Azores Airlines offers Boston to Praia, Cape Verde, for just $694 Round Trip
Green Portugal, with alternative energy power, tourism and more….

Portugal has some crazy town names... really!

What's in a name?

For an ancient nation, Portugal has its share of places with interesting names, which are often corruptions of ancient Roman or pre-Roman names. In some cases, the exact origin is lost. In northeastern Portugal, on the Douro River facing Spain, stands the 14th century town of Freixo de Espada a Cinta. This name could mean, "An ash tree with a sword at its belt." It might be named after an ancient warrior, Freixo. Some say the name is Visigoth in origin, based on the word Espadacinta. Most likely, it is named for King Dinis, as a warning that the town was well defended. In the Centro Region of Portugal, five towns within a few dozen miles of each other seem to have a kind of competition over their medieval castles. In the mountains near the Spanish border we can find Castelo Mendo (Mendo’s Castle), Castelo Branco (White Castle), Castelo Novo (New Castle), Castelo Bom (Good Castle) and Castelo Melhor (Better Castle).



Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)