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A spectacular sight from a spectacular site



Marvão, Portugal


The splendid site and 360-degree panorama alone would be reason enough to visit the medieval mountaintop village of Marvão, but the town itself (a candidate for the World Heritage list), is one of Portugal's most spectacular fortified villages.

The greatest attraction is the unspoiled medieval atmosphere in its steep and narrow lanes with immaculately whitewashed houses, leading to a magnificent 13th-century castle rising from the rock. It contains a huge water cistern, and nearby is a 13th-century church with a small but interesting museum of archeological finds and local artifacts.

Most rewarding of all is climbing onto the walls, battlements and towers for the impressive views, and staying for the stunning sunset and evening peace of the village.

To stay overnight, there is a charming pousada built among tightly clustered houses, also with magnificent views.

Nearby are the mountains of São Mamede, a natural park with Neolithic and Roman remains, wildlife, and Europe's largest colony of bats.


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