Castelo View, Castelo Novo, Castelo Branco, Central Portugal

Castelo Novo, Portugal

The picturesque historic village of Castelo Novo (New Castle) is in the heart of Central Portugal, set within a natural amphitheatre enclosed by the Gardunha mountain range (Serra da Gardunha).  This incredible looking village has Baroque, Roman and Medeival influences.   The drive towards the historic village of Castelo Novo gave us a shocking taste of what was to come, the scale of fire-damaged smouldering, smoking fields, forests, gardens and even buildings, was unbelievable.  A once heavily forested area, recent fires have all but decimated the forests, burnt by raging fires 25kms wide, which came right up to the edges of the village.

All of the villagers were evacuated and safe whilst the fires were brought under control and village is once again open for business.  Whereas many surrounding farms lost their crops and some buildings were destroyed thankfully Castelo Novo was mostly untouched by the fire so it’s unique historic gems and traditional Beira style houses were saved.

We parked in the centre of the village walked up the hill past the former town hall, Chaos wanted to climb on the Pillory, whipping post, where punished criminals were displayed to the public.

Former Town Hall, Castelo Novo, Portugal

As we neared the viewpoint next to the Parish Church the sight of the fire damage was staggering, a fire we had witnessed with other shocked campers, some 40kms away. The earth was now totally blackened with only the odd hillside building to give some scale to the devastation.

Fire damage, Castelo Novo, Portugal

Our boys were excited to enter the metal walkway and climb up the steep steps to the castle ruins and appreciate the sunning views of the village and surrounding countryside.

Castle Ruin, Castelo Novo, Central Portugal

On the way back we visited the very informative information centre to find out about the up and coming festivals and were directed towards the ‘Lagarica’ the most amazing wine press, which relied on people power and the tredding of grapes, a relic from 7th century wine making!

Lagarica, Wine press, Castelo Novo, Portugal

Castelo Novo is part of the twelve historic villages of Portugal (Aldeias Historical de Portugal), and has managed to preserve its fascinating history, and despite the recent fire will continue to wow future visitors.

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Post Author: Topsy Turvy Tribe

Paul & Andrea ex-pats escaping the rat race with Chaos (aged 4) and Mayhem (aged 2) along for the adventure.

17 thoughts on “Castelo Novo, Portugal

    VerIly Victoria Vocalises

    (September 3, 2017 - 6:27 am)

    This place looks beautiful and so full of history. I do love Portugal.

      Topsy Turvy Tribe

      (September 3, 2017 - 11:06 am)

      Another lovely Portuguese village, they did an excavation of the castle and found a lot of medieval treasures, portuguese coins etc

    John Adams

    (September 3, 2017 - 8:04 am)

    Oh wow, that hillside! We were in Portugal a couple of years ago when there were fires but we didn’t see anything like this, thankfully. That aside, what an amazing village. the Portuguese really do look after their heritage don’t they? #MySundayphoto
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      Topsy Turvy Tribe

      (September 3, 2017 - 11:04 am)

      Fantastic heritage again, amazing to stand in the 7th century press and pretend to stamp on grapes with my boys

    darren coleshill

    (September 3, 2017 - 9:55 am)

    This place looks like it has so much character

    Thank you for linking up
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      Topsy Turvy Tribe

      (September 3, 2017 - 10:28 am)

      The two storey typical granite houses are great, thanks for hosting as always


    (September 3, 2017 - 11:14 am)

    What a stunning place to photograph!


    (September 3, 2017 - 12:02 pm)

    Goodness, I was so drawn to the buildings it took me a while to see the fire damage. So pleased they were all safe. It looks like another amazing place to explore. #MySundayPhoto
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      Topsy Turvy Tribe

      (September 3, 2017 - 12:18 pm)

      The fire damage was mind boggling, but the village was still so amazing to visit and explore

    Fiona Cambouropoulos

    (September 3, 2017 - 12:19 pm)

    I love these historic village scenes you have been sharing

      Topsy Turvy Tribe

      (September 3, 2017 - 12:38 pm)

      Thanks, we have not visited any of them before, so its great to visit as a family and just see what is there

    Imperfect Mum

    (September 3, 2017 - 3:26 pm)

    What an amazing place & a perfect #mysundayphoto love the arms outstretched happy pose 💙
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    Helen-marie Porter

    (September 3, 2017 - 10:09 pm)

    what amazing pictures it looks like a really peaceful place #mysundayphoto

      Topsy Turvy Tribe

      (September 8, 2017 - 3:31 pm)

      Thank you Helen-Marie it really is lovely village with such a tranquil atmosphere.


    (September 9, 2017 - 7:15 pm)

    What an amazing place wrapped in so much history! Am quite jealous! Great photos. See you tomorrow on #mysundayphoto

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