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Top Choice Museum in Castelo Branco

Centro de Cultura Contemporânea de Castelo Branco

A recent addition to Castelo Branco's many museums, this cutting-edge building was designed by Spanish architect Josep Lluis Mateo in collaboration with Portuguese architect Carlos Reis de Figueiredo. It's a delight…
Museum in Castelo Branco

Museu de Francisco Tavares Proença Júnior

The Museu de Francisco Tavares Proença Júnior is housed in the otherwise sober 18th-century bishop’s palace. The centrepiece (downstairs) is an excellent display of local archaeological finds. Whether you're a fan o…
Gardens in Castelo Branco

Jardim do Paço Episcopal

This delightful, unusual retreat is the garden of the bishop's palace, a baroque whimsy of clipped box hedges and little granite statues representing virtues, seasons, kings, saints, months and continents among othe…
Museum in Castelo Branco

Museu Cargaleiro

This extraordinary museum is spread over two buildings, a mid-18th-century home in Rua dos Cavaleiros (Knights Street) and an out-of-place but cutting-edge modern building nearby. It exhibits the collection of the M…
Portuguese in Castelo Branco

O Pinguim

Friendly and bright, fast and efficient, and the type of place where you join the locals for good 'home-cooked' fare over a football game on the big screen. Don't be put off when you look through the small, plain ca…
Portuguese in Castelo Branco

Retiro do Caçador

Given that 'caçador' means hunter, prepare yourself for some hearty meat dishes at this busy, bistro-style spot. Everything from deer stew to javali (boar), with bacalhau (salted cod) dishes to hook you in, too. Loc…
Grill in Castelo Branco

Frei Papinhas

Appealingly rustic decor characterises this quirky meat restaurant on a quiet street in the centre of town. The host runs the grill, and brings your order according to his whim. He'll also press various delicious li…
Castle in Castelo Branco

Castelo

There’s little left of this castle, which was built by the Knights Templar in the 13th century and extended by Dom Dinis. A phone mast now stands where the chapel once was. However, the garden, which has supplanted …