Marvão Travel Guide

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Marvão Highlights

  • Pro
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    Bwana_Brown says…

     Has Retained its Flavour On Its Isolated Hilltop! 

  • Con
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    veigapaula says…

     Lack of supplie stores, eating places, leisure activities 

  • In a nutshell
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    salinhopt says…

     I hope UNESCO consideres Marvao World Heritage. It deserves! 

Marvão Things to Do

  • The castle

    Marvão is a very small city, inside walls, with a very well preserved image that justified the privilege of being considered UNESCO heritage. The location, upon very steep hills, allowed it a very important role in Portuguese history, after being conquered by our first king. Disputed and temporarily occupied by Spanish and French, it was also...

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  • Marvão from below

    Several times I passed in the road to/from Spain, always saying to myself - you must get time to go up and see the castle of Marvão.One day, I got it.The castle is really nice, the views are gorgeous, but my strong sensation keeps connected to the view from below - the remains perched in the cliffs are a challenge to imagination, and a call to the...

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  • Santa Maria Church

    Worth visiting are the 15th century mother church and the Municipal Museum, open in the former church of Santa Maria and displaying local ethnological and cultural traditions and archaeological findings.

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  • Sao Mamede Park

    Marvão lies in the area of the Natural Park of Serra de São Mamede, with a wide range of flora and fauna due to its geological diversity and varying climate. It is the home of one of the largest colonies of bats in Europe, but also of deer, boars, Bonnelli eagles, griffon vultures, etc.

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  • Rua Espirito Santo

    Rua do Espirito Santo, with the former governor´s house exhibiting beautiful iron-wrought balconies from the 17th century, leads to the castle, mostly built by King Dinis in 1299 and dominating the village.

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  • Marvao castle

    Marvao Castle was built by King Dinis in about 1299, the castle dominates the village. Its walls enclose two cisterns and a keep and offer spectacular views south and west towards the Serra de Sao Mamede and eastward to the Spanish frontier.

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Marvão Restaurants

  • Good esplanade

    The idea was to have lunch in Marvão, but passing in Portagem, where the road starts climbing the mountain, we saw this good looking place, and decided to try it.We were satisfied, the ambiance in a torrid day was nice, the service as reasonable, the food and prices good. Naquinhos de porco preto

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  • The best black pork in the region

    O Sever has got a wide variety of options and also some good wine choices. My favorite dishes are the ones with black pork.

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  • Fantastic location

    There is a Pousada in Marvão, inside the castle walls. It is situated on one of its narrow cobbled streets. It is possible to visit and to use their bar/ restaurant, which has fabulous views over Marvão's surroundings.We've visited Marvão both in Winter and Summer. Winters are cold in this area of Portugal, contrasting with dry and hot summer. In...

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  • Roasted chicken specialty

    the roasted chicken of Zé Calha is famous in the region. There are a lot os spanish that cross the nearby border to come and have lunch there.

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  • pork and plumbs, delicious

    This restaurant in Santo António das Areias near Marvão is well worth a visit if you are going to this area.You can eat outside in the courtyard or in the trendy modern interior.We had a fabulous meal and the owners were so friendly, they were celebrating a birthday and offered the guests a glass of champagne. We will definitely return. Don't miss...

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  • Fantastic view & cold beer!!!

    THere is not much to do in Marvao on an average day but walk around. When tired take a look at local tavernas. There is probably two or three of them.We sat in ne with nice view and cold beer :-)I don't remember the name of the place but if you look at the pictures you will be able to find it. After all, Marvao is a tiny town. We just had cold...

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Marvão Transportation

  • By car/ on foot

    We visited Marvão by car. The access is good and so was parking, but twice we visited we always visited on week-days, so parking was no problem, even though it was free of charge. Probably on week-ends and high season there will some more difficulty in easily parking your car.Once in Marvão, there is no other option and to park and walk. Although...

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  • Transportation is really the issue...

    Very little public transportation is available. Go to: http://www.rede-expressos.pt/ select horários (schedules) and choose your departure point (ex: Lisbon) and wait for it to reload. Then choose arrival point Marvão and click the ida e volta box (return ticket).You have the express coaches prices and schedules.BUT REMEMBER:during the week you...

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  • Car

    We had a long day on this leg of the trip, putting almost 400 km (250 miles) on the rental car as we drove from Evora to Castelo Branco, while at the same time visiting the mountaintop forts of Monsaraz and Marvao, throwing in a telephone stop in the small village of Reguengos de Monsaraz and doing some shopping for food and pottery in Redondo!...

