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Largo Doutor Martins Lima, Barcelos 4750-318, Portugal
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We wandered along the narrow lanes to visit the derelict Earl’s Palace, constructed between 1406-1412 for Afonso, Barcelo’s 8th earl. It was damaged in an earthquake and fell into disrepair between the 17th-18th centuries. In 1910, it was declared a national monument. A couple of...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Craig M
Reviewed 17 February 2018

I liked this castle ruins in Barcelos, It was peaceful and interesting with some information tiles attached to the walls where you could read about is's history. And it's completely free of charge. The view from the castle is great over the river and to...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Kvalka
Reviewed 29 July 2017

This spot is very important in Portugals history: it was one of the first palaces the Portuguese monarch stayed in. People say that Portugal was 'born' in Barcelos.

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed 28 July 2017

One more piece of the puzzle of the fascinating history of Portugal can be found in the ruins of this castle, sitting on top of a small hill overlooking Cávados River. The drawings in the tiles show how imposing and magnificent it once was.

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank vitorbabrazil
Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

These are cool old ruins of yesterday. Open to the public to explore. Good place to have lunch and enjoy the breathtaking vistas. Don't miss this spot! I would come back.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank mrportland
Reviewed 6 October 2016

I went through Barcelos as part of the Camino Portugues. The first thing I noticed when we crossed over the bridge from Barcelinhos to Barcelos was the ruin, which sits on top on a small hill. After checking into our albergue which was a kilometer...More

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank KathleenR_28
Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

I enjoyed the walk to the ruins, the scenery is gorgeous and while what's displayed in the former paço is by no means outstanding, it is laid graciously. Go see it!

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank ThystVB
Reviewed 4 July 2016

This is a great location for all skill levels. Or Paco Barcelos. These are the ruins of an old palace overlooking a river below. It is totally exposed, no bathrooms, roof of sits. Easy walk to and from the center of town. If you are...More

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank AlexF939
Reviewed 26 March 2016

From the ruins of the old castle you get a beautiful landscape; you overlook the river the medieval bridge and the pilgrims’ hostel. In fact Barcelos has been a stopover for pilgrims along many centuries and the pillory illustrates it quite well depicting the legend...More

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank Vitor A
Reviewed 10 August 2015

This ancient castle has a lot of history which it offers which makes it incredibly interesting to see. It is very close to the river and which makes the views exceptional to see and take pictures. One thing which I would say needs improving or...More

Date of experience: July 2015
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