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Castelo de Marvao, Marvao
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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. Use our Marvao tour planner to arrange your visit to Castelo de Marvao and other attractions in Marvao.
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  • Elevated position with stunning 360 degree views. € 1.50 access. Together with the narrow streets of the village Marvão well worth a visit. Culinary no highlight.
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  • The view is excellent and very good conservation status. Lets imagine the daily lives of those who lived in times of old.
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  • The Castle sits on top of the Hill, well cared for and preserved. At certain times there music festival inside the Castle. Saramago said that from there you can see the world! We spotted the Spain and the Serra da Estrela. Worth a visit!
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