Castles, Portuguese

   "Castles in Spain,' still a common phrase in English, can conjure up romantic images of scenery in neighboring Spain. Although less well known, "Castles in Portugal" are also quite numerous and equally remarkable, romantic, and scenic. Virtually all have been fully restored since the 1930s, when preparations began for the 1940 Double Centenary celebrations. Major Portuguese castles are listed below and several of them have individual entries in this dictionary (noted in boldface type). This is by no means an exhaustive list.
   Lisbon Region São Jorge Castle Palmella Castle* Belém Tower Moorish Castle, Sintra Pena Palace, Sintra Tagus River Valley
   Castle of Torres Novas/Castle of São Filipe (Setúbal)* Castle of Almourol Central/Southern Portugal Castle of Abrantes
   Castle of Belver Castle of Silves (Algarve)
   Castle of Torres Vedras Castle of Marvão
   Castle of Óbidos Castle of Vide
   Castle of Peniche Castle of Alter do Chão
   Castle of Ourém Castles of Elvas
   Castles of Tomar Castle of Estremoz*
   Castle of Pombal Castle of Salir
   Castle of Montemor-o-Velho Castle of Beja
   Castle of Mértola
   Castle of Bode*
   Northern Portugal
   Castle of Louzã Castle of Guimarães
   Castle of Feira Castle of Lanhoso
   Castle of S. João da Foz Castle of Montalegre
   Castle of Chaves Castle of Valença
   Castle of Monção Castle of Bragança
   Castle of Penedono Castle of Celórico da Beira
   Castle of Belmonte Castle of Sabugal
   *Indicates castle is now a pousada (state inn) where visitors can stay.

Historical dictionary of Portugal 3rd ed.. . 2014.

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