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Medieval castle

Last month was under renovation, so I did not see it in full bloom. Very nice views from the... read more

Reviewed 13 July 2018
Ana L
Boliden, Sweden
An 11th Century Castle, Up Close

On the outskirts of Lousa, the Lousa Castle, under renovation when we were there with restricted... read more

Reviewed 30 April 2018
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Em 580 | In front of Ermida de Nossa Senhora da Piedade, Lousa 3200, Portugal
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Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

The castle on its own don’t worth the visit but the surroundings totally yes. Go to the site and skip the castle, you will not regreat

Thank Miguel S
Reviewed 13 July 2018

Last month was under renovation, so I did not see it in full bloom. Very nice views from the castle. Also, a nice area for a picnic or a swim :)

Thank Ana L
Reviewed 21 June 2018 via mobile

We drove in on motorcycles and stayed in this Castle! What a class treat after a long break day's ride through the forests and villages of the Serra da Estrella. Staff were extremely helpful and service was excellent. Rooms are dated but not like motel...More

Thank Whispersthat W
Reviewed 30 April 2018

On the outskirts of Lousa, the Lousa Castle, under renovation when we were there with restricted access, still impresses from its imposing contours and its schist construction. The castle is a short walk to the picnic area, restaurant and pools down the hill. The Lousa...More

1  Thank doctorbobster
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Well worth a visit, near to a restaurant and a natural swimming pool. Book the restaurant or take a picnic. Arrive early for a parking place.

2  Thank Paulette S
Reviewed 29 September 2017

The history and architecture of this region is unique. Made of schist or slate-like layered earth, forts, castles, communities of houses, a Sanctuary and infrastructure build during the 17-1800's in this mid-mountain region of Portugal. The hike was even better. We started at the Lousa...More

1  Thank HikerDoc21208
Reviewed 17 September 2017

To take this hike/walk is the best way to get to the castle. The trail is well marked and goes past the paper plant (started in the 1700's), numerous ancient old mills, follows a stream that you cross back and forth over, with lush vegetation....More

2  Thank RICK B
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Although the castle not open to public, the nature around the castle is simply breathtaking. We came here just for a quick stop before the start of our hike to the Talasnal Schist villages.

1  Thank John G
Reviewed 11 April 2017

This place is so immersed in nature and really beautiful. It's nice to walk around and take pictures, to have a picnic, or just chilling. The sadness part is that the castle is closed, so we can't see the inside. Although it worth the visit...More

1  Thank Patrícia S
Reviewed 26 March 2017

Worth a quick stop to understand the historical significance of the area and the strategic position of the castle, it really is a ruin with only the castle keep standing. However , drop down the slope alongside to the Ermida de Nossa Sra. Da Piedade...More

1  Thank John S
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