Castelo Branco Travel Guide

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Castelo Branco Things to Do

  • Castle

    Castelo Branco means "white castle" but the name seems to come from Roman time. the remains atop the hill are from a castle built in the 13Th century by the Templar. Severely damaged by the wars, it still houses a classified church and a few tombs.

  • Jardim do Paço

    It's referred everywhere as the most remarkable point of Castelo Branco. That's why, passing there, we couldn't stop without seeing it. It's a nice small baroque garden, easy to visit, and... deserves your stop.

  • Jardim do Paco

    The Garden of the Episcopal Paco of Castelo Branco shows as one of the most original units of the baroque in Portugal. In special in that it respects to the legal one: to the symbolic aspects and the disposal of its elements in thematic passages. It was the Bishop of Guarda, D. Joao de Mendonca (1711-1736) that it ordered and probably guided the...

  • Convento de Santo Antonio dos capuchos

    In the northeast of Castello Branco and in the limit of the Devesa, was established in 1562 the monastery of Antonio Saint of the Capuchos by D. Fernando de Meneses, comendador and alcaide-mor of this village. Workmanship of sec. XVI, was suffering diverse alterations.

  • Convento da Graca

    In the north of Castelo Branco, together to the museum Tavares Proenca Junior, existed the convent of the Graca that belonged, up to 1526, to the Order of S. Francisco, passing later to St. Augustin, being there installed the Casa Saint of the Mercy. Its Church was constructed in sec. XVI.

  • Square and Cruzeiro de Sao Joao

    Sao Joao square is realy a nice place to relax and admire this XVIthe cross, and the XIX century buildings with great architecture features.

  • The castle

    Built by the Templários, probably between 1214 and 1230. You'll have a fantastic view all over the city. The day was hot and sunny! :)


    In the Old Square, that is the center mediaval period, it meets old Domus Municipalis, workmanship of the principles of séc. XVI, target of some reconstructions

  • The cathedral

    The church of S. Miguel, retraces probably to séc. XIII or séc. XIV, that very it was ruined in the last quarter of séc. XVII. Due to scarcity of half making a monumental workmanship, it was D. Martim Alfonso de Melo, Bishop of Guarda, that rebuilt it in the last quarter of century XVII, paying most of the expenditures.Really beautifull!


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Castelo Branco Restaurants


    I recently went to this restaurant with a group of friends (with kids). As we were nearly 50 people, we called and book the tables and chose the menu previously. We also agreed in the price per person over the phone. After making the payment, we asked for the invoice (as per normal) and to our surprise the lady said that she would not issue the...

  • Kalifa (only if everything else is...

    A large restaurant that sells itself on providing "local dishes". We usually avoid the larger restaurants, but this one looked nice and not overly fancy. Turns out we were wrong, the prices were quite high on average and the food was a total disappointment. I had a meat dish and the meat was very dry and stringy, maybe they do not ruin the chicken...

  • Good Seafood, kindest service

    A really nice discovery! Good ambience, excellent service and amazing food. Main dishes around 9€. The owner was so nice that, although they didn't have the pastries we asked for, he sent a person to buy them... ¡Un estupendo descubrimiento! Buena decoración, servicio excelente y comida alucinante. Los platos principales cuestan unos 9 €.. El dueño...


Castelo Branco Off The Beaten Path

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    The granite village of Monsanto is a short drive to the north-east of Castelo Branco. Squeezed up against a slope on an extremely steep hill below a square-built fortress, Monsanto was voted Portugal's 'most typical village' in 1938.

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  • The Se (cathedral)

    The Se (cathedral) here in Castelo Branco was a surprise, we passed it by on our way to visit the Jardim Episcopal and almost did not notice it. One of the least ornate buildings we have seen that are devoted to the religious faith. It was closed on the day we were there, the entrance gate locked tight, so we could only admire from outside.

  • Jardim Episcopal

    Beautifully manicured gardens compliment the statues and water elements, a wonderful place to take the family for a short rest on your trip, a less hectic tourist environment.

  • Jardim Episcopal, world, astrology,...

    The garden in the lower section also has a variety of statues that include representatives of each of the signs of the Zodiac, like the Leo shown here. Also statues for each of the continents, such as Asia, Europe, etc. Also are the virtues such as Temperance shown here, but Prudence and others you will have to search for.A few of the pedestals are...


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