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Monsanto, Beiras

#139 of 959 in Historic Sites in Portugal
Must see · Historic Site · Tourist Spot
Monsanto is a village in the civil parish of Monsanto e Idanha-a-Velha, in the municipality of Idanha-a-Nova, District of Castelo Branco, Portugal. In 2011, it covered an area of 131.76 km² and had 828 inhabitants (June 30, 2011). Monsanto would become popularly known as "the most Portuguese village of Portugal" due to a government-sponsored competition that awarded twelve historic villages the distinction of Most Portuguese Village of their own province in 1938.

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  • we had enjoyed Monsanto a lot, we walked everywhere even though it was wicked hot day. The views from the castle are great. the atmosphere is really amazing but it is sad how many houses are...  more »
  • Such a wonderfull village to visit, combination of the nature and human, you can feel how the houses builded and conneceted to the rocks! defenetly worth to visit! :)  more »
  • Monsanto was the best place we visited in Portugal! What an amazing town with incredible views. We woke up early to see the sunrise from up near the castle. We must have stared at the views for hours while birds rode the thermals right at eye level. Gorgeous place.
  • This is one of my Favorite Places in the World. This small town is considered the most Portuguese town in Portugal. The walk through the town of Monsanto is half the fun. Its a difficult hike but the town is AMAZING. The town is literally built around the boulders that make up the mountain.

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