In the heights of the Serra de São Mamede lie historic villages, such as Marvão and Castelo de Vide. To not lose.
There are countless places with special charm in Portugal, being the Serra de São Mamede, in Alentejo, one of them. And nearby is the fantastic village of Marvão, a place that deserves a careful visit.
Therefore, the invitation is to hit the road towards this beautiful mountain, which promises peaceful walks, to explore two picturesque villages, Marvão and Castelo de Vide where time seems to have stopped and the people will make you feel at home.
Marvão, the Roman villa
This excursion to the Serra de São Mamede begins at the Marvão?? THE roman villa shelters between its walls the tranquility of the Alentejo, as well as a unique hospitality among its narrow, weather-beaten streets and its whitewashed and yellow houses.
The visit to Marvão begins at the Castle, an essential historical landmark in the Spanish reconquest, as from the top you can see practically all of Spanish Extremadura. Afterwards, go down to the picturesque village and find out more about the restoration of independence at the Municipal Museum, housed in the Santa Maria Church.
Other points of interest in one of the most beautiful villages in Portugal is the City of Ammaia Foundation, just over 7 kilometers. Here you can travel back to Roman times, visit the ruins and the museum and learn more about the Roman occupation of Alentejo.
Castelo de Vide
14 kilometers away, caught on the N246 is Castelo de Vide?? Here, it is worth getting lost in the Jewry of the Castle and visiting the Synagogue, while learning more about the Jewish presence in the south of the country.
Be dazzled by the landscape at the top of the castle and through the cobblestone streets discover Alentejo handicrafts – embroidery and basketry. In Castelo Vide it is worth visiting the Quinta das Lavandas and its garden, with more than 40 varieties of lavender.
After exploring these small Alentejo villages, set out to discover what the Serra de São Mamede still has to offer: refresh yourself on an afternoon spent at the Apartadura dam, 25 kilometers from Castelo de Vide, and climb to the peak of the mountain and at the viewpoint admire the unobstructed views.
In addition to these points of interest, hiking lovers have at their disposal a series of walking routes to enjoy the lush landscape of the mountains.
Practical tips for a trip to Marvão
How to get?
The Serra de São Mamede, and by drag Marvão, is about 240 kilometers from Lisbon. From here, take the A1 and A23 to the IP2 in Castelo Branco. In Alpalhão, take the N206.
In Marvão, Pousada do Marvão is an excellent option for the most demanding guests. El-Rei Dom Manuel Hotel or Dom Dinis Marvão are friendly 3-star options inside the walls.
In Castelo de Vide, Quinta das Lavandas is one of the options with rooms smelling of lavender and views as far as the eye can see in the Serra de São Mamede.
Where to eat?
Lamb stew, Alentejo bread soup and convent sweets are typical of this region and capable of leaving any gastronomic lover’s mouth watering. The restaurant thousand menO Royal CourtyardOr the Alentejo balconyare good places to try Alentejo delicacies.