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MONSANTO TOURISM GUIDE

An authentic Portuguese village built between gigantic boulders


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Church Southeast of Serra da Estrela is enchanting Monsanto, an ancient fortified village perched on the side of a mountain. With houses squeezed between gigantic boulders, it's a stunning sight.

Its appearance hasn't changed in centuries, with tiny streets carved from the rock. Some of the granite houses have Manueline doorways and the ruins of a castle that started as a Lusitanian (Celt-Iberian) fortified settlement affords magnificent views stretching as far as Serra da Estrela.

Next to the castle are the ruins of a Romanesque chapel, adding to the hauntingly beautiful atmosphere.

Monsanto In 1938 Monsanto was voted "the most Portuguese village in Portugal" in a national contest, and since then building restrictions have allowed it to remain a living museum.

It is not easy to reach Monsanto by public transportation, but its atmosphere and immense panorama is worth a drive from the towns nearby or Serra da Estrela.

Places Nearby

Serra da Estrela - Skiing down the mountain; ghost towns; historical museum-villages
Belmonte - Historical "Jewish town;" a great pousada
Guarda - One of the highest cities in Europe; off the beaten path Portugal



CITIES, TOWNS AND VILLAGES IN PORTUGAL
AROUND LISBON
AND TAGUS VALLEY
Alcobaça
Arrábida
Azeitão
Batalha
Cascais
Ericeira
Estoril
Fatima
Leiria
Mafra
Nazaré
Obidos
Palmela
Peniche
Queluz
Santarém
Sesimbra
Setubal
Sintra
Tomar
ALENTEJO
Beja
Castelo de Vide
Elvas
Estremoz
Evora
Marvão
Mértola
Monsaraz
Vila Viçosa

ALGARVE
Albufeira
Faro
Lagos
Sagres
Silves
Tavira
Vila Real de Santo António
Vilamoura
BEIRAS (CENTRAL PORTUGAL)
Aveiro
Belmonte
Buçaco
Coimbra
Conimbriga
Figueira da Foz
Guarda
Monsanto
Piodão
Serra da Estrela
Viseu

PORTO AND DOURO
Amarante
Lamego
Porto
MINHO
Barcelos
Braga
Gerês National Park
Guimarães
Ponte de Lima
Ponte da Barca
Viana do Castelo

TRAS-OS-MONTES
Bragança
Chaves
Vila Real

THE ISLANDS
Azores
Madeira