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Castelo de Marvao

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Address: Rua do Castelo, Marvao 7330-114, Portugal
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+351 245 993 602

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Great views over the countryside

There are many steps and narrow walkways but the views are wonderful from such a height. Well worth the visit - the only downside is hundreds of bugs!

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Cape Town, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

There are many steps and narrow walkways but the views are wonderful from such a height. Well worth the visit - the only downside is hundreds of bugs!

Thank kaapie62
Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Marvao itself is a wonderful hilltop town with a commanding view of the countryside for tens of miles around, and the castle at its highest point is exceptional. It is seemingly almost complete and visitors are permitted to wander where they wish within the ramparts, along the walls and up the towers. The cistern which, with a height of 10... More 

Thank David E
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This dramatically sited rocky outcrop is high above the undulating "serra" with unbeatable views. The town takes its name from "Marvan" a Moorish ruler around eighth century. Later occupied by Christians in 1166. A century later Dom Dinis built the Castelo and walled lands. While the Castelo itself is ruined the gardens and surrounding neat houses with granite windows and... More 

Thank Jerry C
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Wonderful castle great walks all around the walled city, heaps of beautiful panoramas... if you suffer from vertigo may not be for you!

Thank loretta g
Jerusalem, Israel
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this beautiful site last week. This wonderfully preserved medieval castle and small village is perched high on a mountain with gorgeous scenery around it, for as far as the eye can see, The guide who took us there, Mr. Jorge Matin, from Genuine Alentejo, Portugal Remarkable Tourist Experience, was a very informed and pleasant person. He guided us... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is about 1000 meters (3300 feet) higher than the surrounding countryside, being on top of a large hill. While the wife walked the streets of the town, I climbed the walls to get better views. Be warned, there are no guardrails and it is a long way to fall from the wall. Due to limited time, we did... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Incredible views from the top for miles around. Castle is on top of rocky outcrop and is very high. Well maintained and nice gardens in front, very cool place to visit.

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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love to see places from on high, and the marvelous hill town of Marvão was high on my list of spots to visit during my time in Portugal. The castle dominates the northwest end of the town, and from its ramparts you can see across the plains to the frontier between Spain and Portugal. No question why the castle... More 

Thank JaninedeBric
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I know a bit about castles coming from north Wales where we have lots of them. This castle is pretty old with a lot of history and a great way to spend a bit of time in Marvao.

Thank northwalesnaturist
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Reviewed 18 April 2017

As with most Portuguese castles, you pay your entry fee (€2.50, very cheap) and you're left to your own devices. There were some explanatory panels, and lots of walls to walk along. The view from the top is amazing. You can see for miles. To top it off, there is a shop in the middle that sells local beer. Walking... More 

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