Castle in Monsanto


This formidable stone fortress seems to grow out of the boulder-littered hilltop. There's not a lot left inside the walls but it's a beautiful site, windswept and full of lizards and wild flowers. Immense vistas...

Cultural in Monsanto

Festa das Cruzes

On 3 May (or the nearest weekend) Monsanto bursts into life for this festival, held to honour Nossa Senhora dos Cruzes and commemorate the invasion of the Moors.

Portuguese in Monsanto

Petiscos e Granitos

Wedged within gigantic boulders, Petiscos e Granitos’ back terrace provides a fantastic backdrop for a copo de vinho (glass of wine) at sunset, with incomparable views over the plains below. Its food offerings...

Portuguese in Monsanto

Adega Típica O Cruzeiro

Just below the village proper, this likeable place is a rather surprising find, situated as it is in a modern municipal building. The panoramic dining area boasts spectacular views over the plains below, and the...

Viewpoint in Monsanto

Miradouro do Forno

Get your camera ready. This viewing balcony commands huge views over the village's red roofs down to the baking plains below. It also looks up to an alarmingly balanced boulder known locally as the Penedo do Pé...