The Castle of Paderne (Portuguese: Castelo de Paderne) is an ancient fortification located in the civil parish of Paderne, municipality of Albufeira, in the Portuguese Algarve. It was constructed in the later 12th century by Berbers, in an area around 7.5 kilometres (4.7 mi) inland. The edifice is located just 8.2 kilometres (5.1 mi) 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.
Around the middle of the 2nd century, the Roman conquered the 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.
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Michał Kłosowski | Apr 16, 2018
The bridge looks best from a distance. As it's hidden in the river side shrubbery it's not that impressive from a closer perspective. Worth checking if you hiking around Paderne
Christopher McMahon | Apr 4, 2018
Not the bridge itself, more the walk and the environs, not to missed in Spring if you're a fan of orchids and other wildlife.
David Hall | Dec 6, 2016
Our walking guide book showed a circular walk around this part of the river but the owner of the watermill at the next river crossing has blocked the path and put up locked gates which seriously degrades the walk and the interest. That said the Bridge is a fine example and while it probably dates from the middle ages, I suspect the Castle is even older.
Ricardo Pestana | Jan 18, 2018
Great walks ☺
Zebra Safari Algarve | Sep 15, 2016
Very special place. Should be a bit more preserved but still a impressive monument.
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