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MARVÃO

The beautiful little village of Marvão stands sentry over the Alentejan plains atop a rocky outcrop and stands defiant to time. Within 13th-century walls, steep and narrow cobbled streets lined with traditional whitewashed houses, home to the 1000 or so inhabitants. Doorways and windows adorned with flower boxes add explosions of colour. Amidst the houses, you will encounter Gothic arches, Manueline windows, wrought-iron balconies and other embellishments that add to the village's medieval charms.

INSIDE MARVÃO'S WALLS

Igreja de Santa Maria & Municipal Museum

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Marvão is a great place to buy quality local crafts and local delicacies. Look out for the O Poial da Artesã craft shop, it's a treasure trove of local ceramics, wickerwork and local curiosities. The weather-beaten pillory (Pelourinho) standing on a four-stepped pedestal is a remnant from the past where Regal justice was once metred out.


Igreja de Santa Maria & Municipal Museum

The 15th-century church of Santa Maria has been home to Marvão's municipal museum since November 1987, following a period of refurbishment. The exhibit inside is an interesting collection of artefacts from different periods of Marvão's existence, including a range of Roman artefacts. Outside are well-manicured gardens that are an ideal spot to admire the panoramic views. .
Tuesday - Sunday: 09h00 – 12h30/14h00 - 17h30, Monday: CLOSED
Adult: €1.30, Child & Concessionary: €0.75
Igreja de Santa Maria, Largo de Santa Maria, 7330-101 Marvão, Portalegre, Portugal.
39° 23' 40.4" N | 07° 22' 40.6" W
+351 245 909 132 | museu.municipal@cm-marvao.pt

MARVÃO CASTLE

Marvão's impregnable terrain and commanding location over its surroundings make it a natural choice for building a castle, a fact taken advantage of for thousands of years. The formidable fortifications you can see now date back mostly to the 15th and 17th centuries. The Castle is built on top of a 13th-century original, which in places, was built into the living rock. The views from this vantage point are breathtaking, even more so from the top of the castle keep, the Torre de Menagem. Just inside the entrance is a huge vaulted cistern, designed to withhold a siege lasting six months and today is still full of water.

The castle has played a fundamental role in many military conflicts during its lifetime, including the war between king D. Dinis and his brother D. Afonso in 1299 AD, the Dynastic Crisis of 1383-85, the Restoration Wars 1640-68, the War of Spanish Succession 1704-12 and the Peninsular Wars 1807-11. However, the castle was captured only once, in 1833, when the attackers entered through a secret gate. The castle's military history is explained in greater detail in the Núcleo Museológico Militar museum found within the walls.

10h00 - 13h00/13h30 - 17h00 Tuesday - Sunday, Monday: CLOSED
Castle: FREE | Museum: Adult: €1.00, Child: €0.80
Rua do Castelo 7330, Marvão, Portugal. | 39° 23' 45.2" N | 07° 22' 44.5" W

Marvão Castle

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TOP TOURS

Sephardic Heritage: Castelo de Vide, Marvão, Portagem and Valência

Sephardic Heritage: Castelo de Vide, Marvão, Portagem and Valência

A ten-hour tour that will take you to the Essence of Jewish Sephardic culture! Visit the medieval Synagogues, the old Jewish quarters, discover the physical marks left in the architecture and the Sephardic legacy that remains today. Get to know the astonishing villages, where the true history of Portuguese and Spanish Jews lay. Holders of a unique culture, Portuguese and Spanish Jews formed one of the most important Communities in both countries. We will take you through villages of unique beauty.

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Private Full Day Tour - Marvão and Ammaia Roman Ruins from Lisbon

Private Full Day Tour - Marvão and Ammaia Roman Ruins from Lisbon

Portugal’s diverse culture has bred an array of historical towns that beg to be explored. This private eight-hour tour gives you the opportunity to escape Lisbon’s crowds and explore the historic towns of Marvão and the Roman ruins at Ammaia with a knowledgeable guide. Marvel at imposing fortresses and Roman ruins on this customisable tour, according to your interests. Round-trip transport from your Lisbon hotel is included.


