I waited a long time for the right moment to discover Marvão in alto Alentejo. That’s why it’s the first place I’ve been after a 3 months (!) lockdown.
Temperatures and sun exposure can be relatively high up there. That’s why going in May, on a partly cloudy day, seemed like the best choice.
2 ways to discover Marvão in Alto Alentejo
As you may know, my favorite way to discover a place is almost always by foot. Most of the times, I look up for hiking trails or path to see if I can get a better look from afar. When I chose to discover Marvão, I decided to go for a trail that goes all the way down to Portagem (the village below) and then goes back to the historic part. As you can see on the photos, the view was pretty impressive from down there. The flora at the time was pretty impressive too.
There is another great thing with hiking in these historic places: you get to discover so many things! For example, the fact this path passed along the old Portalegre road makes it so special! You can still see the paved way which used to link the main villages of the time.
Once back at the castle, the sun was just enough out to get some shots of the beautiful village. Many of the building was restored and showing their beauty. A well-maintained garden was at the entrance of the castle, full of roses and cutes places to sit and just relax.
It is also possible to walk along the old walls that surround the little town. From there you can enjoy a magnificent 360° view of the surrounding mountains and villages, all the way to Spain!
Hot tip: You’ll find the most beautiful plane tree alley on the road to discover Marvão in Alto Alentejo! Let me know in the comments if you’ve found it!
Alentejo is one of the most famous region in Portugal. Take a look at the Alentejo category of the blog to know more!