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Castle of Loule, Algarve

The Castle of Loule is Moorish in origin, and dates right back to the 8th century, even being rebuilt in 1249. Today, there is not much of the actual castle left except for three towers and their connecting walls.

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The towers now house the Municipal Archaeological museum of Loule, where various artefacts from archaeological digs, Roman pottery and an interesting collection of Bronze Age elements are exhibited. A glass floor allows visitors to see fascinating excavated Moorish ruins and there is also a reconstructed, traditional kitchen displaying ancient tools, implements and copper pans.

From the top of the towers, you have a lovely view of the town of Loule with its narrow streets, fascinating churches and small workshops, where local craftspeople manufacture leather, wood and copper goods.

The castle is open six days a week: Monday to Friday, 9am-5.30pm and Saturday, 9am-2pm & 3pm-5pm.