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Restaurante Sever

The pick of the restaurants for miles around, this smart place is in a beautiful location, just over the bridge in Portagem, on the Rio Sever. It comes highly recommended by locals and serves first-class Alentejan c…
Museum in Marvão

Cidade de Ammaia

This excellent little Roman museum lies between Castelo de Vide and Marvão in São Salvador de Aramenha. From São Salvador head 700m south along the Portalegre road, then turn left, following the signs to Ammaia.
Castle in Marvão


The formidable castle, built into the rock at the western end of the village, dates from the end of the 13th century, but most of what you see today was built in the 17th century. The views from the battlements are …
Museum in Marvão

Museu Municipal

Just southeast of the castle, the Igreja de Santa Maria provides graceful surroundings for this one-room museum. Its newly renovated exhibition hall offers a brief overview of regional history from the Paleolithic e…
Portuguese in Marvão

O Castelo

This cafe has outdoor tables and a cosy interior where you can warm up by the fireplace on frosty afternoons. It has changing lunch specials throughout the week as well as lighter fare – tostas, sandwiches, soups – …
Portuguese in Marvão

Varanda do Alentejo

This popular place serves up lots of pork-based regional specialities, which you can enjoy with a sangria on the terrace. You’ll also find classic bacalhau (codfish) dishes, octopus and several vegetarian plates.
Cultural Centre in Marvão

Casa da Cultura

In a restored building, this cultural centre hosts changing exhibitions. You can also check out the rustic upstairs courtroom, dating from 1809, and there’s a small handicrafts shop on-site (in what was a former pri…
Portuguese in Marvão

Restaurante Casa do Povo

Boasting the town’s loveliest terrace, Casa do Povo has wonderful views across the countryside. The menu, however, won’t knock your culinary socks off. A speciality is shark with garlic and coriander.