Castelo de Linhares

Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela

Visible for miles around, Linhares' 13th-century castle is a formidable sight, with its two crenellated keeps and impregnable walls. Not a lot remains inside the walls, but the dizzying views from the battlements are really quite something.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela attractions

1. Museu da Miniatura Automóvel

7.48 MILES

Here's the deal: revheads (big kids and small) and keen collectors will love this, others might think 'meh'. Over 3000 miniature vehicles are on display…

3. Torre de Menagem

10.03 MILES

This 14th-century tower, originally the keep of Guarda's castle, stands on the highest point in town. You can't go into the tower but even from the base…

4. Porta d'El Rei

10.1 MILES

This arched gateway framed one of the original portals in Guarda's vast defensive walls. It connected the town with routes to Covilhã and Celorico, from…


10.14 MILES

Powerful in its sobriety, this grey Gothic edifice looms heavily over the central square. The earliest parts of the cathedral date from 1390 but it's…

6. Old Town

10.2 MILES

A handsome quarter of cobblestone lanes and huddled houses, Guarda's hilltop centre fans out from Praça Luís de Camões. This sloping square is flanked by…

7. Torre dos Ferreiros

10.2 MILES

A local landmark, this robust rectangular tower is one of the most visible features of the town's medieval defences. It was originally built to protect a…

8. Museu da Guarda

10.23 MILES

Housed in the severe 17th-century Episcopal Seminary, Guarda's main museum showcases an eclectic collection of archaeological finds, artworks and early…