Top things to do in Castelo Branco

Cultural Centre in Castelo Branco

Centro de Cultura Contemporânea de Castelo Branco

Castelo Branco's modernist cultural centre has quickly established itself as town landmark since it was inaugurated in 2013. The cutting-edge building, designed by the Barcelona-based Josep Lluis Mateo and Portugues…
Gardens in Castelo Branco

Jardim do Paço Episcopal

This delightful retreat is the garden of the former bishop's palace, an 18th-century baroque whimsy of clipped box hedges, pools and grand staircases. Scattered around its manicured confines are numerous stone figur…
Museum in Castelo Branco

Museu de Francisco Tavares Proença Júnior

Occupying the sober 18th-century bishop’s palace, this long-standing museum has an excellent display of local archaeological finds. Its highlight, however, is its collection of colchas, silk-embroidered linen bedspr…
Museum in Castelo Branco

Museu Cargaleiro

This extraordinary museum is spread over two buildings, a mid-18th-century house in Rua dos Cavaleiros (Knights Street) and a clashing contemporary building nearby. On display are many works by Manuel Cargaleiro (19…
Sandwiches in Castelo Branco

Boutique Do Presunto

One of several popular spots lined up on the central plaza, this is something of a hybrid cafe-slash-fast food place specialising in regional ham (presunto) and cheese (queijo). It's all very casual with seating squ…
Portuguese in Castelo Branco

Retiro do Caçador

The clue's in the name – Hunter's Retreat – and the mounted boar's heads on the stone wall. This small, and much frequented rustic restaurant, is all about the joys of meat, everything from deer stew to javali (wild…
Arts & Crafts in Castelo Branco

Ateliê das Artes

Local artisans João Robalo and Salete Afonso display their hand-crafted creations, including painted decorative tiles and objets d'art in various materials, at their studio-workshop here in the historic centre. If y…
Portuguese in Castelo Branco

O Pinguim

Friendly, fast and efficient, this is the sort of place you'd join the locals for simple, 'home-cooked' fare with the TV on in the corner. The menu holds few surprises but everything is fresh – the fish dishes are e…
Castle in Castelo Branco

Castelo

There’s little left of Castelo Branco's hilltop castle, which was built by the Knights Templar in the 13th century and subsequently extended by Dom Afonso IV a century or so later. Nowadays, a phone mast stands wher…