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Portugal’s Hideaways: Monsanto

Come and visit the historic village of Monsanto, in the Beira Baixa region

The historic village of Monsanto is located 25km from Idanha-a-Nova, in the Beira Baixa region

Reached on a hill that imposes itself when looking at most horizons, the Historical Village of Portugal of Monsanto has a unique charm, to which contribute the two titles attributed in the century. XX – Aldeia Mais Portuguesa de Portugal, in 1938, and Aldeia Histórica in 1995.

It is a very old place, where the human presence is registered since the Paleolithic. Archaeological remains show an Lusitanian castro and Roman occupation in the so-called S. Lourenço field, at the foot of the hill. Traces of Visigothic and Arabic permanence were also found.

Tourist icon of the region, Monsanto is a peculiar experience for those who visit it. D. Afonso Henriques, D. Sancho I, D. Sancho II and D. Manuel were chartered. The oldest part is at the highest point, where the Templars built a fence with a keep.

Monsanto is part of the network of Historical Villages of Portugal, together with the villages of Almeida, Belmonte, Castelo Mendo, Castelo Novo, Castelo Rodrigo, Idanha-a-Velha, Linhares da Beira, Marialva, Piódão, Sortelha and Trancoso.

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