Castelo de Marvao, Marvao

Constructed atop a rocky outcropping overlooking the rugged landscape of Alentejo, Castelo de Marvao serves as a well-preserved example of medieval architecture and an important part of Portugal's military past. Visit the fortified castle, dating from the 13th century, to get a sense of its strategic position on high ground just 13 km (8 mi) from the Spanish border. Explore the walled settlement surrounding the site, complete with gardens, living quarters, and a church, all of which relied on the castle for protection. Climb the complex's imposing fortifications, and don't miss the chance to ascend the sturdy bastion tower for a view of the surrounding countryside. This provides an even better opportunity to understand the fortress' advantageous and nearly inaccessible position. Be sure to wander among the different sections of the castle, including the keep, the battlements, and its rings of defensive towers. Take a look at our Marvao road trip app to schedule your visit to Castelo de Marvao and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • reaching this cistern positioned on the top of an hill you may easily imagine the role of such castle in thr period when each community has to defend itself, saving food and water overlooking...  more »
  • This is a hillside town so expect some elevation gain in any outing. That said,thankfully there is vehicle access to accommodation within the walls because ours was at the top. The views are...  more »
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  • We had a wonderful time climbing/walking, and photographing this beautiful castle. The view of the city below was amazing! Great experience!
  • Worth the visit. Amazingly well preserved. One of the biggest water tank from medieval times. Beautiful. Art shop with the artist selling amazing paintings.

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