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Impressive colonial era example

My fiancee and I toured this site in Dec '16 and found it to be impressive and... read more

Reviewed 18 February 2017
Manheim, Pennsylvania
Interesting castle with great views

In a good day, coming to these ruins can make a great half a day because while the castle ruins are... read more

Reviewed 23 November 2016
Ricardo B
London, United Kingdom
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18 Feb 2017
“Impressive colonial era example”
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Praia do Forte | Dentro do acesso de Praia do Forte, subindo a colina Tatuapara, Mata de Sao Joao, State of Bahia 48280-000, Brazil
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were not going to visit here at first because of the lack of English speaking people on the property. But we did stop here with our ATV Tour Guide. So we employed Google Translate and are so glad we did. We would have missed...More

Thank Jason S
Reviewed 18 February 2017

My fiancee and I toured this site in Dec '16 and found it to be impressive and interesting. Unfortunately, due to the current state of affairs, the site and the road leading to it are in desperate need of maintenance. The dirt entrance road was...More

Thank OilyAmerican
Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

In a good day, coming to these ruins can make a great half a day because while the castle ruins are interesting pee se, the surroundings and the views from the beach are amazing too. Guide recommended

Thank Ricardo B
Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

Historical place with so much to teach for the kids about the colonization period in Brasil. Great structure with some informative pictures aboit the resatauration of this castle, one of the biggest in lately Bahia. We get a ride in a 4x4 quadricicle and were...More

Thank Lucylovestravel
Reviewed 28 February 2016 via mobile

They initiated the castle in 1551 and there is very good explanation about the history at the castle, just only in Portuguese! Not easy to be foreign tourist in Brazil, very few places you get info in other languages than Portuguese! Anyway the castle can...More

2  Thank FOSheye
Reviewed 18 June 2015 via mobile

The Castle was fascinating and a great place to visit but make sure you have a guide who speaks your language. Our hotel, Tivoli, offered tours only for the price of the bus ride and also provided us a guide who spoke English. Without her,...More

1  Thank Tgamb
Reviewed 30 December 2014

Now in ruins, it was the house of a portuguese nobleman that owned these lands when portuguese first arrived in Brazil, Is a big palace with chapel and you have a fantastic view to the sea and palm trees. it was in a high place...More

Thank ninaferrazdeandrade
Reviewed 6 August 2014

As one of the first surviving Portuguese buildings it has lots of historic relevance. We stayed at the Eco hotel nearby and they provided a guide. There seemed to be no English info without this. A few facts that struck me. Highest point for long...More

1  Thank Hague-expat124
Reviewed 1 February 2014

The castle is very interesting. However, there were no guides, no brochures, no guards... There was nobady that could explain to us what those ruins were one, who lived there and what happened!

3  Thank P S
Reviewed 2 December 2013

When I wrote on this attraction recently I was surprised to find two separate threads in Tripadvisor, this one i.e. Castelo Garcia d'Avila and the less frequented thread with the official name "Casa de Torre Garcia d'Avila" Moreover the address seems to be somewhat confused...More

Thank tom h
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