While the castle is enjoyable to walk around, the best part of the trip is by far the hiking both to and around the castle.
The trails are well marked and offer wonderful views of the countryside as well as a river bed leading to a mill and Roman bridge. If you are in the mood to do more than...
We visit Paderne regularly, but this is the first time we have gone to the Castle. To be honest, there is very little of the Castle to see, but the views from the summit are breathtaking. A lovely, quiet spot.
There is a nature trail below the castle which gives a change from beach resorts; the castle is small and was locked when we visited. Most importantly, Satnav directions took us down a 'fastest route' ever-shrinking lane/path which did not go to the castle and was difficult to get out of! Follow the road signs instead.
If you want to experience an authentic castle in surroundings that have not changed for hundreds of years then this is the place to go. Full of history and set in the beautiful countryside this was one of the highlights of my trip.
The dirt road to the castle is steep and not for the faint hearted and would recommend...
The Castle is unattended and the gate was locked, access around the Castle is very difficult.
It is approx 1mile along a very rough unmade track.
Unless you have an extreme interest, it is not worth looking at.
DON'T DRIVE IT! Park at the Paderne Fonte and walk up to the castle over the stepping stones (when the river's in flow) and across the Roman origin bridge (beautiful). If you're up for it - and well worth it - extend your walk through Pequenia Aldeia - Cero Grande - and back. In spring the flowers and tranquility overcome...
Walk from the village of Paderne and back....with planning you can make it a short days walk if you take in the pack-horse bridge. Well signed but get a guide. Spring flowers are outstanding especially Peruvian Scilla (spelling?)