Castles are buildings loaded with history and incredible stories that last forever.
They send us to other ages, make us travel back in time and feed our imagination.
Portugal has many of them and most are in great shape waiting for your visit.
Today I present to you some of the best preserved castles in Portugal.
1 - Santa Maria Castle
Location: Santa Maria da Feira - Aveiro; Style: gothic and Manueline; Conservation: Good;
Formerly the head of the Land of Santa Maria, ex libris da Feira, it is considered one of the most complete examples of medieval military architecture in the country, since it represents the wide range of defensive elements used in the period.
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2 - Montemor-o-Velho Castle
Location: Montemor-o-Velho - Coimbra; Style: Romanesque and Gothic; Conservation: Good;
In a dominant position in the village, on the right bank of the Mondego river, at the mouth of the river, in the context of the Christian Reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula, it was a strategic point in defense of the Baixo Mondego border line, in particular the Coimbra region. It was, for that reason, the main fortification of the region, at the time.
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3 - Bragança Castle
Location: Santa Maria - Bragança; Style: Gothic; Conservation: Good;
In Trás-os-Montes, in the extreme northeast of the country, on the banks of the Fervença river, it is one of the most important and well preserved Portuguese castles. From the top of its walls you can see the mountain ranges of Montesinho and Sanabria (to the north), Rebordões (to the northeast) and Nogueira (to the west).
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4 - Almourol Castle
Location: Praia do Ribatejo - Santarém; Style: Romanesque and Gothic; Conservation: Good;
Located on a granite outcrop 18 m above sea level, on a small island 310 m long and 75 m wide, in the middle course of the river Tagus, just below its confluence with the river Zêzere, at the time of the Reconquest part of the so-called Tagus Line, now the Templar Tourism Region. It is one of the most representative examples of the military architecture of the time, evoking simultaneously the beginnings of the kingdom of Portugal and the Order of the Templars, an association that reinforces the aura of mystery and romanticism.
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5 - Montalegre Castle
Location: Montalegre - Vila Real; Style: Gothic; Conservation: Good;
At the top of a granite hill, from where the mountains of Gerês (in the west) and Larouco (in the East) and the course of the river Cávado (in the North) can be seen, the castle dominates the village, a few kilometers from the border with Galicia. Together with the Castle of Piconha, near Tourém, and the Castle of Portelo, in Sendim (Padornelos).
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