Sorthela Castle and Historic Village, Central Portugal

Sorthela Castle and Village, Sortelha, Central Portuga

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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