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Marvão Shopping

  • Nativity

    There are a lot of shops selling hand-made products.I bought a nativity, made of clay and hand-painted, it is of a naive style. The nativity has only 5 pieces (Jesus, Virgin Mary and S. José, the cow and the donkey) but I found it so simple that I couldn't resist it. It wasn't cheap, but one must keep in mind that it is hand-made. I no longer...

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  • Souvenirs

    Well, i could not leave this beautiful small town without buy a souvenir.So i entered in a local souvenir shop and i took a look around and i chose a little miniature of an Alentejo house and a beautiful cork object.

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  • Local Crafts

    In the narrow streets and alleys you can find small traditional art shops.They have crafts things hanged on the walls of the houses/shops, so you can easily identify them. Take a look at the photo. You can buy shepherd's art in wooden, cork and horn objects.

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Marvão Local Customs

  • 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...

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  • Cintra Beer

    As we traveled around the country, I found that Portugal did not seem to have much variety in the availability of local beer in its supermarkets and bars. It was pretty much the standard amber lager stuff, just packaged with different labels! Some of the ones that I tried were Sagres, Super-Bock and Cintra. That being said, a cold beer or two of...

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  • Storks

    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...

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Marvão Warnings and Dangers

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    An Extra Rough Sidewalk

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Aug 30, 2004

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    You know that you are in an authentic village when you have to use sidewalks like this! This particular photo was taken as we returned to the main part of the village from the far end of the main fortifications, and were headed up a slope toward the cafe that we had spotted on our outward bound trip.

    Actually, I really liked the sidewalks in Portugal. Every town and village seemed to be very consistent in the use of small square hand-cut stones, meticulously laid down. They really lent a nice atmosphere to the towns but, be warned, the surface usually undulates and often there are a few of the small blocks displaced. Not recommended for high heels - fortunately, not a problem for me!

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Marvão Tourist Traps

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    Flower vases in a street of Marv��o

    by veigapaula Updated May 21, 2007

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    Please take snickers with thin soles to marvão; don't wear highheels (completely impossible) or flipflops or very thick shoes. You have to feel the stones under your feet in order to balance yourself or you will slip...

    Unique Suggestions: Remember that Marvão is:

    230 km Lisboa / Lisbon
    350 km Porto / Oporto
    20 km Portalegre
    14 km Espanha (fronteira de Marvão/Galegos) /Spain (Marvão/galegos border)
    13 km Castelo de Vide

    Fun Alternatives: tenis shoes for sure!

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    • Women's Travel

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Marvão What to Pack

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    luggage in Marv��o

    by veigapaula Written May 21, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: trolleys with wheels

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: warm in autumn and spring, light in summer (very hot) and wool in winter

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: All..........

    Photo Equipment: Yes, please!!!!!!!!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: for those who like to stay outdoors

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Marvão Off The Beaten Path

  • Whitewashed Houses

    Besides enjoying fantastic views from the castle, the second best thing to do in Marvão would be to admire the whitewashed houses that are lined up on every street in the town. Red roofs and white buildings of each house are nothing more than how the traditional Portuguese houses are built, yet these two colors, with the sky in a deep ocean-blue...

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  • Natural Swimming pool and Municipal...

    This photo was taken by the side of the Natural river Swimming pool, we can see the Municipal Swimming pool.

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Marvão Favorites

  • Marvao, around town

    The simple streets of Marvao provide a nice venue for photography with the stone buildings and cobbled paving along with a few of the "human" touches like the wooden doors giving each entrance an individuality of its own. The water source at the village center no longer provides the water for the inhabitants, but still can be seen as a gathering...

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  • Marvao, the valley views below

    Marvao village and castle, perched above the surrounding countryside gives you some fantastic views. Our small Olympus Stylus camera has a "panorama" setting which takes three photos one after the other as you pan from left to right and then has a program that connects them into a panoramic view, and this was the time to use it.

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  • Marvao green spots, gardens and such

    Dry, arid, hot, humid, rocky, not things that bring to mind green or garden, but even here at Marvao, on the rocky outcropping with its castle the people have created green havens for the eyes and nose. The manicured and cropped garden below the castle brings to mind a mini garden along the lines of those known in France, while the gardens...

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