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Historical Central Portugal - Four Day Private Tour

Historical Central Portugal - Four Day Private Tour

Historical Central Portugal - Four Day Private Tour Experience a private four-day roundtrip through the centre and interior of Portugal with your private official guide. Discover some of the most important landmarks of Portuguese history. Highlights and visits include Évora, Monsaraz, Estremoz, Elvas, Marvão, Castelo de Vide, Castle of the Knights Templar in Tomar. Also included is the Baroque library and the St. Michael chapel of Portugal's oldest university in Coimbra, Fátima, Batalha Monastery, Nazaré and Óbidos. Free hotel pickup and drop-off included. Informative, friendly and professional guide.

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AMMAIA ROMAN RUINS

Ammaia Roman Ruins

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Following the Punic wars in the second century, BC Rome acquired lands in Iberia which belonged to the defeated Carthaginians. Capitalising on this gain the Romans slowly expanded their lands northwards into the Lusitanian territory. Romans who settled at Marvão knew the town as Herminio Minor in honour of its strategic position. The largest Roman settlement in the area was established at the present-day parish of São Salvador da Aramenha, known as Ammaia, around three miles south of Marvão on the Portalegre road. It was founded in the first century AD, most likely under the reign of Claudius. Archaeological evidence suggests the town was intensively settled around the reign of Augustus, with possibly up to 6000 inhabitants.

Today sheep graze across the ruins which include parts of the south gate, a bath complex, forum and temple. A small museum occupies the kitchen and basement of an old Roman villa. The museum is jam-packed full of finds from the site.

09h00 – 12h30, 14h00 – 17h30 | Adult: €3.00, Concessionary: €1.50
4 Estr. da Calçadinha, São Salvador da Aramenha, Portugal. | 39° 22' 09.6" N | 07° 23' 11.1" W
+351 245 919 089 | Website

PONTE ROMANA DE (ROMAN BRIDGE OF) PORTAGEM

In the valley below Marvão where the river Sever flows you will find the village of Portagem, which means "Toll". Here there is a defensive tower and Roman bridge, in times passed travellers were charged to cross. The name of the Roman Bridge is misleading, although it utilises some of the original Roman stone blocks it was rebuilt and widened in the 16th century. The best way to reach the village and bridge from Marvão walking eight kilometres along a footpath, which itself is ancient and contains medieval cobbles in places.

Praia Fluvial de Portagem

Next to the Roman bridge is a natural swimming pool which brings great relief on the hottest days of summer. Here the Rio Sever is tamed for safe family bathing. The river beach forms part of a network of municipal pools complete with amenities.
3 Rua da Ponte Romana, Portagem, Portugal. | 39° 22' 58.3" N | 07° 22' 47.7" W

Ponte Romana de (Roman Bridge of) Portagem

|  Ponte Romana de (Roman Bridge of) Portagem

Parque Natural (Natural Park of) Serra de São Mamede

|  Parque Natural (Natural Park of) Serra de São Mamede



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PARQUE NATURAL SERRA DE SÃO MAMEDE

The 44km (27 miles) long range of hills known as the Serra de São Mamede became a national park in 1989 and covers 310 square kilometres. Its sole purpose is to preserve and maintain not only the rich abundance of wildlife and fauna, but also its impressive geology, historical monuments and local traditions. On the northern side chestnuts and Pyrenean oaks grow amongst the cork oaks and holm oaks, while in the vineyards, vines grow alongside olive groves that share the slopes of the foothills. Towards the south large traditional farming estates known as Montes help preserve the natural pastures and woodland. Small villages are dotted here and there with whitewashed houses surrounded by vegetable gardens and orchards.

Human occupation does not impede the local wildlife such as rare birds such as Bonelli's Eagle and the Griffin Vulture, Sparrowhawks, the Short-toed Eagle, the Black Kite, the Eagle Owl, the Tawny Owl and many others. Mammals also thrive here, such as Wild Boar, Red Deer, Badgers, Egyptian Mongooses, Wild Cats, Foxes and the Common Rabbit.

