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Paderne Castle, Paderne

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2.7/5 based on 75 reviews on the web
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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  • Location with excellent views, however few remains of ruins, something to be improved, but that does not prevent a recall in our history
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  • Inside and outside the Castle but did not really spectacular, you have to just keep
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  • Amazing scenery lovely little tracks to walk along (sensible shoes is a must) Roman bridge and remains of the old bakers house, sometimes streams and rivers in winter months. 
  • Paderne Castle. Very decayed, at the end of a long dirt road. Castle is closed.
  • Hardly workable route with a rental car...
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  • Estrada muito dificil, quase impossivel com um carro ligeiro
  • Melhor castelo drbsempre
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