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Castle in Monsanto

Castelo

This formidable stone fortress seems almost to have grown out of the boulder-littered hillside that supports it. It’s a beautiful site, windswept and populated by lizards and wild flowers. Immense vistas include Spa…
Cultural in Monsanto

Festa das Cruzes

On 3 May each year Monsanto comes alive with the Festa das Cruzes, in honour of Nossa Senhora dos Cruzes and commemorating the invasion of the Moors. The story goes that the starving villagers threw their last lonel…
Portuguese in Monsanto

Petiscos e Granitos

Wedged within gigantic boulders, Petiscos e Granitos’ back terrace provides a fantastic backdrop for sipping a copo de vinho (glass of wine) at sunset, with incomparable views over the plains below. With all the ext…
Portuguese in Monsanto

Adega Típica O Cruzeiro

Just below the old town, this likeable place is a rather surprising find as you descend into the bowels of a modern municipal building. The attractive dining area boasts spectacular views over the plains below, and …