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Portugal is steeped in history and has a unique collection of over 200 castles and fortresses, many built by the Moors in the 8th Century and others by the Portuguese as a defence against the neighbouring Spanish.


Many castles which have remained unspoilt over the centuries can be found near all the battlefield sites we visit.


For instance, an hour’s drive to the west of the Northern Corridor, at least five medieval castles can be visited within a relatively small radius in under a day: Trancoso, Marialva, Penedono, Longravia and Numão.