Thousands of years of human occupation however has left its mark in the guise of dolmens, menhirs, camps, Roman and 15th-century bridges, and also in the network of paved tracks and pathways, some of which form part of the walking excursions in the nature Park. Eight walking routes are signposted in the Park, details and maps can be found here. More About the Parque Natural (National Park of) Serra de São Mamede. [ More About ► ]

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OUR RECOMMENDATIONS

Pousada of Marvão - Hotel Santa Maria

Pousada of Marvão - Hotel Santa Maria ★ ★ ★ ★

Tucked away within the hodgepodge of Marvão's winding, cobbled streets this Pousada has been converted from two medieval buildings, parts of which date back to the 13th century. The Pousada has retained much of it's original medieval character whilst being fully equipped with modern facilities. The hotel has 31 rooms, including seven superior rooms and three suites, all with en-suite bathrooms, heating/air conditioning, minibar, hairdryer, telephone, cable TV and internet access. Rua 24 de Janeiro 7, 7330-122, Marvão, Portugal.
39º 23" 35.0' N | 07º 22" 35.0' W

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Hotel Dom Dinis Marvão

Hotel Dom Dinis Marvão ★ ★ ★

Located within the walls of the Marvão Castle, at the top of the high village of Marvão, Dom Dinis Marvão features a rooftop terrace with a Jacuzzi® and panoramic views of the countryside below. It offers air-conditioned guestrooms.

The traditional rooms have terracotta floors and are decorated in natural tones. All rooms come equipped with a TV and a private bathroom with a hairdryer. Dom Dinis Marvão features medieval-inspired décor and also has a communal living room with a fireplace..

Largo de Santa Maria, 7330-121 Marvão, Portugal.
39º 23" 39.2' N | 07º 22" 39.1' W

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El-Rei Dom Manuel Hotel

El-Rei Dom Manuel Hotel

Located close to the main gate this old house has been tastefully restored and converted into a hotel with full facilities. Good friendly service and homely. Amazing views from the rooms which face away from town.

Largo de Olivença, 7330-104, Marvão, Portugal.
39º 23" 38.4' N | 07º 22" 34.4' W

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OUR CHOICE

Varanda do Alentejo

Varanda do Alentejo

A popular eatery serving great Alentejan cuisine at reasonable prices. The atmosphere is relaxed, unpretentious and homely. Vegetarian options are also on the menu.

Daily: 12h00 - 15h00/19h00 - 22h00
Restaurante e Turismo Rural, Praça do Pelourinho 1-A, 7330–108, Marvão, Portugal.
39º 23" 38.5' N | 07º 22" 34.4' W | +351 245 909 002 / 245 993 272
info@varandadoalentejo.com | Website


Botequim da Mouraria

Casa do Povo

The location is fantastic with views overlooking the surrounding region making a table on the terrace or up stairs by a window the perfect place for a drink, lunch or dinner. Serving a range of dishes from simple light eats to main meals of Portuguese cuisine.

Daily: 09h00 - 22h00
Travessa do Chabouco 2, Marvão, Portugal.
39º 23" 40.8' N | 07º 22" 35.0' W | +351 245 99 316
casadopovo.rest@sapo.pt


Sever Rio Restaurante

Sever Rio Restaurante

Located in the village of Portagem eight kilometers downhill of from Marvão and close to the famous "Roman" bridge over the river Sever. This family restaurant and hotel has won many contests for the quality of it's food and interpretation of Alentajan cuisine.

Monday - Sunday: 11h00 - 02h00
Estrada Rio Sever Portagem, 7330-347, São Salvador de Aramenha, Marvão, Portugal.
39º 22" 54.3' N | 07º 23" 00.3' W | +351245 993 192
geral@sever.pt | Website

Lisbon airport is 227km (141 miles) West of Marvão: Lisbon
Faro airport is 402km (250 miles) South of Évora. Faro

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From the south the E802 will bring you from Évora and Beja. From Portalegre take the N359 northbound and from Lisbon via the A1, A23 and the E802 eastbound. Latitude - 39º 23' 38.4" | Longitude - 07º 22' 34.4"

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The closest train station is at Évora, from here it's possible to take buses to Marvão via Portalegre however buses are unfrequent. Intercity train (comboios Intercidades) services Évora's train station from Lisbon and Beja.
• Linha do Alentejo Timetable
Trains of Portugal Website

Rodoviária do Alentejo run coach services all over the Alentejo and beyond, linking the region to major cities within Central and Southern Portugal, including coaches to Évora and Estremoz: Website
Trevo run local bus services in and around Évora: Website