Favorite thing: There are two explanations about the name of the castle, which later turned into the name of the village: Lindoso.
One tale says that after its construction, the King visited the castle and said "How beautiful!". Beautiful in Portuguese is "Lindo" and therefore the name Lindoso.
The other explanation for the name is concerned to its proximity to the frontier with Spain (nowadays it is 4km). Frontier in latin is Limitosum and the name Lindoso may have grown from there.
Favorite thing: It is believed that the castle was built on the 13th century by order o King Afonso III, who found the found the place quite beautiful and also ideal for defending the Portuguese territory from Galician invaders. The castle is located at more than 1000m of altitude and has a privileged position to defend the neighboring Serra Amarela (mountain) and Vale do Cabril (valley).
I read that until 70 years ago, there was no paved road to access the castle and a few centuries back there was no village nearby, only this military fortress that fulfilled its obligation.
Visiting the castle
Favorite thing: To visit the castle there is a cheap entrance of 1euro (November 2003). It will entitle you to visit the Museums – one of them about the Military history of this fortress and another room about the archeology and occupation of this territory (both inside the main building of the castle) and afterwards walk on the castle’s walls and explore its details.
Favorite thing: Lindoso and its medieval castle are situated on the north of Portugal, almost on the border with Spain (4km). It is located on the National Park Peneda-Geres area, and it is surely worth visiting if nearby. Administratively speaking, Lindoso is part of the Viana do Castelo District, or the Minho region as it is more commonly referred to.
Lindoso’s distance from:
. Viana do Castelo: 65km
. Porto: 120km
. Lisboa: 420km
The castle of Lindoso
Favorite thing: This castle, which is classified as a National Monument, is situated aside the little village of Lindoso on top of a small hill. The views from there are very beautiful and worth seeing – on one side it provides a nice view over the village characterized by its granite “espigueiros”, the mountains and the vineyards; opposite, the view over the river and the mountains is breathtaking, even on a cloudy and rainy day, as was the case of the day we visited.