Castelo do Queijo – ticket: 0,50€
Please check the following map for it’s location: HERE.
“Castelo do Queijo” – Cheese Castle, or Saint Francis Xavier Fort is a small defensive fortification near the Atlantic Ocean. It was built in the 15th century and it is named like this because it was built upon a round rock considered similar to a cheese. It has changed over the centuries, including being attacked or bombed during many wars, for example the “Liberal Wars” (1831-1834).
The fort has an angular design with wide shooting platforms and large walls. There was a moat around the walls so that the entrance was limited to one door with a drawbridge. It has no towers. The design is from the French military engineer Miguel de L’Ècole.
It is nowadays owned by the “Association of Comandos” being used for cultural purposes and for expositions.
Some consider it one of the best places of Oporto to watch the sunset on the ocean.
Note: One of the sightseeing bus lines parks in this roundabout to allow tourists to visit the Castle. It works in “hop on – hop off” fashion. This means the tourist can use his daily ticket to enter or leave the buses as he pleases, exploring at his own pace. More information can be found on the official site: HERE. I expect to create a post on the subject later.