Monsanto is located on the foothil of the Cabeço do Monsanto, at an altitude of 758 metres. Known as "the most Portuguese village in Portugal", it looks like a stone fortress from a distance. The wild nature and the human constructions are quite harmoniously combined. The houses are "invaded" by huge granite stones that function as the floor, the walls or the ceiling. With castro (a celtic village) origins, the legend tells that it was here that Viriato resisted a seven year siege. The castle of Monsanto was conquered to the Moors.
Villages near Monsanto
Located on a foothill, above a wide plain, Idanha-a-Nova still has an archaic aspect. The buildings show vestiges of the 16th and 18th centuries and there are …
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This borderline village is located on a granite area surrounded by vines, orchards and woods, on the right bank of the Erges river. The steep, narrow streets h…