Castelo

District: Braga | County: Celorico de Basto | Parish: Arnóia

Arnoia Castle was probably built during the 10th-11th centuries, during the reconquest. A small village grew up around it and became known as Castelo village. It is one of Portugal’s typical villages.
In Arnoia Parish, Celorico de Basto Municipality, Castelo Village is a land of history. It was once the municipal seat, following the charter from D. Manuel I, in 1520. It was known as “Villa de Basto”, a name which remained until 1719, during the reign of D. João V.

It grew under the protection of the castle, classified as a national monument by IPPAR, which is responsible for its consolidation and restoration. With modest proportions, the castle is built on an irregular polygonal plan, its entrance gate is defended by the keep and there is a water tank in the weapons square. Guardian of stories and legends, it is a must-see, also because it offers a magnificent view over the village, providing a magnificent viewpoint over Tâmega Valley and Infesta Valley.
Take a walk and keep your eyes wide open and embark on an authentic journey into the past. Walk along the main street and see the ancestral features of the buildings. Admire the House of Justice, the Prison and the former Botica House and the pillory. Nearby, you can visit Arnoia convent, the Barrega Castro (fortified settlement) and the Arnoia, Casal, Telhô and Toiande manors.

If you want to know more about the village and Celorico de Basto Municipality, its history, its customs and its people, visit the local Interpretation Centre, which is operating in the old primary school.
No visit is complete without first surrendering to the pleasures of good food. The village cuisine is varied and includes cabidela rice, cabbage and beans, cod with small baked potatoes, roast veal, Freixeiro cod, feijoada with pig’s feet, caldo verde broth, cured ham and regional sausages. If you have a sweet tooth, try the homemade pudding and sponge cake. The regional vinho verde is an excellent accompaniment.

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