Castelo de Vide, often abbreviated as C de Vide, and by the locals often called the “Vila”, became independent in the year 1276. It is beautiful authentic town with an identity that is mainly originated by its development with a rich Jewish history.
You can find this special place just 7 km from the Camping Beira-Marvao Alentejo. From the campsite you will arrive at the authentic gateway named Arco Aramenha. According to an inscription made in 1710 in this port, this is one of the remains of excavations of the ancient city Meidobriga.
The nice cozy village arises in the 13th century within the walls of the many preserved fort work. The construction of the castle was completed in 1327 under King D. Afonso IV, after his father Dinis, King of Portugal and Algarve, in the years 1279 to 1325, had begun construction. A visit to the main tower is highly recommended to enjoy the beautiful panorama.
This early medieval town shows a mix of Arabic, Baroque and Gothic architectural styles. It is the place where you can hear the water, which has its origins in the Serra de Sao Paolo, also called “the mother of the water”, water flowes from all sides. Residents and people of the region to fill their large bottles like with the water of the various sources where the water “off the wall” comes.
The vast walls of what used to be only indicated the limits of the huge fortress work is nicely lit every evening and gives a warm feeling to the remote area. The municipality signed an agreement with the national government to renovate the imposing old castle, which is centrally located at the top of the whole, which gives a great spectacular historical face.
Regularly archaeological excavations do take place in the area of Castelo de Vide.
The fun of this village with really only two main streets, which the local Portuguese say, we have the street up and bovenstraat, which is not only in the volksmond the “Carreira de Cima” (the “upper street”), also called in official documents, but the oficial name is the Rua Bartolomeu Álvares da Santa.
The small cozy character of this village, where the campsite is near, it is just simple and nice and it has all the basic amenities you’d want to see.
There are lots of nice bars and restaurants with lavish terraces facing the street, some grocery shops, several supermarkets, two pharmacies, a fabric store, a butcher, a shop with casual clothes, a nice antique shop, florist, veterinarian, bookstore, optician, traditional bakery and pasteleria, multiple stores with electrical household appliances, bottled gas.
A walk through the “Jewish Quarter” is worth, you walk through an important part of the Jewish history of Portugal, which goes back many centuries, to the years 1400-1500 and from there until recently and the present.
This history is very well to feel as well n Castelo de Vide bring as in Marvao, with the Roman bridge in Portagem as a good picture about.
In Rua Nova you can see the forge museum with many tools with which the Jewish artisans have previously carried their blacksmith work.
Something “higher” in itself by the austere architecture typical quarter, the synagogue of Castelo de Vide, with a rich and still clearly visible history of the jews who converted into christians as a result of the Inquisition to the New-Christians. This history goes back to the years 1400-1500.
From the central church in the town, the synagogue can be reached also through better cobbled pedestrian street, without having to walk across a fairly steep road from the Fonte da Vila.
On the outside of the synagogue are the apologies of the Portuguese President Mário Soares, he deceased in 2017, in connection with the inquisition.
Fala Yael Castelo de Vide is part of the Jewish network in Portugal, it has an impressive Jewish history, the Inquisition is an important part of it.
There is an information center on Garcia d’Orta, he was probably born in the year 1501 in Castelo de Vide. He was the son of Spanish parents, father of Isaac from Valencia de Alcantara and mother Leonor from Alburquerque, which as a result of the Spanish Alhambra decree, which was issued in 1492 by the then Spanish Catholic Kings. A Spanish decree which led to the expulsion of all Jews from Spain. First he worked as a local doctor and had his clinic in Castelo de Vide, then he became the personal physician of Joao III, King of Portugal and the Algarve. He has played an important role in Portugal’s history.
Castelo de Vide several tourist festivities take place, at the campsite we inform our guests if there is an event organized in our area during their stay.
On the main square in the center, Praça D. Pedro V, named after the Portuguese king, who was nicknamed “the hopeful”, was completed next to the Cathedral of Santa Maria de Devesa, whose construction in 1873.
The weekly market is weekly on Friday and on the last Friday of every month, will host the larger market. Close – even weekly – can find the Mercado Municipal, offered a covered market where fresh vegetables, meat and fish.
Once a year – in late August / early September – there is a large medieval market, with a look at the history of Portugal and Castelo de Vide with its surroundings. One of the many events which take place in the surrounding of the campsite. It is a nice cozy tourist event with performances of street theater, and of course lively performances with authentic traditional instruments. Everything takes place in the beautiful medieval atmosphere.
On the outside of the C Vide the supermarket Pingodoce is located. For our guests we have a route to- and from the grocery store.
But do not forget to also visit the various small supermarkets / grocery stores in the center of Castelo de Vide, you will often find products that the other does not, often the prices are just the same, you can buy more on local delicacies and the bread and biscuits from the real bakery.
