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Fortress São João Baptista

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Fortress São João Baptista

86 Reviews
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Bozeman-Dublin wrote a review Feb. 2020
Trim, Ireland7,994 contributions3,074 helpful votes
Fantastic example of the thick walled, squat, sturdy Portuguese coastal defensive forts built back in the day when this was one of the most powerful maritime nations in the world with an empire to match. Beautifully kept this one, I was sad to be too late in the day for guided tours. I'm told you can go in during the day but I had to content myself with a stroll around the outside. More impressive than the cheese fort just down the coast, I thought it was beguiling and one of the highlights of my day spent between Matosinhos and Foz.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Lesterbeach wrote a review Jan. 2020
Winnipeg, Canada4,216 contributions557 helpful votes
Not too much to see. We walked around the exterior but there was no entrance. One large door by the tennis club was closed. Across the street is a small park with public washrooms where the tour buses stop. A nice relaxing place.
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Date of experience: January 2020
John wrote a review Sep. 2019
Lower Sackville, Canada3,610 contributions104 helpful votes
This was a fairly large fortress. It was on the Atlantic ocean and the Duro River meet. It’s in fairly rough shape nowadays. It has not been well-maintained and there’s almost no infrastructure to support the tourism but did you let you go in and look around in portions of it. It’s worth the hour.
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Date of experience: September 2019
Steve T wrote a review Jun. 2019
Preston, United Kingdom19,948 contributions660 helpful votes
....... located on the sea front just after the Douro river reaches the Atlantic ocean. A nice place to wander along - an interesting residential area as opposed to a sea front overtly touristy make up. The fortress is historically relevant and has been effectively maintained. Worth a visit if you're doing the 'prom' tour !
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Date of experience: June 2019
Dimitris L wrote a review Mar. 2019
Sydney, Australia19,767 contributions60,024 helpful votes
This is an old fortress and there isn't really much to see, as there is not much that survives. It was built in the late 16th, early 17th centuries, 1570 to 1647. The original purpose was to provide a defence system against enemy attack. It probably did that for a while, but now it's a tourist attraction and it's free for anyone to go inside and just take a look. The views over the ocean are great. Worth a stop if you happen to be in the area.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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