Paco de Giela

Paco de Giela, Arcos de Valdevez: Address, Phone Number, Paco de Giela Reviews: 4.5/5

Paco de Giela
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KrisMacG
Dundee, UK110 contributions
Aug 2015 • Family
One of the area's National Monument, Paco de Giela (Manor House of Giela) is an archaeological site which includes a manor house which sits on foundations that date back to the early middle ages. The manor house and chapel, and grounds have been restored and visitors can go right inside the remains of the building. The restoration work was very well done. We were lucky at the time of the visit as this site had just opened to the public and we even had a guided tour from one of the staff that was a part of the team of archaeologists excavating and studying the site. Well worth a visit.
Written August 7, 2015
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NolugNod
19 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
By the 1€ It costs and the time it consumes is defenitly a stop you should take in mind while visiting the area. The 3 guardian cats will welcome you and your you around the little castle place, and you will have a very worth it view!
Written February 13, 2020
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Marco T
Braga, Portugal141 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
The castle has almost all its walls still standing. That gives you a good idea of how the building was in previous centuries. The tower is home of some exhibitions: in the first floor some remains found during archaeological excavations on site, some of them pre-historic; and on the second floor a non-stop video about the "Recontro de Valdevez"(something like The Valdevez Clashes) about the battle that happened on that place and ended up with the creation of the Portugal Kingdom. From the top of the tower you have a nice view from the castle itself and the surrounding fields. Not a big castle but it worth a visit. There's a free parking place on the grounds.
Written November 1, 2018
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hans-jaguar
Santa Comba Dao, Portugal18,948 contributions
Jul 2017 • Solo
The “Paço de Giela” is also located into the region of “Arcoz de Valdevez”. On your arrival you can turn to your left and you will find a spacious car park for free, and so you will have to walk a small distance up-hill to the castle. Paço de Giela is a remarkable example of the private and civil medieval and modern arquitecture, and classified as one of the most important national monuments.
Once you are arriving uphill you have the reception on your right, they are very helpful and super friendly, there was a lady going with us and explaining everything until the movie location, and from there on you are on your own. The castle is partially reconstructed but even so it is more than worth the visit and the entrance fee is “1 €”, and the staff was so friendly to give us a leaflet of the village of “Arcoz de Valdevez”, doing so we did not need to look after the “Tourist Office” and give us the opportunity to park the car and spend more time in the “Historical Part” of the village, thanks to the staff of Paço de Giela for this. It was a big help. You will be able to read our visit of this historical part into our next reviews. All together a need place and a must see location.
Written July 21, 2017
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Alesha B
6 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
A visit to the castle where the first King of Portugal lived and tells the history of this people. Has a beautiful view over the village of Arcos Valdevez
Written July 10, 2017
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John M
Raleigh, NC1,821 contributions
Apr 2017
This is one of the best castle visits in Portugal. It is full of historical presentations about the founding of Portugal in 1141 by the first Portuguese king Afonso Henriques and how he took control of Portugal from King Alfonso VII of Castile and Leon. There is a very large hi-def screen that shows a reenactment of this. Other interactive screens let you slide over pictures of artifacts to learn their history. The castle was declared a national monument in 1910, and in 2014 it was completely rehabilitated. It's a real gem that should not be missed when traveling through northern Portugal.
Written May 15, 2017
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avbeleza
Braga, Portugal96 contributions
Apr 2016 • Friends
Paço de Giela was an abandoned noble residence that had a tower with commanding view. The house has some Manueline elements like a windows and it's original door and it's dated from the beginning of the middle ages. The house itself suffered several modifications along the centuries and some of them are still visible today.
The house was subject to some archaeological excavations and it was completely rebuilt and after a few years of works it finally opened to the public in 2015. It has amazing views and definitely is worth visiting.
Written June 23, 2016
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