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Review of Paderne Castle

Paderne Castle
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Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

We lost time to visit this castle. it's simple. Don't have any people there. The access its hard. The view its onlythe good thing

Thank Daniel W
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

We were attracted to visit Paderne Castle by an entry in our guidebook supplemented by it looking impressive from the A22 motorway.
Paderne is a small town, typical of the area with the Castle it's claim to fame.
The castle is reached by a small road which loops to the west of the village accessed at each end of the village then by a rough track/ footpath for about a mile which takes the best part of an hour to walk.
The castle itself, when reached is in quite a ruinous state with little information about it.There is a nice view but once you go into the hills in this area there are many such nice views.
We later visited Silves Castle which has been restored and allows you to fully appreciate the Moors castle construction.
If you like walking then it is a nice walk but otherwise this is a visit that you can miss without any great loss considering the other sites in this area of the Algarve.

4  Thank marsh-land
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

Ruins surrounded by scrub. Decent view but, unless you are captivated by Moorish ruins, give this a swerve.

3  Thank jeremy099
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Located in the top of a mountain, you find an incredible view, interesting story and quite unique materials, still to be exposed and explained if you didn't buy a book on it. Gorgeous surroundings to wander with trails very well marked

Thank jackfer
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

Just south of the village of Paderne lies the remains of a Moorish fortress constructed entirely of taipa (rammed earth), a technique for building walls using the raw materials of earth, chalk, lime and gravel. Built during the last phase of Muslim occupation, high above a loop of the Quarteira River on a rocky promontory, it played a major role in defending the passage between Barrocal region and the coastline. In parts these walls are 1.8 metres wide.
A big earthquake in 1755 aggravated the state of ruin that the castle already suffered at the hands of various invaders. The houses inside the castle were inhabited until they were badly damaged by the earthquake, the occupants relocated to the village of Paderne about a kilometre to the north. Along the south wall are the ruins of the former Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Assunção dating from the 14th century, but abandoned in 1506 when the new church was constructed in the village.
Although there is little to see in the castle itself the views of the surrounding countryside (if you can ignore the motorway viaduct) are well worth the short climb and there is a footpath alongside the river to a Roman bridge and mill where you can cross the river and access footpaths on the far bank and the hills beyond.

11  Thank scousemouse
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