On November, 26 1809 the French troops guided by Kellerman defeated the Spanish troops led by the Duke of the Parque.
This castle had six towers but only one has survived to the present day: the Homage Tower.
On July, 22 1812 the hills of Arapiles in Salamanca witnessed the French army defeat under the general Marmont’s command
It is known for being the place of the Battle of Coa celebration and recreation, which took place on July, 24 when the French forces had to withdraw before the advance of the British troops, captained by Michael Ney to put siege to Almeida
Almeida History and Military museum is placed in Almeida ancient “Casamatas”, underground galleries built in the 18th century in order to offer military protection. There are twenty rooms and corridors in this space. The museum is an interactive space that reconstitutes Portugal’s History, emphasising in the Peninsular War, the French invasions and the siege of Almeida.
Wellington against Napoleon. This is one of the largest and best-preserved palaces in the town. Its interior part has been recently refurbished. It is used for cultural purposes and the exhibition “Wellington against Napoleon” can be visited.
PENINSULAR WAR EXHIBITION: Free guide tours every weekend at midday.
From Monday to Saturday: 11:30h to 13:45h – 16:30h to 18h
Sunday mornings: 11:00h to 14:00h
The Battle of Bussaco took place on November 27, 1810. It marks the beginning of the end of the Peninsular War. The French troops had a large number of casualties whereas the alliance between British and Portuguese armies was less affected.
The Alliance between British and Portuguese armies, commanded by Wellington, battled against the Napoleonic army in the Battle of Bussaco, which is considered one of the most important battles in the Peninsular War and took place on November 27, 1810.
This military museum helps us to remember that ephemeris.
In 1809, Wellington ordered the building of this group of 152 defensive fortifications in order to preserve the capital of the country against the French invader. They are also known as “The Defensive Lines”, stopped the arrival of André Massena’s army to Portugal and also they were the ultimate cause of his withdrawal in Portugal.
The Battle of Vimeiro was one of the British army most important victories. Not only it put an end to the 1st French Invasion, which started in 1807, but also defeated the Napoleonic troops, considered invincible until that moment.