Forte de Santiago da Barra

Forte de Santiago da Barra
Place: Viana do Castelo
Photo: Joca Fotógrafos / C. M. Viana do Castelo
Forte de Santiago da Barra


Located next to the sea, it is believed that the first fortification sited on the bar of the River Lima estuary dates from the reign of King Afonso III (13th century). However, the earliest certain date is the 15th century, when a fortress was built there that would have been completed in the following century, in the reign of King Manuel I. This is indicated by various Manueline architectural features, notably the "Roqueta Tower" in the south-west bastion of the present fortress.

In the late 16th century, the fortress underwent a series of improvement works, having already been under Spanish domination in the reign of Philip II (Philip I of Portugal). And so the current fortress, with its polygonal floor plan, was built based on a design by Filippo de Terzi, the most famous architect of military buildings of that period.



Castelo Santiago da Barra
4900-360 Viana do Castelo
+351 258 820 270

Guided Tours

From Monday to Friday: 9 am - 12:30 pm / 2 pm - 5:30 pm

Disabled access
Reserved parking spaces
Accessible route to the entrance:
  • Partial
Accessible entrance:
  • Total
Accessible circulation inside:
  • Partial
Accessible areas/services:
  • Toilets
  • Auditorium
Accessible information:
  • Information panels
  • Interative and audiovisual presentations

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