It may be in the center of the town, but that applies to more places in the area, convenient to look at “doors” that are open. Because behind almost every door in the two main streets, quaint shops are often located.
C de Vide is also a unisex hairdresser established, we can the appointment for our guests.
As an extra service for our guests, we have installed an additional site sign on the N246-1, from the supermarket towards the Spanish border, exit Barretos. This is a nice quiet roads towards the campsite.
Striking is the large number of cozy restaurants in Castelo de Vide, the price of a full menu usually range from € 12 to € 14 and you will need a starter, as a delicious Portuguese soup from the region, your main course with meat or fish, a real portuguese dessert and your glass of wine or beer, or soft drinks. Almost always you can eat outside on the terrace, where you can enjoy everything you can see and what comes along and what you really should look like typical Portuguese.
There are more restaurants with a nice terrace in Castelo de Vide Of course, we can also recommend a number of.
The municipal pool of Castelo de Vide, 7 km from the campsite, is worth, it is a large pool, also a children’s wading pool and it has two beautiful large water slides. At the pool is a snack and a restaurant.
We would also recommend a further stroll through the old town, you get a different perspective on this idealistic piece of Portugal. In addition we have for our guests, free of course, more walking and cycling paths in and around Castelo de Vide available.
The friendly Castelo de Vide is also an ideal starting point for lovers of the popular paragliding. The starting field for the parasailing is close to the Ermita Nossa Senhora da Penha, a pilgrimage church on the mountain Sao Paolo.
This prayer building, where the patron saint dates back to the 16th century and shows the historical wealth of yesteryear. From here you will have a beautiful panoramic view on Castelo de Vide.
The nice starting point which only 8 km was created from the campsite, the aviator offers all possibilities to fly towards Marvao and above the campground. If you want, you can greet your companions on the campsite, you hover high above Marvao Spain and then come back safely after a great momentum in the sunlit air and often accompanied by the most beautiful birds.
Regularly organized major international competitions for paragliders and then you speak so about a 100 number of participants who come sailing across the campsite magnificent flying parachutes, we assume that you also experience?
Also installed a professional Via Ferrata in Castelo de Vide. It is 200 meters long and goes to the top of the Serra Sao Paolo.
The Forge Museum of Master Carolino Tapadejo.
A space for a perpetual reminder of craft.
At the beginning of the sixteenth century, 12 forges where settled in Rua Nova from Castelo de Vide, those where Jewish craftsmen, descendants of families who in the 15th century were expelled from Spain and then were forcibly converted to the so called New Christianity. These were then called the “new Christians”.
On this photo you can see where you are (at the end) goes into the Jewish Quarter and you will find Rua Nova. It is behind the cathedral and at the corner of “Goivo”, a small bar with sardines and frango that go directly from the BBQ on you plate.
Rua Nova thus belongs to the Jewish Quarter, which also includes the beautiful city fountain Fonte de Vila.
This fountain of marble was then donated by two wealthy Jewish families to the town, as much for the protection after fleeing from Spain in the year 1492, where the Jews were persecuted at that time.
The Jewish Quarter is characterized by a relatively simple architecture, but only counts for 10 churches. In total Castelo de Vide has 31 churches within its municipality.
In the fifties of the 20th century, there were still five active forges including the forge of the Tapadejo family what is now the Forge Museum.
Maestro Carolino Tapadejo was the last iron smith who worked here with heart and soul, between 1945 and 2001. In this period he has nearly 50 students of all nationalities learned the traditional craft of blacksmith.
Because of his surprise silverware and the use of traditional as well – for his time – modern techniques and tools was bewerkendat with the iron in the year 1949, the Iron Blacksmith Carolino was – who had taken over the forge from his father João Tapadejo – by its special ornamental wrought arts known in many countries.
In his former workshop he welcomes many visitors from different countries and let him be full of pride – See workshop – with ornate wrought furniture decorated.
Maestro Carolino is always around and will tell you enthusiastically about the history of the forge, from craftsmanship to great detail about life in the street, so the Rua Nova.
Museum of the Inquisition
Just before the museum of the blacksmith there is a entrance to the rooms of a work in progress, largely on the initiative of the municipality of Castelo de Vide, a new museum will be established. It is expected in 2017. The museum will have the theme of the Inquisition.
It is a palatial building surrounded by other simple buildings, with a beautiful staircase and hallway. On the first floor an ancient Catholic chapel, painted and covered with gold. It interprets history as part of the obligation by the Jews must transform into the “new Christians”. They had to, in order to escape for the Inquisition.
This building has a unique space, hiding behind a large room sideboard, which can be compared with the hiding place of Anne Frank. because if one was looking for Jews, the family could stop there concealed.
In 2016 a start was made with the restoration of the former bath house in the Jewish Quarter, this will be on Rua de Porta Nova. In the future here will be located a new Jewish Museum.