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Historic Village of Monsanto

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Wonderful historic village, unique in several ways

Excellent place to visit, the village is unique in its beauty and charm. It was for a long time... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Brussels, Belgium
Historic villages with castles

We visited every historical village in Guarda District and Monsanto was simply amazing (similar to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Viseu, Portugal
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Monsanto, Portugal
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Reviewed yesterday

Excellent place to visit, the village is unique in its beauty and charm. It was for a long time considered the most typical village in the country, but I was surprised at how well it was restored in the last 20 years, after my last...More

Thank pmartinslux
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited every historical village in Guarda District and Monsanto was simply amazing (similar to Sortelha, not far from Monsanto). The old and village center is located on the top of the mountain just before the castle. The views are truly breathtaking. Silence was very...More

Thank Quest384404
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Off the beaten path village with huge boulders as part of the landscape. This place seems straight out of medieval times. The boulders are everywhere and the houses are hamlets. We arrived on a Sunday and parking was problematic. I think every family in Portugal...More

Thank JustBeachin55
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are reasonably fit and able to walk up and down steep dirt and cobblestone paths, put on a pair of good walking shoes, grab your camera and your water bottle and GO! Monsanto is amazing. We had to park way down the hill,...More

Thank JESEdmonton
Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

Best little town ever. One of the highlights of our Eurotrip. Highly recommended this town:) Also look at Casa de David if your are looking for accommodation in the town.

1  Thank LetsGoGoGoGirl
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

Hidden town in, on and under enormous boulders on Portuguese hillside. Wonderful to explore especially if you like outdoors, ruins, steps and climbs. Great signposts (English and Portuguese) throughout town explaining sites. Spent several hours up around the castle and church ruins- take food and...More

1  Thank tspeldo
Reviewed 30 September 2018

Monsanto should be a must stop for any trip to Portugal. We have never seen such architecture. It is fascinating. Had a good and filling lunch at the Taverna. The ascent is steep and challenging, but the views are well worth the effort. Make the...More

1  Thank weiss782
Reviewed 18 September 2018

If you like to walk around in small streets full of history, you will love this village. The castle ha a great view of the region. Don´t be afraid to walk to the castle, even if you think you are not an athletic person who...More

Thank Elipessoa
Reviewed 30 August 2018

Typical village with its granite constructions made in the hills above having the castle at the top. The village is one of the landmarks of Portuguese culture representing 300 million years of land dynamics with one of UNESCO's most spectacular geomonuments. The strength of the...More

Thank Luís A
Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile

The most Portuguese city! An UNESCO heritage that is worth to be discovered . An unbelievable experience, unique in the whole world. A medieval town with big stones on top of the houses.

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5 December 2016|
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I think the village itself is the main attraction. Walking around the village, seeing all the amazing little cottages and walking up to the castle are the main things we did in Monsanto. Just wander. We loved it and wished... More
veena s
5 December 2016|
Response from BWPortugal | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Sorry, I cannot help you much. We read about Monsanto on the net and travelled there for one night and 2 days from our home near Tomar, Portugal, so we didn't see much else of the area. In the village there is little to... More