Castelo Branco Travel Guide
Jardim Episcopal in Castelo Branco,...
Jardim Episcopal in Castelo Branco,...
Jardim Episcopal, Castelo Branco,...
Castel 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,...
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...
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.
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 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...
PENSÃO RESIDENCIAL HORTA D'ALVA: WHITER THAN WHITE
Castelo Branco is a place to stop in any North to South journey of Portugal. After a long day of driving I came upon this white Pension with another white building inside some white walls which surround their parking area. The night desk man didn’t speak a word of any...
Kalifa: Kalifa (only if everything else is closed)
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...
Marisquería Ti Lourdes: 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...
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.
Written Dec 7, 2003
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,...
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, virtues
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...
Jardim Episcopal, water elements
The gardens have numerous water elements woven into this small space, three large pools and also various smaller fountains break up the greenery and statues that occupy every single corner of the gardens.
Jardim Episcopal, the Kings
Stairs and walls, all covered with statues depicting kings of Portugal and Spain...but there is a slight twist here, if you look at the second photo here you will see that there is a LARGE statue and a tiny statue....the Portugese did not like Spain ruling them and here they...
Jardim Episcopal, the entrance
The photos here show the lower garden and entrance area from the street for the general public.The walls on three sides are covered with blue tiles depicting the founder of the garden and also scenes from daily life, the gardens and other things.The stairs themselves, are...
Boom Festival - getting there
theres no train station at idanha a nova, you have to get a train/bus to castelo branco and then a bus from there to idanha a nova. You then walk the rest of the way into the nature reserve to reach Boom (yay Boom!) cant seem to find timetables for the bus service from...
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