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Just off A22 | Castello, Paderne, Albufeira, Portugal
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed March 29, 2013

Just south of the village of Paderne lies the remains of a Moorish fortress constructed entirely of taipa (rammed earth), a technique for building walls using the raw materials of earth, chalk, lime and gravel. Built during the last phase of Muslim occupation, high above...More

11  Thank scousemouse
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

We were attracted to visit Paderne Castle by an entry in our guidebook supplemented by it looking impressive from the A22 motorway. Paderne is a small town, typical of the area with the Castle it's claim to fame. The castle is reached by a small...More

4  Thank marsh-land
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All reviews fantastic views nice place to visit wild thyme worth the effort old mill off the beaten track car road tower gravel walls hike cooking restrooms hillside valley
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The history behind this castle is very interesting. Regretfully it is closed for renovations. The scenery is beautiful in its complexity. Be carful that the road is gravel and has some decent grades going up and down.

Thank John H
Reviewed August 20, 2018 via mobile

We visited whilst on our way elsewhere. It is off the beaten track but the road was fine in a standard vehicle vehicle if not a little dusty. The road takes you right to the castle. The castle it’s self is basically a ruin with...More

Thank sirmoosealot
Reviewed August 16, 2018

As others have noted the route to the castle by road is not for the faint hearted. First, do not trust your sat-nav as it may try to take you via a pedestrian-only route. Second, although just about accessible by car the final kilometre to...More

Thank AndrewPB63
Reviewed June 19, 2018 via mobile

If you do then there’s plenty of history here. Currently under renovation so no access inside the walls but you can walk or scramble around the outside. No facilities so take water and not flips flops.

Thank RHM1957
Reviewed June 12, 2018

The castle takes a bit of effort to find it, along dusty, bumpy off road tracks. Currently it is being restored, so is closed and is partly covered in scaffolding. Can walk around the outside walls if you are careful, and some decent views, but...More

Thank luv2holidayinthesun
Reviewed April 29, 2018

Decided to take friends - off road route - as they couldn't book a jeep safari and I recall this being a feature of the last one I took 30 years ago, and my range rover should be up to the job. So after the...More

Thank CHRISb1805
Reviewed March 18, 2018 via mobile

Considering the heavy rains the last month,the road up was in surprisingly good condition. It has been widened, probably due to the equipment brought up for the tower renovation. The castle is often closed but you can get a good view from the path at...More

Thank Lesterbeach
Reviewed March 9, 2018

We could not go into the castle as they are renovating it. The location is beautiful and the castle very interesting. We tried the website that was listed to find out more about restorations efforts. However we could not get this site to load.

Thank Bejazzes
Reviewed February 14, 2018 via mobile

I checked on various websites for opening times and found out only open on Wednesdays. We drove to Paderne today (Wed 14 Feb) and bumped along the dirt track. Parked under the noisy A22 and walked up the hill. The Castle was ...closed. The tower...More

Thank Alex W
Reviewed December 21, 2017

When we visited we did that on a guided tour. The castelo is closed and access with guide was obtained via the archeological office in Albufeira. Note that there are no restrooms.

Thank vangaelh
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May 2, 2017|
Response from MAR-AM-UK | Reviewed this property |
When we went we didn't find it open... so no idea.
August 30, 2016|
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Response from janicem241 | Reviewed this property |
If you go to Albufeira Bus Station (up the hill near ALDI), you can get an EVA bus straight to Paderne. These run around every half hour, takes about 20-25 minutes and costs about 2.5 euros. One you get to Paderne, it will... More