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São Francisco Fort (Castelo do Queijo)


The São Francisco Fort, is one of the city's attractions that you should visit, especially if traveling with children, they will love it. Built in the seventeenth century was used as a defense in the Independence Restoration War waging the Spanish offensive, and as a deterrent of French, Dutch and British corsairs who pillaged coastal lands and stole boats with the Portuguese flag. The name that is known (Castelo do Queijo – “Cheese Castel”) is due to it being built on a huge round granite stone, once (says the tradition) sacred place for Draganes, Celtic tribe who came to the Iberian Peninsula six centuries before of Christ. We highlight the pentagonal watchtowers, the drawbridge, the historical cannons that will give wings to the imagination of children. Currently belongs to the Command Association (North Delegation) and is used as a stage for cultural events, museum and entertainment. This site, due to its location, gives its visitors a unique perspective of the Atlantic.

  • Location: Praça de Gonçalves Zarco 4100-274 Porto, Portugal.
  • Opening hours: Winter: Tuesday - Sunday 13:00-17:00; Summer: Tuesday - Sunday 13:00-18:00; Closed: Monday.
  • Prices: € 0.50 Adult; Children: Free.
  • How to get there: Bus line 500. Get in at Aliados Avenue and exit at Castelo do Queijo.


On sunny days, and travelling with children, visit this Fort and play, pirates, with your kids, they will love it.


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Accommodation Suggestions (near this site):

hotel-internacional-portoUrban Hotel Amadeos ★★★

For those who want to enjoy the beaches of Matosinhos, without abdicating access to the center of Porto, the Hotel Amadeos is one of the ideal solutions. The metro station Matosinhos Sul is located across the street and it gives you access to the center of Porto in just over 30 minutes. Hotel Amadeos is located in Matosinhos and offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi.

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Other places of interest nearby:
SealifeCity Park

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