Lindoso is a nice town, worth seeing among other reasons, its architectural heritage. The highlight is his castle rebuilt by D. Diniz , in 1278 and partially modified during the War of the Restoration. But most of his work remains medieval .From the castle we have a beautiful view on which is the other jewel of Lindoso , which is the Praça dos...more
Like the hórreo's in Galicia, espigueiros (little granaries) dot the country-side of Northern Portugal. The largest concentration of them all can be seen in Lindoso. About 60 are built behind the castle. It looks very much like a cemetery, because all the espigueiros have crosses on top. Some of them are quite old, dating from the 18th century.more
Across northern region of Portugal (and also Galicia in Spain) you will find these construction called “espigueiro”. I don’t know the name for these in English. These constructions usually are situated near families’ houses and are used to store cereals or other food supplies. They are made of stone (I think usually granite), they have a...more
Walking around the castle’s walls will provide you with magnificent views. On one side of the castle you may enjoy the village, the vineyards and the fields with the mountains as a background and on the opposite side of the castle, River Lima and the mountains again, but so much nearer. In fact, these views are simply breathtaking, even on rainy...more
I don’t know the English name for this area of the castle, we call them guarida in Portuguese. It is a place where sentinels performed their duties and are usually situated on the corners of the castle overlooking strategic points. They are so small!! I could hardly fit inside and I am not too big, … it is also a fact that a few centuries ago...more
After visiting the rooms where are the exhibits, you may go outside through a small green door that will lead you into the castle’s walls. From there, there are stairs to go down into the castle’s inner court. It is a grassy area (nowadays, that is), where apparently soldiers spent their time taking care of weapons and doing their military duties...more
We arrived in Lindoso by car, coming from Geres/Braga. It is a local road and we just followed the road signs.
Once in the castle there are lots of parking places, mainly if visiting in autumn. Actually we were the only visitors around on the rainy afternoon we visited (although it was Sunday). As this castle is somewhat far from touristy itineraries, parking is easy and free.
Across northern region of Portugal you may easily find these brownish cows. This photo was shoot from the castle, where some of these cows and oxes were eating on the nearby green field.
These brown cows are most common on the North, while in the Azores islands you will find the spotted black and white cows.
Families raise them to have meat or to "work" as it is common to see these pulling or carrying loads of things while traveling through inner villages on the north Portugal.
As you wander around the castle and its walls beware of slippery stones or steps, mainly if visiting during autumn or rainy season, which was my case.Stair’s steps are not too big and somewhat steep; that fact together with slippery wet stones may cause some accident, so be careful while going up and down the stairs to explore the castle.more
To enter and to leave the castle you must pass through a door and passage. That passage was not always on its place – usually they used to hold that passage up in order to prevent invaders from entering the fortress. As with so many others, this castle also uses the technique of being surrounded by water to prevent “visits”.Nowadays the mentioned...more
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...more
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...more
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...more