Arraiolos Castle
Arraiolos Castle
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK6,890 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
From a distance it looks a decent castle but up close it disappoints. Driving following satnav you drive through the castle main gate without really realising you have entered the castle itself. There is then rough gravel ground in many places for random parking. The grounds were overgrown but nothing a little work wouldn’t improve. But apart from good views in all directions from the walls there is nothing to see. The large church in the centre, with a promising description of originally 13c with modifications over the centuries was locked.
Written July 28, 2021
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lyeardley
Marlborough, UK24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Friends
We stopped over on a clear, sunny Sunday morning on the way to Evora. At that time little else was open but it was worth the drive up to the top for the spectacular views.
Written March 27, 2016
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Marygla
Lisbon, Portugal19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Couples
The previous reviewers are quite right in their descriptions: it is one more castle on top of the hill. Yet, I guess I liked it and as I encountered nice people and we joked about the Portuguese kingdom and its effort to get rid of the Moors or other invaders, I think I had a good time because of them.
Though, it's a pity that there is no way to get more information on the site about what actually happened there and, much worse, the small church was closed, I supposed out of security issues? Or lack of money.
But as one walks through Arroiolos one has to pass through the castle and then admire the rugs and find out why they are so succesful.
History, rugs and castle: dusty but always updatable...
Written October 10, 2013
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paulandc0
Sintra, Portugal4,657 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Couples
We had come to Arraiolos for a stay at the Pousada plus a wine tasting session at Ravasqueira, and decided to try the best restaurant in town (O Alpendre) and get a feel for the local made carpets (we ended up buying one in the first and only shop we visited).
But the castle and dominating church overlooking this quaint village was a total surprise.
Written December 11, 2020
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Bruno S
Lisbon, Portugal61 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
This castle is a reference of the battlement defences of the moors, and the walls are still standing
Written July 25, 2020
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Martin C
Caracas, Venezuela10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
We visited another of the great castles in the Iberian peninsular last month - this one on the edge of Evora, and town that is very popular with visitors. However, to get away from some of the tourism of Evora - which is a worthy place to visit, then short trips out to the great castes at Evramonte and here to Arraiolos are stringly recommended. We got there later in the day and were the only people walking around the himpressive walls which sit atop a mound close to the white-washed town. In the centre of the extensive circular walls sits a church - unfortunately locked when we were there. But there was enough of interest in the crumbling fortifications and the entry gates to keep one's intrest. Plus the solitude after the busy streets of Evora will come as a welcome relief if you like castles especially!
Written October 9, 2019
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GFLX
Sintra, Portugal1,152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
Don’t miss Arraiolos Castle, probably the biggest symbol of Arraiolos, on top of the hill.
Recommended!
Written May 3, 2018
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RiodeJaneiroCris
Rio de Janeiro, RJ87 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017
Better castles to visit than this one...only some small rocks of the castle with terrain not well maintained
Written October 21, 2017
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LisboetaAbroad
Leesburg, VA476 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
Made a pit stop in Arraiolos and decided to drive up to the castle. We were the only visitors; took a few minutes to climb the wall and admire the Alentejo plains. We then walked into the church which was surprisingly pretty and cool (outside, the sun was burning at about 100 degrees). The two teenagers managing the souvenir and water stand were friendly and helpful, chatting with us in English and providing directions to the town.
The castle itself isn't spectacular but the views are stunning and the whole place is quiet and peaceful. Definitely worth stopping by.
Written August 8, 2017
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John M
Raleigh, NC1,743 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
You can either walk up or drive. Driving is a challenge and the road is narrow and not in great shape. Either way, it's worth it as the views are wonderful. It's an interesting place to be as it just reeks of history. The wall is terrific to walk on. But there is no safety net. It is free to be there after all!
Written May 18, 2017
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