Castelo da Torre de Garcia D'Avila

Castelo da Torre de Garcia D'Avila

Castelo da Torre de Garcia D'Avila
4

Top ways to experience Castelo da Torre de Garcia D'Avila and nearby attractions

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as wait time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.


4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles824 reviews
Excellent
359
Very good
332
Average
110
Poor
17
Terrible
6

Daniel-SSA
Salvador, BA142 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2012 • Couples
Went there for the third time with my wife and her grandma, and I was really sorry to see that only one family, besides us, was touring around the place, that hosts a good visiting center and a parking lot for at least thirty cars.

It's a little far from the beach - you need to go through a 2km red dirt road, in good conditions - but that alone can't be the reason for its emptiness.

The ruins are very impressive for anyone interested in the Americas history. The building is reportedly the only "medieval castle in America" and from there Garcia D'Avila - its owner - ran an absurdly large property, spanning more than 1000km from Bahia to Maranhão. The construction began in 1551 and it is one of the oldest structures still standing in Brazil.

The chapel was restored and the rest was preserved but kept as a ruin. The result is a beautiful contrast. The place is on top of a hill, surrounded by palm trees and allows great views from the upper floor, that covers a few kilometers of beaches.

Since nobody was there, the bar was closed and the guides were available. The entrance is expensive, but I think it's a fair price to preserve the structure. Probably the insufficient adiversiting is responsible for the lack of visitors - But don't be afraid, the place is perfectly safe and well kept by its staff. I definitely recommend it as a glimpse a history in an otherwise "beaches-and-sun-and-relaxation" destination.

I'm pretty sure it deserves to be at least in a tentative list to became a World Heritage Site, because of its importance to the colonization of northeastern Brazil in the mid 16th century.
Written February 17, 2012
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

FOSheye
Estepona, Spain173 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Friends
They initiated the castle in 1551 and there is very good explanation about the history at the castle, just only in Portuguese! Not easy to be foreign tourist in Brazil, very few places you get info in other languages than Portuguese! Anyway the castle can be recommended also due to its fantastic location with a beautiful view to the beach and the Pojuca river!
Written February 27, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Tgamb
13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
The Castle was fascinating and a great place to visit but make sure you have a guide who speaks your language. Our hotel, Tivoli, offered tours only for the price of the bus ride and also provided us a guide who spoke English. Without her, the trip would not have been nearly as interesting since the visitor center signs are in Portuguese and didn't provide nearly as much information as our guide. The overall trip takes about 1.5 hours and you get to walk through the house. It is so neat the way they have it set up. Only the chapel is restored but you can walk through the ruins of the house which seems pretty rare to me. They have also put in stairs and platforms so you can go up to the second floor. Only a 10 minute bus ride from our hotel, this is definitely a historic gem of Praia do Forte.
Written June 17, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

PRS
Europe113 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Family
The castle is very interesting. However, there were no guides, no brochures, no guards... There was nobady that could explain to us what those ruins were one, who lived there and what happened!
Written February 1, 2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Hague-expat124
Reading, UK47 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Family
As one of the first surviving Portuguese buildings it has lots of historic relevance. We stayed at the Eco hotel nearby and they provided a guide. There seemed to be no English info without this.
A few facts that struck me. Highest point for long way, hence used as observation point to warn Salvador of approaching attacks.
Built by a soldier who was given land to farm/ develop as long as paid taxes to Portugal. Continued to develop and gain more land, until at peak controlled 10% of what is now Brazil. Family kept it close over 10 generations. Was key centre for whaling trade, whales landed at the ruins at beach below, in the Eco hotel grounds.....
Written August 5, 2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Molnar71
Toronto, Canada81 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Couples
Good site to visit. Recently renewed tourist infrastructure. It is really worth the visit. It's located outside town at 2-3 Km from village entrance. Area is well preserved and the visit is also informative.
Written February 25, 2013
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Mconstantino
Rio de Janeiro, RJ4,253 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2012 • Couples
If you go to Praia do Forte and if you like ruins, do not miss this.

It's not actually a castle, it's the ruins of what was once a castle. We're talking about a castle built in the 16/17th century (initiated in 1551 and concluded in 1624) in the brazilian coast -- how about that!

Still, there is no information in the ruins themselves. You'll only find some information about the place in the visitor's area, before the ruins.

I got there in the end of an afternoon, which made the visit even more interesting due to the sunset light. Very few people there -- I think it's usually like this.

Getting there:
By car - as you pass by the city's portico (while entering Praia do Forte), take your right.
If you're at the beach area without a car you may negotiate some kind of transportation. It's a long distance if you decide to walk from there.

Cost was R$ 10 pp in feb/12.
Written March 16, 2012
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Silvio P
Sao Paulo, SP48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
These ruins of a former castle stand on the top of a hill overlooking the sea. It worth a visit, especially late afternoon, when you can appreciate the sunset. It is pretty well preserved, with sidewalks in the first floor where you can take pictures of the castle having the sea as background. If the store is opened, buy the book which tells the history of the castle, with also beautiful pictures.
Written December 22, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Rafael G
Sao Paulo, SP53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Family
This is a nice place to visit if you are at Praia do Forte or around. The ruins of a medieval castle that commanded a huge state in the 16 and 17th centuries.
Written November 13, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jason S
Frederick, MD476 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
We were not going to visit here at first because of the lack of English speaking people on the property. But we did stop here with our ATV Tour Guide. So we employed Google Translate and are so glad we did.
We would have missed a wonderful artifact of the past and a glimpse of how Bahia was discovered by the Portuguese how settlements began.
Written September 30, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 24
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

Castelo da Torre de Garcia D'Avila - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (2024)

All Mata de Sao Joao HotelsMata de Sao Joao Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in Mata de Sao Joao
All things to do in Mata de Sao Joao
Day Trips in Mata de Sao JoaoAmusement Parks in Mata de Sao JoaoZoos & Aquariums in Mata de Sao Joao
RestaurantsFlightsVacation RentalsTravel StoriesCruisesRental Cars