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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  • Marvão Castle: at the entrance is a sculpture by Ibne Maruán, founder of Marvão in the 9th century, by João Cutileiro. From the top of the Menagem Tower is a fantastic panoramic view of the village and surroundings, which largely compensates for the effort of the climb. The fortification is well preserved and deserves a visit.
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  • Super nice... Ideal for relaxing and family walking. Very beautiful place. We were lucky with the weather and we put on a beautiful sunset
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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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