Aldeia histórica de Monsanto

Aldeia histórica de Monsanto

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  • NoeB1
    Antwerp, Belgium1,202 contributions
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    What a beauty!
    This is a nice little village in a great area of Portugal. When we visited this village in the beginning of July there were not a lot of other tourists around. So we had a great and quiet experience. Just wander around and take a walk to the castle.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 August 2023
  • Jeff K
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania2,198 contributions
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    Very Memorable Town
    We stayed here in a one bedroom Airbnb rental. We enjoyed the town but didn’t have a porch or deck with a view. If you stay here I highly recommend renting a place with a view of some sort. Make sure you get good GPS directions for where to park. Parking is extremely limited and a lot of the GPS locations are wrong. A one night stay worked well for us. We saw the town and had a nice dinner with a view. There are some hiking options nearby if you’re thinking about staying longer.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 September 2023
  • paloma174
    Narbonne, France30 contributions
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    Worth going!!!!
    Amazing village!! Walk along small streets full of huge stones! View from the castle is beautiful ! We had luch at the Adega Tipica O cruceiro. Good food, best service!!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 December 2023
  • Alice H
    25 contributions
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    BEAUTIFUL SIGHTS OF NORTH PORTUGAL
    I really enjoy those hidden unknowns to most people and Monsanto happens to be one of those Portugal’s hidden gems. If you are in the northern region, spare some time to visit. Highly recommend this place. Make sure you have comfortable walking shoes. The trek will take 30-40mins. If it’s summer time, the north can get quite hot. So try and get there early in the morning to avoid crowds and heat. The climb can be challenging for some people because of the steep ascent but it’s worth it for sure. Lovely view. Beautiful village. Please don’t forget to bring water. It’s one of those places you never forget.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 May 2024
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Alice H
25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
I really enjoy those hidden unknowns to most people and Monsanto happens to be one of those Portugal’s hidden gems. If you are in the northern region, spare some time to visit. Highly recommend this place. Make sure you have comfortable walking shoes. The trek will take 30-40mins. If it’s summer time, the north can get quite hot. So try and get there early in the morning to avoid crowds and heat. The climb can be challenging for some people because of the steep ascent but it’s worth it for sure. Lovely view. Beautiful village.
Please don’t forget to bring water. It’s one of those places you never forget.
Written 26 May 2024
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paloma174
Narbonne, France30 contributions
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Dec 2023 • Couples
Amazing village!!
Walk along small streets full of huge stones!
View from the castle is beautiful !
We had luch at the Adega Tipica O cruceiro. Good food, best service!!
Written 10 December 2023
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stepsabroad
London, UK298 contributions
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Nov 2016 • Couples
This is a stunning village that was well worth the trip. We drove there and it was about 2 hours' drive from Marvao (to the south) or about 3 hours from Porto. For the last one hour or so in any direction, it comprises country roads going through villages (with 50-100 km/h speed limit) and the villages have a typical Portuguese feel to them too - in contrast to Monsanto, they do not look touristy in the least, although we did not stop in them due to time constraints.

We used Google Maps to find our way. Close to Monsanto, you will pass the village of Relva and then ascend the mountainside. There is a car park on your right just after a hairpin bend. You can park here or drive further up to another car park on the right with a wall, cannons and great views. They're both free and together have about 15 spaces.

The village itself has very helpful (probably recently placed) signs throughout to direct you to points of interest. There are a few small shops and cafes dotted around near the entrance. There is even a tourist office and two free public toilets. The narrow lanes are lovely to walk along, but there are steep gradients up and down and lots of stray cats around. Boulders are scattered around (more higher up) and there are 4-5 dramatic boulders with houses wedged next to them. It is easy to wander here for an hour or so at least.

In contrast to previous reviews, I did not find the local villagers to be unfriendly. They were helpful and friendly and seemed accustomed to tourists.
Written 17 November 2016
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João M
Lisbon69 contributions
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Aug 2019
Not possible to describe the views. Just the photos give a little bit of the wonder.
In the neighborhood you can find good places for pedestrian walks and radical activities.
Written 24 August 2019
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thomdamo
Bethesda, MD6 contributions
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Sept 2018
An amazing village cut into massive boulders. We stayed at the Casa Pires Mateus. Wonderful room at a reasonable price. Had a fantastic dinner at the Adega Tipiica O Cruzeiro,
Written 5 June 2019
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Nerium A
St. Augustine, FL172 contributions
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Jul 2018 • Couples
The village of Monsanto is the oldest in Portugal and the homes are built in, around, and under the boulders. There is parking at both the base of the village and a little further up should you not want to walk up the steep inclined roads. Restrooms and small markets are available as well on the way up. We decided to park at the bottom and take the 20 min walk to the fortress at the top. Along the way you can see the still existing homes and pig pens from the era. Many are also in ruins along the path. At the very top sits a very primitive Castle or "fortress" as it is not Castle like. You can tell it does not look anything like a Castle for its time was still early in Castle architecture. But, quite a structure. Once inside you can walk the walls as the did back then. Be mindful that good hiking shoes are needed as nothing there has changed. You will be amazed of the aerial view of the city down below and can only imagine what life was like early on in Portugal's history. There is a church to visit as well and a ruin of a church. The walk is steep both ways but an experience non the less. There is no fee.
Written 22 July 2018
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Rich M
Washington DC, DC45 contributions
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Jul 2018 • Family
Breathtaking. Perched on a hill with 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside. Small, winding, enchanting streets. Flowers on window sills. Friendly neighbors. The castle ruins and surrounding trails are a great place to spend a day hiking. Feels much more undisturbed than equally charming villages in Italy and France.
It’s on a hill which means you do a lot of uphill and downhill walking. Not the easiest for kids, but we strapped our 1.5 year old in the Baby Bjourn.
A must see if you’re gonna be in the area! Not sure how you would get here without a car.
Written 7 July 2018
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Michael F
Tel Aviv, Israel597 contributions
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Sept 2016 • Friends
This is a very picturesque village with stone houses build into and around huge boulders! Unbelievable!
I highly recommend to walk up to the castle, from there you get breathtaking views!!!
Written 21 October 2016
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Michael
Mannheim, Germany63 contributions
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Mar 2016 • Friends
During our roadtrip in Portugal Monsanto seemed to be the most portuguese village we encountered. You need to be very lucky if someone speaks english (luckily there is google translate :-) ).
Our hosts were extremely friendly and gave quite an atmosphere of a warm family (which they actually were).
The village itself is so far the funniest village I encountered as some houses are simply build together or even inside huge rocks.

P.S.: Surprisingly I had the best octopus for dinner I ever had so far (better than any fish restaurant I tried at the coasts in Portugal) - unfortunately I can't remember the name or rather we had no idea which restaurant it was when we arrived there. As a hint: it has a great panoramic view towards the "coast side".
Written 15 August 2016
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Chileice
Spain2,872 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
I have been here twice and would go back again. The first time, I went in the day and the second time, I went at night. The night time visit was better than the day. Less people, more parking and an eerie beauty that only the rocks of Monsanto can exude. Come at sunset and watch a spectacular finish to the day and then roam the quiet streets as the lights come on and create a whole new world. You DO want to see this place!
Written 22 July 2018
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