Start discovering the history of Castelo Branco at Francisco Tavares Proença Júnior Museum, installed in the old Episcopal Palace. Castelo Branco is the capital of the Beira Baixa district and its most valuable heritage failed to survive the citys' invasions, reason why the Jardim do Paço Episcopal garden became the ex-libris. This garden highlights the Baroque style in Portugal and was built in 1725 by the Bishop of Guarda, Dom João de Mendonça. It has waterfalls, lakes and a famous staircase with statues of the Portuguese kings. The gardens of the Bishop's Palace are very flowered and well preserved. From the Miradouro de São Gens, next to the castle, you can enjoy the views of the city's historic area. The medieval streets deserve attentive visits and, when walking through the old part of the city, you go along the Largo da Sé Catedral until the Praça Velha, dedicated to Luís de Camões. In the historic center, rua de Santa Maria invites to a stroll and to observe the 16th century facades, which you will meet along the way. The albicastrense gastronomy highlights the local cheese made from sheep's milk, as well as the sausages (chouriço de tripa estreita), the fígado de cebolada (liver dish with onions) and the famous Castelo Branco cow meat pies. Linen embroidered bedspreads with natural silk yarn is one of the most famous and internationally renown traditional handicraft products. Pay a visit to the Archaeological Station of São Martinho, the convent of Nossa Senhora da Graça de Castelo Branco, the Cathedral and to the Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Mércoles. The sacred art museum is also open to visitors and invites you to discover a heritage of great wealth.
Where to eat in Castelo Branco
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Paço Episcopal de Castelo Branco / Museu Francisco Tavares Proença Junior
This is a fifteen hundreds construction which underwent profound transformations during the 18th century, from which we stand out the garden outline under Italian influences. During quite some time this building was the residence for Guarda Bishops.
Igreja de São Miguel / Igreja Matriz de Castelo Branco / Sé Catedral
The church of São Miguel was again the Cathedral since 1956. It was reconstructed on the 17th century according to the Renaissance style. There are still some visible elements from the different construction phases: the transept arch from the 16th century, altarpieces and panels from the 17th century and the main chapel and the sacristy from the 18th – 19th …
Torre do Palácio dos Alcaides de Castelo Branco
This tower was part of the Palace that was being rebuilt, suffering constant changes to be fully dismantled during the first quarter of the 20th century.
Solar dos Cardosos / Palácio dos Barões de Castelo Novo
Built in the XVIII century, in baroque style, it is the most beautiful exemplar of the palaces and manors of the city old area, fit in the so called beirão baroque. It is a manor built with robust materials with …
Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Mércoles
Church of late-Gothic trait whose front is torn by an ogive portal of three arches. Two robust towers with pyramidal coverage, advanced toward the front, flanking the main façade. The interior of a single nave, has walls covered with enxaquetados …
Miradouro de São Gens
Belvedere opened in 1941, offering a lovely panoramic view of the historic area. Placed near the castle, it takes a long way up to reach it, but it’s worth the effort for the beautiful scenery it offers. The benches and …
Primitivo Edifício dos Antigos Paços do Concelho e Cadeia de Castelo Branco- Domus Municipalis
Work from the beginning of the XVI century that suffered various reconstructions. It keeps the armillary sphere, the escutcheon of Portugal and a stone with Latin inscriptions. Over the main door is a tower, but with without the bell that …
Cruzeiro de São João
Dated from the XVI century, this granite cross is an exemplar of Manueline style. It has across decorated with the image of Christ crucified in relief.
Igreja de Santo António / Igreja da Graça
Built in the XVI century, it doesn’t keep, with the exception of the walls, marks of that period. The main façade presents renaissant and baroque ornaments. Inside are worthy of notice the XVIII century paintings.
Estação Arqueológica do Monte de São Martinho
Prehistoric and Roman fortified settlement, with the first occupation dating from the Neolithic period. Has irregular plant of which there are still some structural walls in masonry and a grave.
Museu de Arte Sacra de Castelo Branco
The Religious Art Museum Domingos dos Santos Pio, that belongs to the Santa Casa da Misericórdia, is located in the Graça Convent. It has 197 objects that rang from the 16th to the 18th centuries in three rooms, the sacristy …
Jardim do Paço
Ex-libris of the city, the construction of the Jardim do Paço was ordered in 1725 by the Guarda Bishop, Dom João de Mendonça. It has cascades, water spouts, lakes and stairs, in a relation of harmony with the garden. The …
Museu Francisco Tavares Proença Júnior
This museum is located in the old Bishop's Palace, a building that was several times remodelled until it welcmed the museum, in 1971. The original organizations of the museum was based on the archaeological collection of Francisco Tavares Proença Júnior, …
Igreja de Santa Maria do Castelo
Built, probably, in the XII century, it was rebuilt in the XIII century by the Templar, and suffered later various acts of vandalism, being reduced to ruins. It suffered successive interventions and is now a work mainly from the XIX …
Where to sleep in Castelo Branco
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Near Castelo Branco
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Vila de Rei
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