Monsaraz Castle and Walls
Monsaraz Castle and Walls
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nadi
Israel1,294 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
One of the nicest Castelo in Portugal.
This time I visited with a group of mine (I am a tour guide from Israel) and we had a lovely local guide - Ju Maria Gamado (highly recommended for the region). the structure is amazing and the views are striking beautiful.
Written May 22, 2022
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gmsf86
Coimbra, Portugal392 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
Do you want to enjoy an amazing portuguese landscape? If yes, you have to know this peaceful place. Incredible environment, great (hot) weather and food. Great people and lots of things to do including monuments to visit, pools to swim and foods to taste. With no tickets for entry you can visit a great historical place.
Written July 30, 2020
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nadi
Israel1,294 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
One of the most beautiful castles in Portugal (and there are many to compare). Very impressive site with gorgeous views around.
Walking there is sometimes not easy and steep - be careful but do not give up. The entire town tiny but stunning
Written November 19, 2021
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Feli1403
München 79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
It is a wonderful Place , great little shops and Cafe. Perfect view over the landscape and also great local souvenirs. Had a wonderful pastry and coffee in a small coffee shop at one of the entrances of the castle.
Written January 12, 2020
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Debra C
Gothenburg, NE6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
This is a magical place to visit in eastern Portugal. Remnants of the Roman presence , and mideval conquistadores .
Be sure to find Donna Isabel’s restaurant
right outside the castle( east side ).

She is legendary with a typical Portuguese culinary experience with the food . We were fortunate to bike the area as well .
Written February 20, 2023
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DRBinToronto
Toronto, Canada203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
Monsaraz marked the end of my wonderful three week vacation in Portugal. I made a day trip from Evora on my last full day. So many choices for day trips from Evora, but I'm really happy I chose Monsaraz. The views of the surrounding countryside are absolutely spectacular. The village itself is lovely with twisting little streets. The castle, of course, is a real highlight. No tours or historical markers. Just come in and wander about. Take in the wonderful views. The old garrison keep is still used occasionally for bullfights (ban bullfights!). So I would absolutely and very strongly recommend a visit to beautiful Monsaraz. Slowly stroll the streets--take it all in. And explore the lovely castle.
Written November 28, 2014
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JaninedeBric
Denver, CO480 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
We stopped into Monsaraz on a rainy Tuesday in March, with just enough of the clouds parting to give us the views we sought. From its perch on a hill's summit, the castle offers a view east to Spain, across the broad reservoir (barragem) and then a 360 perspective on the Alentejo and its vineyards. There's no fee to enter the castle's outer walls and see this view, and for us it was the purpose of coming. If the weather had been nicer, there were many restaurants to enjoy a meal or a drink along with the view. If you wish to stay the night, there are rooms available, and touring the local vineyards is a must.
Written March 20, 2018
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Theresa B
Salmon Arm, Canada505 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
Because Monsaraz is not located in a 'touristy' area, it retains it's authentic feel. We absolutely fell in love with this beautiful hilltop walled town.

Just 50 kms SE of Evora, it's an easy day trip. It is visible from miles around, towering over a landscape of fields, and cork and olive trees.

When we were there in March, there were very few others people so we felt like we had the place to ourselves. It made you feel like you had stepped back in time. There are a few restaurants and small hotels, neatly tucked away so as not to take away from the atmosphere of the town. Everything seems to be made of stone - pathways, walls, buildings, seating, etc.

There are a number of parking lots -- traffic is not allowed inside the walls. No cost to visit.

After a month in Portugal, Monsaraz will be one of our favourite places.

I would allow 1 1/2 hours to wander, take pictures, etc. and a little longer to stop for a coffee, treat or meal.

Highly recommend.
Written March 11, 2018
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Daniel-SSA
Salvador, BA142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Family
Picture a small version of Óbidos, the most known medieval town in Portugal. Add 190km from Lisbon, almost at the spanish border, and a further 60km from Évora, Alentejo's main city, with plenty of attractions. After that, you might ask: is it worth the trip?

I asked that myself, and, during a private Alentejo daytour, and fascinated by Évora, I asked our guide if going to Monsaraz was really interesting, and he made me pretty sure it was. We still had a wine trial in a local Quinta after Monsaraz, on the way back.

Unlike Óbidos, Monsaraz wasn't bubbling with thousands of tourists, and it was the perfect place to actually feel you're in a medieval town, not in a theme park. Time to spare walking in the narrow and almost empty streets, to figure out the life-size nativity scene set along them, and to go to the castle and have a vast panoramic view to the Portuguese-Spanish border hinterland and the beautiful dam nearby.

We were so enchanted that we decided to drop the wine tasting and stay a couple more hours in Monsaraz.
Written January 7, 2017
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Tikkitower
London, UK47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Couples
Monsaraz was my favourite place that we visited in Alentejo. We were there off-season and I was thrilled to wander the steep cobbled streets without having to dodge the maddening hordes. The sun was blazing and there were lovely cafes and restaurants to appreciate within the town walls. The views out across the surrounding countryside and across the border with Spain were utterly stunning. Loved that could just clamber around the walls of the castle whilst children made the most of the internal showground to do impromptu performances. Throughout the town were figures that depicted how day-to-day life would have been some hundreds of years ago when the Moors were in charge of this area of the Iberia Peninsula. We also drove down to the water for a walk to view the town from below and appreciate the stillness. A stunning day!
Written January 14, 2015
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