The 27th of September this year is the 205th anniversary of the battle of Buçaco and there are a number of events planned to mark this important date in Portuguese History.
Starting from the 29th August there will be a series of lectures, mini re-enactments and guided walks over the battlefield. On the 26th and 27th September there will be the main event, a large night time re-enactment. Although not very historically accurate (the real battle was fought during the day) it's sure to be very atmospheric.
The battle itself is important for the Portuguese military as it marks the first action fought by the modern Portuguese army which had just been reformed under the tutelage of the Duke of Wellington and Marshal Beresford. An army of over 65 000 soldiers under the French Marshal Massena had just invaded Portugal and they faced a combined British and Portuguese force of 50 000 under the Duke of Wellington defending the hills North East of Coimbra. The invading force was repelled three times with the newly formed Portuguese regiments conducted themselves brilliantly in battle, beyond all expectations, and they were justly lauded in Wellington's report.
Even when there are no events on Buçaco is well worth a visit with lovely walks through the shady woods and a small museum about the battle.
People interested in the Napoleonic and Peninslar war in particular have plenty of historical sites to visit in the Silver Coast with Torres Vedras, Roliça and Vimeiro all within 25 minutes of our Portugal Holiday Villas . If you would like some help planning your itinerary just contact us and we will be happy to help.