Aro Arqueológico do Forte de Lovelhe

Forts, Castles and Ramparts

Discover this interesting fortified protohistoric village and the roman and suebi-visigothic villae, located where the late Forte de Lovelhe was to be constructed. Standing on a hill overlooking the river, formed by a fluvial terrace, it provides magnificent views over the surrounding pine plantations and farmlands, with the River Minho as background. Enjoy the panoramic and put your camera to use, focusing the river and the Ponte da Amizade. Wander through the ancient village, surrounded by a wall made of earth and preceded by a pit. While walking through the remains, imagine how the people lived around the 1st century BC and the 7th century AD, when they survived on fishing. It’s still possible to see some round and rectangular stone constructions, as well as an old ceramic oven next to the river and the remains of a medieval church, to the northwest of the most recent church. The site was to be reoccupied in the 17th century due to the construction of the Forte de Lovelhe. Climb to the top of this fortress, built during the Restoration Wars and destroyed in 1809 by the General Soult’s troops. Then, take advantage of the height to enjoy broader views, comprising all of the Minho Valley.

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