Sorthela Castle and Village, Sortelha, Central Portuga

Sorthela Castle and Historic Village, Central Portugal

Sorthela Castle and historic village is one of Central Portugal’s 12 historical villages or Aldeias historical de Portugal. Sorthela is one of Portugal’s oldest and most beautiful villages. The walled village is guarded by the towering 13th Century castle, built in 1228 by order of King Sancho II. You can walk along the castle walls, teetering on the brink of a very, narrow wall and an extremely long drop. Health and safety has no place here, only a rich history and panoramic views are allowed!

The village and castle are so amazingly well preserved you are almost transported back in time. We visited Sorthela on a rather chilly morning and seemed to be the only people around for miles. The lack of tourists and the seclusion of the village added to its mystique and ancient charm.

Nova Gate, Sortelha, Beira Interior, Central Portuga

Granite Rocks, Sorthela Village and Castle Walls, Sorthela, Beira Interior, Central Portuga

Sorthela Castle, Sortelha, Beira Interior, Central Portugal

Sorthela Vila Gate, Sortelha, Beira Interior, Central Portugal

Sorthela Castle, Sortelha, Central Portugal

If you are interested in the historic villages of Portugal check out our other posts on Monsanto, Castelo Novo and Idanha-a-Velha.

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11 thoughts on “Sorthela Castle and Historic Village, Central Portugal

    Fiona Cambouropoulos

    (January 28, 2018 - 2:24 am)

    Everything about the village oozes history and character.
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    (January 28, 2018 - 6:56 am)

    Hi Andrea, it looks like a village frozen in time. There are villages like that here too, beautifully atmospheric. Those views must have been something from up there too.

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    John Adams

    (January 28, 2018 - 8:24 am)

    You weren’t joking, the castle and the village do indeed look amazingly preserved. What an amazing landscape. #mysundayphoto

    Helpful Mum

    (January 28, 2018 - 8:48 am)

    These are such beautiful pictures. It looks like a wonderful place to explore!
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    Darren Coleshil

    (January 28, 2018 - 9:32 am)

    Portugal looks so beautiful, I’d love to explore this castle and village.

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    (January 28, 2018 - 10:05 am)

    Imagine the work that went into building the village, let alone the castle! So amazing that it’s been preserved as it has. #MySundayPhoto
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    (January 28, 2018 - 2:07 pm)

    looks like you took a step back in time

    Emma T

    (January 28, 2018 - 4:15 pm)

    It looks like an interesting village to explore. Rocks asking to be climbed by children too


    (January 28, 2018 - 4:38 pm)

    It’s amazing to imagine that an entire community used to live up there. Makes you wonder what life must have been like for them. So well preserved too!
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    Lins @ Boo & Maddie

    (January 28, 2018 - 7:14 pm)

    What stunning scenery, I absolutely love these historical places it feels such a shame that everything built now is glass and steel #mysundayphoto


    (January 28, 2018 - 9:59 pm)

    You cannot beat these sort of places to stimulate the imagination. Beautiful shots #MySundayPhoto
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