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Castelo da Torre de Garcia D'Avila

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Address: Praia do Forte | Dentro do acesso de Praia do Forte, subindo a colina Tatuapara, Mata de Sao Joao, State of Bahia 48280-000, Brazil

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Impressive colonial era example

My fiancee and I toured this site in Dec '16 and found it to be impressive and interesting. Unfortunately, due to the current state of affairs, the site and the road leading to... read more

Reviewed February 18, 2017
Manheim, Pennsylvania
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Manheim, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews
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Reviewed February 18, 2017

My fiancee and I toured this site in Dec '16 and found it to be impressive and interesting. Unfortunately, due to the current state of affairs, the site and the road leading to it are in desperate need of maintenance. The dirt entrance road was a bit of an obstacle course due to heavy rain washed gullies. Park employees were... More 

Thank OilyAmerican
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 505 helpful votes
Reviewed November 22, 2016 via mobile

In a good day, coming to these ruins can make a great half a day because while the castle ruins are interesting pee se, the surroundings and the views from the beach are amazing too. Guide recommended

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Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed July 29, 2016 via mobile

Historical place with so much to teach for the kids about the colonization period in Brasil. Great structure with some informative pictures aboit the resatauration of this castle, one of the biggest in lately Bahia. We get a ride in a 4x4 quadricicle and were a great experience and adventure for the kids. Hightly recomend !

Thank Lucylovestravel
Estepona, Spain
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Reviewed February 27, 2016 via mobile

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... More 

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Reviewed June 17, 2015 via mobile

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... More 

1 Thank Tgamb
Lisbon, Portugal
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Reviewed December 30, 2014

Now in ruins, it was the house of a portuguese nobleman that owned these lands when portuguese first arrived in Brazil, Is a big palace with chapel and you have a fantastic view to the sea and palm trees. it was in a high place so they could see the enemy arriving.

Thank ninaferrazdeandrade
The Hague
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Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

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... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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Reviewed February 1, 2014

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!

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Brasilia, DF
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Reviewed December 2, 2013

When I wrote on this attraction recently I was surprised to find two separate threads in Tripadvisor, this one i.e. Castelo Garcia d'Avila and the less frequented thread with the official name "Casa de Torre Garcia d'Avila" Moreover the address seems to be somewhat confused therefore I post a picture of the route from downtown Praia do Forte to the... More 

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Brasilia, DF
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Reviewed November 27, 2013

It is rare to find artifacts from european colonization of the americas in the 1500s, let alone a castle built with medieval techniques still standing! Granted the roof fell in in the 1930s but the castle is still largely intact and the chapel has been in steady use until recently, when preservation and archeological work began. The site is magnificent... More 

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