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Perched above the River Guardiana on the frontier with Spain, the tiny medieval walled town of Monsaraz is one of the most atmospheric places in the Alentejo. With its narrow cobbled lanes, low-rise old houses and an imposing castle, visitors are offered a feel of medieval Portugal in one of the oldest places in the country.
Monsaraz has been inhabited since prehistoric times as the Celts, Romans, Visigoths and Moors each took full advantage of the hill's defensive potential. Regained from the Moors in 1167, the town was handed over to the Knights Templar before Dom Dinis added the castle and fortified walls in the 14th century. From the ramparts you can gaze east over the Guadiana to neighbouring Spain, or west across the great plains of the Alentejo.
What to see. The parish church of Santa Maria do Castelo houses an ornate marble tomb dating from the 13th century. Next door is a religious museum containing a 14th-century fresco of a judge being simultaneously tempted by the devil and encouraged by the majestic justice of Christ.

A number of interesting prehistoric monuments exist in the surrounding areas of Monsaraz, including the spectacular Menhir of Outeiro which stands almost 6 metres tall.

  • Last visit to Monsaraz: Jan 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Dec 27, 2008 at 3:11 AM

    I really wanted to get here on my previous trips to Portugal but the joy of VT I can at least travel here virtually thanks for your page!Is there snow here in the winter if I travelled there Jan or Feb?want to next see Portugal with a snow look!

  • freya_heaven's Profile Photo
    Jul 24, 2004 at 7:55 AM

    Such a picturesque little place, Great Page, Well Done (~_~)

  • quartinb's Profile Photo
    Mar 1, 2004 at 1:47 PM

    bonito destino de portugal...!

  • Mar 1, 2004 at 9:36 AM

    nice. i also love this place...

  • Docu2001's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2004 at 5:22 PM

    I love this damn place !! One of my favorite spots on the planet ... Bravo!

  • Mique's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2004 at 3:55 AM

    Never even heard of this palce before. But now definitely added to my must-see list

  • mcb's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2004 at 3:16 PM

    além de tudo mais adoro ir a Monsaraz comer cabrito... é do melhor!!!

  • ncfg's Profile Photo
    Aug 8, 2003 at 10:36 AM

    Para a próxima semana vou ao Alentejo, espero ter tempo de visitar Monsaraz. Obrigada pelos "tips".

  • teresopinha's Profile Photo
    Jul 28, 2003 at 7:23 AM

    As fotos são muito boas!... Dá mesmo vontade de visitar o Alentejo...


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