Castelo do Queijo Porto

Castelo do Queijo (Cheese Castle), Porto

The Castelo do Queijo (Cheese Castle) is a noted landmark in Foz do Douro, an upmarket suburb on the Atlantic Ocean, west of Porto.

Castelo do Queijo, Foz do Douro, Porto
Cheese Castle dates from 1661


The fortress is so-called as the rocks it was built on supposedly resemble cheese. The castle was designed by Miguel l'Ecole and completed in 1661.

Inside is a museum (admission charge) dedicated to Portugal's commandos. The exhibits, maps, regimental insignia, weapons and photographs are mainly from the conflicts in Portugal's former colonies in Africa - Angola and Mozambique.

Castelo do Queijo Museum, Porto
Weapons and other exhibits in the castle's small museum

Access - Getting There

A number of buses run out to the roundabout in front of the castle, Praça Gonçalves Zarco, including numbers #500 and #502.

Castelo do Queijo
Praça de Gonçalves Zarco
4100-274 Porto

Open Tuesday - Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm.

Further up the coast in Matosinhos is another impressive fort, the Forte de Nossa Senhora das Neves de Leça.

Castelo do Queijo, Foz do Douro
Cannon on the ramparts
Museums in Portugal

Museu dos Fósforos (Matchbox Museum)

Portugal dos Pequenitos

Museu de Cidade

A view of the fort and sea in Foz do Douro
A view of the fort and sea in Foz do Douro

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