"Marvão - A Hilltop Castle & Enclosed Garden!" Top 5 Page for this destination Marvão by Bwana_Brown
Marvão Travel Guide: 82 reviews and 238 photos
This was Day 7 of our Portugal trip, and the 4th day since we had set out from Lisbon in our rented car. Marvão was the second of the 'Border Castles' that we toured on our drive around Portugal. We actually managed to squeeze it in on the same day that we visited the more southerly castle at Monsaraz in the morning, on our drive north from the Algarve.
This majestic spot really is one that you should try to fit in. Located high in the 3300+ ft. (1000-m) Serra de Sao Mamede mountains, just north of Portalegre, this picturesque village offers amazing views of the countryside. We were fortunate to have a beautiful sunny day in late May, still too early for the streets to be crowded with tourists.
The fortifications here were built in the late 1200s and then were further reinforced in the 1600s to deal with successive threats to Portugal. In addition to the impressive walls and towers of the castle, the narrow streets and old houses in the village are also well worth a look! See my 'General Tip' for a map showing Marvao's location.
- Pros:Has Retained its Flavour On Its Isolated Hilltop!
- In a nutshell:One of the Best Views in Portugal !
Located half-way up Portugal's eastern border with Spain, it had only been just over a day and a half since we had left... more travel advice
You know that you are in an authentic village when you have to use sidewalks like this! This particular photo was taken... more travel advice
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