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Largo Doutor Martins Lima, Barcelos 4750-318, Portugal
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Reviewed February 16, 2018

I liked this castle ruins in Barcelos, It was peaceful and interesting with some information tiles attached to the walls where you could read about is's history. And it's completely free of charge. The view from the castle is great over the river and to...More

Thank Kvalka
Reviewed July 28, 2017

This spot is very important in Portugals history: it was one of the first palaces the Portuguese monarch stayed in. People say that Portugal was 'born' in Barcelos.

2  Thank Christophe W
Reviewed July 28, 2017

One more piece of the puzzle of the fascinating history of Portugal can be found in the ruins of this castle, sitting on top of a small hill overlooking Cávados River. The drawings in the tiles show how imposing and magnificent it once was.

1  Thank vitorbabrazil
Reviewed May 8, 2017 via mobile

These are cool old ruins of yesterday. Open to the public to explore. Good place to have lunch and enjoy the breathtaking vistas. Don't miss this spot! I would come back.

Thank mrportland
Reviewed October 5, 2016

I went through Barcelos as part of the Camino Portugues. The first thing I noticed when we crossed over the bridge from Barcelinhos to Barcelos was the ruin, which sits on top on a small hill. After checking into our albergue which was a kilometer...More

Thank KathleenR_28
Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

I enjoyed the walk to the ruins, the scenery is gorgeous and while what's displayed in the former paço is by no means outstanding, it is laid graciously. Go see it!

Thank ThystVB
Reviewed July 4, 2016

This is a great location for all skill levels. Or Paco Barcelos. These are the ruins of an old palace overlooking a river below. It is totally exposed, no bathrooms, roof of sits. Easy walk to and from the center of town. If you are...More

Thank Alex F
Reviewed March 25, 2016

From the ruins of the old castle you get a beautiful landscape; you overlook the river the medieval bridge and the pilgrims’ hostel. In fact Barcelos has been a stopover for pilgrims along many centuries and the pillory illustrates it quite well depicting the legend...More

Thank Vitor A
Reviewed August 9, 2015

This ancient castle has a lot of history which it offers which makes it incredibly interesting to see. It is very close to the river and which makes the views exceptional to see and take pictures. One thing which I would say needs improving or...More

Thank 748mrf
Reviewed July 8, 2015

You can find historical heritage in a unique archeological collection in the heart of the town. The surrounding landscape is full of medieval buildings including the medieval bridge, framed by the Cávado river. Excellent for ex-libris photographs.

1  Thank jpedro
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