Manueline style apparently is named after King Manuel 1495-1521, and characterised by a use of elaborate ornamentation such as doors, windows, arcades encrusted with elaborate stonework.
Recommended sites with Manueline decoration include the Jeronimos monastery at Belem, the Convento do Cristo at Tomar, the great abbey at Batalha, the church at Setubal.
In the reign of Manuel's successor, King Joao III the decorative excesses of the Manueline style were replaced by the more orderly and sober Italian classicism so Manueline did not continue much beyond 1640.
The map guide i obtained from the Castle staff showed the sights to see around the streets including sites of Manueline style.
Excellent panoramic views from the castle tower over the keep, village and areas out further.
You can take the stairs for a small fee to the tower top but theres a small man hole you have to climb up through and out to get onto the roof!!
The castelo dates from 1169 with huge keep when it was built to claim Portugal from the Spaniards. A spring runs along the gully beneath the great slabs of rock that the castle is built on and as you walk around the village you will see or hear the continuous water supply bubbling its way along.
Entry to the castle was free but to go up the tower for the excellent view over the village and the area was 2 euro. postcards were for sale, of particular interest a postcard picturing a work of art of Vasco.
The castle was open until 6pm when i got there but from november is open till 5pm or sunset.
It was initially difficult for me to find the right roman road!! eventually i had to ask someone and get redirected but i found it and maybe visitors who venture to Linhares - its a lovely place but its written that public transport doesnt come here so maybe itd be independent travellers or tour bussers - anyway the roman road heads off away from the village and you can walk it for miles apparently.
Every year in July and August, with its vast open spaces, good wind, and elevation, Linhares is the venue of an international competition on Paragliding. When we were in Linhares last week, we counted around 40 countries represented in the competition this year. In this historic village is also located the INATEL Paragliding School which was established since 1993.
As an aside, it seems that when the competition is ongoing, for around 2 weeks or so, some people offer paragliding experience. We were approached by a Swiss guy who offered to take my husband for a small paragliding lesson later in the day which he refused as we were just briefly visiting. I wonder if this is usual practice. In any case, we spent a nice couple of hours spending the hottest part of the day under the shade of an olive tree near the castle wall watching the paragliders take off, drift, and land.