Garrison Border Town of Elvas and its Fortifications

Garrison Border Town of Elvas and its Fortifications

Garrison Border Town of Elvas and its Fortifications
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fssutton1
Charleston, SC871 contributions
May 2022
I really hate to write this review but here goes. I am sure some will not agree. This place is needy in many respects. It is dirty, unkept, shoddy etc. The military museum has a few interesting things but most of the stuff on display is junk/radios, dental equipment etc. Give me a break. The fort is really austere and basic, there are many other military structures worth your time and effort compared to this place. The only highlight is the aqueduct which is a drive by; it is very impressive. The whole place is very austere and down right depressing.
Written 15 May 2022
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK6,243 contributions
Jul 2021
Elvas is home to three military structures. Elvas castle and the town walls dating from Moorish origins to the 12th century, Forte de Nossa Senhora da Graca 2km to the north built between 1763-92 and Forte Santa Lucia just outside the city walls to the south completed in 1648. Both being in the rather unusual ‘star fort’ design with many walled defences at different angles. And all very visible to each other as the photos show. The crucial location of Elvas being near the border with the Moors initially and later Spain gave rise to these fortifications and this being referred to as a Garrison town. And with these three significant structures it rightly earned its UNESCO Heritage status.
Written 27 July 2021
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Nomad778408
39 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
A chance 5 minute chat with a spanish tourist in Badajoz told us we should visit Elvas as only a few kilometres away in Portugal .cant believe how amazing this town was .how could we have not heard of it .Its unesco world heritage .we had the town to ourselves walking round with virtually no one else .this town deserves more tourists .the town walls . the amazing aqueduct .castle .fortress .english cemetry .beautiful walks round the town walls .the historic buildings are everywhere you turn .this has been the favourite place we have visited so far .€1.50 for a town map at the tourist office by the castle worth every cent so you dont miss anything .free parking by the aqueduct .the most amazing place to park .
Written 9 September 2020
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cubsur
Albufeira, Portugal85,543 contributions
Mar 2020
Something any student of military history should visit. The very well preserved fortifications deservedly resulted in Elvas being designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Written 8 March 2020
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Freerk_Visser
Alblasserdam, The Netherlands264 contributions
Sept 2019
Of all the nice places in Alentejo we enjoyed Elvas the most. Not too bif, you can see al the cites in a few hours, especially if you circle the town and the walls, to check the fortresses and the aquaduct.
Written 6 October 2019
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John M
Cobourg, Canada57 contributions
Sept 2018 • Couples


We stopped in Elvas after Vila Vicosa. Nice lunch on the square before exploring the town. Really interesting fortification rather unique to Portugal. A town well worth stopping in.
Written 6 September 2018
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Antony B
Berkhamsted, UK199 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
Elvas is an excellent place to visit as there are so many different sights and few tourists - despite UNESCO status. The parking at the time of our visit was free just inside the amazing earthworks around the old town. These are incredible and must have involved thousands of men for years to build. The castle had great views of the earthworks but sadly little is made of them.
Written 10 June 2018
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Joe A
Winston Salem, NC161 contributions
Jan 2018 • Friends
What a great town with plenty of options
A local gin producer- sample a wide selection at the castle wall
Or look at hand woven merino wool blankets or pottery then have a coffee along one of the tiled side streets
Written 22 January 2018
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P B
Lausanne, Switzerland198 contributions
Nov 2017 • Friends
This is a great city to spend a day walking around. The narrow city streets are interesting, the fortress walls around the city (many of which you can walk around) and the long aqueduct of Amoreira on the way out of the city. Don’t miss the fortress (there are two) just outside the city. Also don’t miss the roof top look out spot from the cupola of the church of the Dominicas behind the cathedral. It’s hard to find, but there is a sign in English saying something like “look” or “sight” which you can easily mistake as a warning sign, but they it actually indicates the way to a fantastic view - follow the signs and keep going up!
Written 26 November 2017
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D P
Wellington, New Zealand6,692 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
Very traditional brick built town on a hill with a fortress. Lovely cobbled streets and pretty white washed houses with flowers line the streets.
This is a very picturesque town with some interesting architecture worth seeing such as the castle and the aqueduct.
Recommend parking for free down but the aquarium and walking up to the village as it’s a pretty stroll through the town then. Otherwise you can park on the street further up but the roads can be smaller and harder to find a space.
Written 14 November 2017
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