PORTUGAL  |  Great Castles of Portugal, Portugal Travel Guide
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
images

Great Castles of Portugal

Castelo de Almourol in Ribatejo, near Lisbon, Portugal (cc)
Photo: Migaspinto
 

Great Castles of Portugal: The 10 Most Famous Castles in Portugal

Portugal has its fair share of castles and fortresses, though mainly from the Moorish and Reconquista eras. There are actually nearly 200 of them still standing, the majority of them near Lisbon and along Portugal's border with Spain, that attest to this small, ancient, defiant country's resolve to defend itself. These castles offer an interesting contrast between the Moors' and the Crusaders' approaches to fortification, and several of them are worth seeing. Still, of the tour-worthy ones, here the the 10 best, most popular and most famous castles in Portugal.

[ Pages of interest: Great Castles of France and Best Small Towns of Portugal ]


Castelo de São Jorge

Location: Lisbon


Castelo de Almourol

Location: Ribatejo, near Lisbon


Óbidos Castle

Location: Óbidos, (subregion Oeste, district of Leiria)


Castelo dos Mouros

Location: Sintra


Castelo de Arraiolos

Castelo de Arraiolos is a rare medieval castle fortification in the district of Évora, with the main structure plunked smack in the middle of wide, circular defensive wall that takes in the entire hilltop. The castle was begun in the early 13th century under Alfonso II, and offers commanding views of the surrounding lands.

Location: Arraiolos, (Évora District)


Castelo de Santa Maria da Feira

Location:


Castelo de Montemor-o-Velho

Location:


Castelo de Evoramonte

Castelo de Evoramonte, or Evoramonte Castle, is a 16th-century castle perched on the escarpment of the Serra d' Ossa, with commanding views of ancient routes. It is, however, one of the more unusual castles of Portugal, consisting of a rectangular, three-story structure with cylindrical towers molded into the building. Architecturally, while begun in the Gothic period, it was enlarged in later centuries in the Manueline style, thus largely embodies the characteristics of the latter. It is now preserved as a Portuguese National Monument

Location: Evoramonte (municipality Estremoz, district Évora)


Palácio Nacional de Pena

Location: Sintra


Palácio Nacional de Queluz

Location: Lisbon


© Indian Chief Travel Guides

Last updated December 1, 2013
Posted in   Portugal  |  Great Castles of Portugal
No votes yet
Explore the Destination
Amenities and Resources
  • No weather for this city
Trending Themes:

Guides to Popular Ski Resorts

  • Ischgl is a small mountain village turned hip ski resort, with massive appeal among the party-hearty young crowds. It is... Read More

  • Andorra la Vella is its own little world, and not just because it’s a 290-square-mile independent principality (a fifth the... Read More

  • Bariloche (officially San Carlos de Bariloche) is the place to be seen. It is to Argentina what Aspen is to the... Read More

  • Aspen is America's most famous ski resort. And that's an understatement. For, as a ski complex, Aspen is unsurpassed. Its... Read More

  • Zermatt is a small but glamorous mountain resort town, with a population of approximately 5,700. It is one of Switzerland's... Read More

  • St. Moritz is a glitzy, alpine resort town in the celebrated Engadin Valley of Switzerland, with huge notoriety as the... Read More

  • Lake Tahoe is the premier lake resort of America, and the largest alpine lake in all of North America. It is an absolutely... Read More

  • St. Anton, Sankt Anton am Arlberg in German, is Austria's premier ski-bum resort! It's actually a small village cum... Read More

  • Kitzbühel, a small, Tyrolian resort town in the Kitzbüheler Alps, comes with international renown and huge snob appeal, and... Read More

 

Copyright © 2010-2013 Indian Chief Travel Guides. Images tagged as (cc) are licensed under the Creative Commons CC-BY-SA license.