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...more
Largo do Terreiro, Marveo, Alentejo, 7330-122, Portugal
Good for: Solo
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...more
"Garrison Border Town of Elvas and its Fortifications." That is the way UNESCO lists the amazing and completely impressive fortress walls of Elvas. I stumbled up the walls in my guidebook when i was preparing for a driving holiday of Portugal. The book fell open to a small map of what I thought was a large castle. Then I realised it was not a...more
Facing and overlooking Portalegre there's a mount with a cross in its top, with the best views of the area. On its slope, and easily accessible, there's a chapel from the 17th century that... I don't know! We arrived there at nightfall, received by dog's barking, with clothes drying by the chapel's entrance and... we left. What is really that?more
Monte Paleiros Ribeira De Nisa, Portalegre, 7300, Portugal
Good for: Couples
A strange name in a discreet door in a quit street was the entrance to a simple restaurant, for my best experience in Portalegre. I went there by recommendation of some locals, and I'm thankful to them. All the staff was extremely nice, and the food a success. We wanted "Sopa de Cação" which was not in the menu, but the waiter called the cooker,...more
The city is not big, but the most interesting area is the smaller old quarter surrounding the castle. Here and there, it seems stopped in time, with the signs of the hidden jewish culture, preserved at a medieval scale. It's step and with irregular pavement, but not too hard to walk with male shoes or by advised ladies.more
PraÃ?Â§a D. Pedro V, 11, Castelo De Vide, 7320 - 1
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Couples
Cstelo de Vide is sitting on a mountain top and the houses are mostly sitting on the mountainside in the old part of town and that mens the streets are very steep in many places.This should not present a huge problem, but just be ware that if you have any walking disabilities, then you should mabye think twice before heading to the old part of...more
Hi all,Ponte de Sor has a madness! I'm joking :)Is a small town but it has politely people. People of all ages use to go out at night, especially on weekends. There are few bars but they are fine. Go for example to primo-xico, koppus bar, indiferente, cds bar and one or two more. The official drink is beer with alentejanos shrimp, in common sence...more
I decided to write about my hometown because I think that it is one of the most pacific sities of the world. Ponte de Sor is a very safe place where you can walk alone day and night. You only have to be careful about driving with alcohol, police are everywhere at night controlling the routes. So, I invite you to visit this beautiful city.more
How do you pay the toll on Portugal's highways, when there is no toll booth and no person to accept your payment? This happened to us as we were driving from Salamanca enroute to Fatima. We had no toll pass and didn't see any place where we could get one and all the tolls on the highway were unmanned. After passing around 4 toll reading posts, we...more
Rua Nova do Almada 114, Lisbon, Estremadura, 1200-290, Portugal
Good for: Couples
Even though Lisbon has buses, trains or you can even rent a car, the best way to get around is by taxi. Taxis are plentiful and comparatively cheap. It was especially helpful to take a taxi to Castelo de Sao Jorge (St George's Castle) through the city of Alfama. Be sure that the taxi meter is working before you get in though.more
Built by the Hospitallers after Belver, to enhance the defensive line of the river, this castle comes from the 13th century. Losing its military importance it was partially used as private residence, and the courtyard as cemetery, until 1940 when it was classified as a national monument.
a unique compilation of traditional local dishes ...
dishes, result from a research of the owners of all the good traditions of the region.
place, the old tavern, meeting place of the village, only for man.
it was lovely recovered and decorated.
Must visit place!
Excelent wine list; ideal place to try the best wines from the region.
Favorite Dish: Toastec Chicken - Galinha Tostada
Country Raised Chicken, cooked and then toasted in little pieces with exquisit tast.
Served with three types of siddings"puré", mushed potatoes, mushed carrots and mushed vegetables.
Maybe Campo Maior has interesting points besides its festivities, but, surrounded by so much color, who gets time and space to search for anything else? Only going there in another occasion. But its so far...
Each four years the streets get decorated with coloured paper flowers. In Alentejo it doesn't rain much, and the decoration uses to be safe.
Be prepared to full hotels all around, in Portugal and Spain.
get friendly with locals and maybe you're able to visit their houses. Things like this, very very old stuff can be fund in pretty good shape inside old people's houses just for decoration nowadays.You can see Mrs. Liberdade in the mirrow. She turned 80 years ol that day.more
This tower is situated by one of the village doors – it has therefore a defensive purpose. Curiously, there is a bell on top of this tower. Legend says that this tower was named after Saint Roque because in the 16th century many people died of the plague and they used to invocate saints to protect them. Later, in the 18th century, records say that...more
The parish church in situated on the centre of the village by a small garden with orange trees where can be seen the pelourinho. The main chapel of this church is dedicated to Our Lady of Conception and inside there are azulejos (Portuguese tiles) from the 17th century – these tiles are white and hand painted in yellow and blue, a common Portuguese...more
The pelourinho is a common artefact on most ancient Portuguese villages - it is a medieval symbol of the local power and most times it was used to public executions. This particular pelourinho, dates from the 16th century. On top of it, there is an eagle – the symbol of this village and its town hall. Actually, there are 3 gargoyles on the...more
Beautiful and typical for small villages also Alegrete has some nice paths in the back of the gardens. You can see them when getting out of the castleo on the back side via the iron stairs (see photo3). If you are here the right time, there might be very nice flowers like during my visit.more