Jorge dates back to Moorish times. The existing citadel is mainly medieval and contains the ruins of the royal palace and gardens