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Paderne Castle, Paderne

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The Castle of Paderne is a 12th-century fortification located in the civil parish of Paderne, municipality of Albufeira, in the Portuguese Algarve. Built 7.5km from the coast in the second half of the 12th century by the Berbers, it is just 8.2km from the resort town of Albufeira, along a bend in the Quarteira River. It is believed to be one of the original castles that occupy the shield of the Portuguese national flag.HistoryAround the middle of the 2nd century, the Roman conquered the primitive Lusitanian castro, which had developed between Neolithic and Cacholithic. The settlement was transformed into a military outpost and, eventually, politico-administrative centre named Paderne or Paderna. Its location on a rocky peninsular bend was of strategic importance, as it controlled the ancient Roman road Via Lusitanorum crossing the Quarteira River on the south.The Roman villa was conquered by the Moors by 713. On this site, the Almohads constructed a fortification. Concerned with advancing Christian armies from the north, the Almohads began an intensive period of military construction and fortification in the Algarve (in Paderne, Faro, Loulé and Silves and many other locations). The depopulation of the Muslim countryside, caused by Christian raids, while avoiding outright conflict, resulted in the construction of these type of fortifications, which were used secure relative safety for their citizens in the interior of the Algarvean Barrocal (mountains).
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  • Amazing fortress in Paderne. Never thought that it carries so many legends and secrets. The cost of a visit.
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  • A castle ruin. It is locked, perhaps for safety reasons, so you can't get inside. If you can't find it, not to worry!!!! 
  • coach trip to Paderne Medieval Festival. Very good. Lovely warm day but pick up was at 6pm which made trip too long and very cold in the evenings. only one cafe open to have a coffee. 
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  • Paderne Castle. Very decayed, at the end of a long dirt road. Castle is closed.
  • Accessible by car after a few kilometers of track not clothed. Parking in the shade a few meters from the Castle. These are more than ruins, but it's still great to see. The view is also splendid.
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  • Muito bonito.
  • Não vi aberto para exposição, mas só a visita em volta dele já vale a subida. Siga as placas - o Maps ainda sugere uma volta maior.
  • Hardly workable route with a rental car...
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