Torre de Lapela

Forts, Castles and Ramparts

The Torre de Lapela, a watch tower from an ancient castle, is located on the left shore of Minho River, on a granitic outcrop. Visit this gothic keep – the remainder of the fortress built by Dom Afonso Hernriques to protect the Portuguese northern border - and feel the mysticism exhaled by its walls... The ancient fortress was almost completely demolished by Dom João V, who wanted to repair the fortress of Monção with the tower’s stones. That's why we can only admire the tower nowadays. Visiting the “Torre de Belém do Minho”, as it is affectuously named by the people, is a great way to assimilate a small piece of the municipality's history.

Monção (Viana do Castelo)

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