Quinta do Marvao
Vale De Rodao, Marvão, 7330-151, Portugal
Quiet retreat in Portugal
We greatly enjoyed our stay at Quinta do Marvao - idilic setting, hidden away from civilisation, yet so near to it. Exceptionally well located for Marvao, Castelo de Fide and Portalegre.
Lovely breakfast was taken outside served by the owner Jorge and this sets you up for the day.
Jorge is from Lisboa and is a great host, speaks English and is very proud of the surrounding region.
We only stayed for 2 nights, but pledge to return and to stay longer to enable us to explore further.
Well done to Jorge and his wife
Directions: Well sign posted
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The castle was really my favourite, maybe because of lacking of other interesting monuments (the churches inside the walls are closed).
Apart from the castle I also loved some artefacts on the Municipal Museum although printed material on Marvão and Castelo de Vide are scarce, rare to be seen and no more to be published so you can only see the covers and get interested in the subjects without being able to acquire a copy for yourself and you are prevented from actually reading anything since it is all exhibited inside frames... Silence and the view from up...
Marvao is HERE
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 the Algarve area at the bottom end! Very pleasant countryside if you ever happen to follow our footsteps along this route.
Marvao is located in a forested and mountainous area, only 4 miles from Spain, so it is definitely worth a visit!
Marvao - World Heritage?
Several works of recovery have been undertaken and the Town Council is still intent in improving the historical center of Marvao. The issue was debated during the I Forum Marvao, with Portuguese and Spanish experts discussing the best strategies to improve the town´s candidature and also the ways to avoid the the abandonment of the historical regions on both sides of the border.
Goats in the Serra de Sao Mamede
It was almost 3 PM by the time we turned off the main IP2 highway at Portalegre, taking the small and twisting N359 up into the Serra de Sao Mamede mountains as we approached Marvao. This was a very nice drive as we climbed up through the forest toward this village 2800 feet (850 meters) above sea level. While pottering along here with our windows down, we gradually began to hear the tinkle of dozens of bells. We soon saw a huge herd of goats moving through a treed pasture beside the road, so we had to stop to fully enjoy this symphony of bells! It was not long after we got out of the car to take some photos that the two sheep dogs began to bark and very quickly came over to check out this possible danger to their flock!
This forested mountain range rises to a peak of 3363 ft (1025 m) and is home to several species of wild animals, including cat-like genet, wild boars and red deer. No wonder the dogs were on the alert! The area was designated as a Nature Park in 1989.
Portugal is home to many White Storks, a large bird standing 1 m (3.3 ft) tall and with a wingspan of 2 m (6.6 ft). They like to nest near wetlands, marshes and fields where they have a better chance of catching their desired prey of large insects, eels, fish small mammals and even other birds. As we drove around Portugal, we saw these birds in many areas, with these ones enjoying their nest atop a chimney as we passed by Portalegre. They prefer to nest on high isolated perches, adapting from the use of trees to church steeples, chimneys and especially high-voltage transmission towers. It was nice to see so many of these large birds because, not too long ago, they had to be placed on the protected species list in order to survive the many dangers of their annual migration to sub-Sahara Africa.
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