Situated on the north face of serra de São Mamede, district of Portalegre, the municipality of Marvão is bordered, to the east and north, by Spain. Its village, surrounded by walls, is located at the top of serra do Sapoio. It is inserted in the Serra de São Mamede Natural Park. The archaeological and architectural heritage dates back to prehistory, the Roman traces having the highest expression with several testimonies, such as the romam city of Ammaia and traces of Marvão's founding. It was, however, the Middle Ages that traced the town's profile with its castle and structured the main buildings of its urban area. The economy is essentially based on agriculture; the chestnut tree is assumed as a very important element, since it is used as a raw material in local crafts, thus constituting an extreme important cultural value. Proof of this is the Festa do Castanheiro (Chestnut Festival), annually held in the month of November. Thanks to its privileged location and patrimonial wealth, Marvão is a mandatory stopover for anyone visiting the north Alentejo. The local gastronomy constitutes another of its ex-libris. The bread, olive oil and herbs, such as pennyroyal and coriander, are always present in the local dishes, as they have deep roots in the traditions and customs of the Marvanense population.
What to do in Marvão
Centro Histórico de Marvão
Inserted in the Serra de São Mamede Natural Park, the village of medieval style embraces an urban agglomerate with around 150 dwellings, mostly dating from the 14th century to the 16th century, that line the long and narrow streets.
Castelo de Marvão
Imposing defensive complex situated in a place of great scenic beauty. Most of the buildings of the castle dating back to 1226 and 1230. Was modified and enlarged in the 15th, 16th and 17th. In the reign of King Dinis built ramparts, walls and fortresses. The reconstruction remain the keep and some cloths of wall.
Jardim de Marvão
Garden situated along the walls and Castle of Marvão, with garden areas in geometric figures. The view you get of the garden is simply fantastic.
Barragem da Apartadura
A dam on the Reveladas Brook (Tagus river basin). It is used for irrigation and for furnishing water.
Caleiras da Escusa
Very structures associated with the local exploitation of limestone and lime production were built in the 20th century, and by 1960 no longer in operation.
Museu Municipal de Marvão
Located in the Church of Saint Maria, since 1987, the museum includes objects donated or lent by the inhabitants. It features the history of the Marvão parish from the Paleolithic to the 20th century. The Municipal Museum of Marvão has …
Miradouro de Marvão
To the north of the district capital Portalegre, at an altitude of 862 metres, the Marvão Mountain, from the top of its fortress, has views of the Estrela and Gardunha Mountains (to the north) and the São Mamede Mountain (to …
Convento de Nossa Senhora da Estrela
This temple has a main facade portico of four arches ogival without decoration. Is the only convent in Marvão. At the top of the window there is a portico surmounted by the symbol of the Franciscans and flanked by Rococo …
Cidade Romana de Ammaia
This is the most important testimony of the Roman presence in the District of Portalegre. The traces here belong to romam city of Ammaia. The Monumental Arch door Set that features two bases, torres, who lined an entrance to the …
Circuitos do Parque Natural da Serra de São Mamede
Pedestrian path on the edge of São Mamede Natural Park. The path includes the passage by the castle of Marvão, the walls of Castelo de Vide, bridge in Ribeira de Galegos, Casal da Torre. Takes place between the banks of …
Ponte Romana de Portagem
The Roman bridge of 16th-century architecture that has reaproveitou Toll materials of a primitive Roman bridge. Has rampant and Board perfect round arches.
Where to eat in Marvão
A Churrasqueira Sever, em Portagem, no concelho de Marvão, é a mais recente aposta Julieta Garraio,…
By the Sever river, in a rather pleasant area, this nice restaurant prepares the Alentejo food quit…
The Alentejo cuisine makes the delights that are on the menu of this nice regional space.
Where to sleep in Marvão
With a panoramic view is exceptionally located, Quinta do Marvão is situated in the Natural Park and ecological reserve, 3 km from the medieval village of Marv…
After a reshuffle in 2012, this hotel presents itself with a modern decor and current, with a magnificent view of the river Sever, being located in the Serra d…
This pousada is the result of the conjunction and reconstruction of two village houses, renovated and transformed into a typical space, with quiet environment …
Although born and died in Vila do Conde, José Régio lived in Portalegre. It is not difficult to find in this region references to the writer, as is t…
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Belonging to the district of Portalegre, the municipality of Crato is located in Alto Alentejo and is characterized for being picturesque and full of…
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