"Portugal's 'Most Portugese' Village ?" Top 5 Page for this destination Monsanto by Bwana_Brown

Monsanto Travel Guide: 65 reviews and 142 photos

Mountaintop Boulders & Houses

Well it once was! In a 1938 contest, Monsanto was voted as the winner of the 'most Portugese' village in Portugal when considering its historical authenticity and how little it had deviated from that over the years. By now, we had been in Portugal for 8 days and it was the start of our 5th day of driving since we had left Lisbon. After a night in Castelo Branco, we left the city that morning in a heavy rain and lightning storm, the first one of our trip, after meandering around several streets and roundabouts trying to figure out which way we were actually headed! Monsanto was our intended destination, but we wanted to take the country roads to reach it, in the hope that the sky would clear by the time we arrived. With its granite-walled houses intertwined with the huge boulders on its mountain top location, this was a place that we HAD to visit!! It turned out to be a good choice, this little village does have something special to offer a visitor! Once we had made our rounds, we were off again, heading further north in the Distrito de Castelo Branco to Portugal's highest mountains - the Serra da Estrela (my 'Covilha' page).

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  • Pros:A totally unique village setting
  • In a nutshell:Worth going out of your way!
  • Last visit to Monsanto: May 2004
  • Intro Updated Mar 8, 2005
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  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Aug 17, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Glenn, fantastic little page with brilliant photos of this hidden Portuguese gem. I can't believe that you were to weak to move the two huge boulders near Relva.

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Jan 24, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    What a charming village, so beautifully merging with nature's creations. Loved the little house, really cute! Thank you for the wonderful virtual tour, Glenn.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Jan 9, 2010 at 1:35 AM

    What a beautiful village!! I love these rocks and of course how you tried to get them upright again :-))

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jul 19, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    I had hoped to get to Monsanto, and Monsaraz, but will just have to have another trip back to see more of the wonderful sights of Portugal!Any more photos you can put in a travelogue for us?!

  • Feb 25, 2008 at 5:43 PM

    awesome! what a delightful place. i love that pic of the 'picnic in the fields', im sure fiat punto enjoyed its meal. haha. great work glenn.

  • Luchonda's Profile Photo
    May 19, 2007 at 10:27 AM

    Must be a lovely place in Portugal Glen, no cars allowed, but a porto as "aperitif" must be great, this all in pure nature

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    May 16, 2007 at 1:45 AM

    Monsanto looks like a very picturesque place! Another great destination you visited during your drive trough Portugal. Stopping for lunch somewhere in the nature sounds nice.

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2006 at 10:47 PM

    the intro pic just been on VT frontpage..so I had to drop in :-) can't believe I haven't been and seen this fine page, excellent pix and tips. well done Glenn..you got Holsteiner's at home, we here have Frisian's

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Jan 11, 2006 at 1:28 PM

    just great - the stuff of legends. I look forward to coming back to seem more of your fotos and insightful commentaries.

  • hojasdehierba's Profile Photo
    Nov 30, 2005 at 12:23 PM

    Superb page! I was in Monsanto a couple of months ago and it was a delightful experience.


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