This dominates the city's skyline. It is from the 10th century, 28 meters high, and stands on a fort that keeps the bastions of the 15th century. 7 square towers, constructed on the rock. Although the set is hybrid, the result is homogeneous, because the square towers and battlements return a traditional picture book castle. What is more surprising, is the tour of the yard, which sits on a rocky outcropping in place of the pavement, and provides a sense of strength that is quintessential. Below the castle stands the church of San Miguel (del Castillo),a XII century Romanesque one the small size of the population at the time of the Middle Ages. It has the font in which the waters received Alfonso Enriquez, who would cement the Portuguese kingdom.
Chaves Castle is in the highest part of the city, next to the Praça de Camões, in the historic center and pedestrian area of Chaves. You have excellent views of the whole city from here. It is surrounded by walls and beautiful gardens, in which the remains of the fortification exhibit as shields or fragments of columns or walls. It was built by the Portuguese king Dinis in the 14th century, and is classified as a National Monument. Currently only the keep is preserved, a quadrangular building and topped by battlements which measure about 28 meters (four floors). Inside you will find the Military Museum, which exhibits military costumes, uniforms, armor, flags, weapons ... From the Middle Ages to the present. There is also a section dedicated to military documents, which explains the techniques to defend the city against attacks from the Spanish. The city maintains two defensive strengths: The Forte de São Francisco and Forte de São Neutel.
Lamego Castle is a 12th century military construction that's located on a hill that overlooks the city, with great views of the Tower of Homage. You can visit the primitive walls by Porta do Fogo, or the Puerta del Sol, thus defining the structure of the wall that was closed when I visited. Asking a neighbor told us that opened Sunday morning. So there are some pictures taken right at the top of the hill and at the bottom of the city. Regarding the visitation schedule seems to open on Sundays from 10 to 12 hours per week from 14 to 16 hours.
Powerful castle tower, that presides a fort on a hill above the city. Black rain-slicked stone that is everlasting, which resist the inexorable pace of the universal clock. . . when we are gone, you will be right there
The visit was strange. I don't know if you can enter freely at any time or if you're getting into where you shouldn't, because there's no one at the door or anywhere else. Some room are being restored and others are completely left. Very rare.
The Castle of Santa Maria da Feira is at the top of this beautiful city in central Portugal. It is a medieval castle which was built in the 11th and 12th centuries. Next to the ticket office, you can visit a beautiful chapel. The castle is very well preserved and you can climb walls and towers to admire the beautiful view of the city. The day I was there, there were lots of parties and games for kids throughout the castle, with many kids doing gymkhanas throughout the castle. Admission is 3€.
Lindoso Castle was constructed during the reign of D. Alfonso III, around the year 1250, to integrate its defense policy in the border areas, which were extended in the reign of King Dionysius. This castle played a sinificant role during the War of Restoration of Independence of Portugal, and it went through many periods of modernization. Since the late 19th century it lost its military importance, was abandoned and in decline. Since the 70s it was classified as a national monument and went through restoration and now is used for cultural activities promoted by the municipality, through the National Park of Peneda-Gerês and the Museu Militar do Porto. Along Lindoso Castle is another monumental with 50 corn granaries of the 18th and 18th centuries, showing a single set in the ara of great architectural beauty, arranged in a esplanade in the sun, as "warriors forming in defense of his castle ". Made completely of stone, each granary is based on many pillars with stone lattice and topped by pillars, ceilings and stone crosses of the same material. From the whole castle one can see the mountains of Peneda Geres PN and PN Límia Baixa, which together form a swamp one of the most beautiful views.
The keep is all that remains of the ancient Castle of Braga and has been declared a National Monument. It's just behind the archway and the Church of Our Lady of Lapa, in the heart of the city and was built by King Dinis (his coat of arms is on the facade). It's an embattled square tower 30 meters high, with 3 floors that are used as an exhibition hall. I was struck by the different carved symbols and anagrams, both inside and outside.
The fort of São Neutel is one of three defensive fortresses in Chaves (the others are the castle and strong S. Francisco). It is on São Neutel hill, north of the city, directly between Infantry Regiment barracks and the municipal football stadium. It's tricky to get there, since there are no markers and in terms of information and tourism does not appear, being only the historical, but it's easy to get there: From downtown, take the Two Allies Avenue to the Combatentes Great War roundabout, straight through it taking Nuno Alvares Avenue and at the next roundabout, turn right. The fort can be visited only on the outside. It is a massive fortress, built on the model of French Vauban construction. It has a square with a star, with bastions at the corners, and is surrounded by a moat and two walled with huge granite walls seven meters high. It was built by General Andrade e Sousa in 1664. Inside the complex there is the chapel of Our Lady of Brotas. This fort is listed as a National Monument.
The keep is the most striking of the seven at Guimarães Castle. It's the tallest tower (28 meters high), square and built of masonry with thick walls topped by battlements. It's in the center of the courtyard and to access it you have to cross a wooden footbridge, you can go inside as it's restored and it has wooden stairs to access the different floors. The castle was declared a National Monument of Portugal.
This bastion tower was built during the reign of Manuel I (XV century) to defend the port of Viana, and is located at the mouth of the river Lima. Subsequently, it was found to be insufficient and was built around the Castle Fortress Santiago da Barra. The tower is late Gothic, rectangular and topped by battlements. It's been a watchtower, a jail and even a weather station.
This castle is located on the highest peak of a mountain, 300 m. over the Vila de Castro Laboreiro (Portugal), about 1030 meters above the sea. It is in the mountains of PN Peneda Geres, at the border of the Alto Minho and along the Camino de Santiago Braga which passes through Lobios and Entrimo to Santiago. It is one of the most iconic military monuments in Portuguese military history. It consists of two sets of Romanesque style terraced walls. It's worth the visit because, from its strategic position and height, there are great views of the rivers, mountain villages and valleys of the Peneda Geres National Park, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Vila de Castro has good restaurants and hotels, if you want to stay longer.
The Fort of San Juan Bautista (Forte de São João Baptista) is also known as the Castle of San Juan Bautista or simply as Fort Esposende. It's in Marinhas neighborhood, at the end of the promenade along the Cávado river estuary and is a Property of Public Interest. It was built in the late seventeenth century, during the reign of Peter II, to protect the Cávado river mouth. It has a 5-pointed star shape with a bastion at each vertex and hexagonal booths. Next to the fort is the metal Esposende lighthouse, built in 1866.