Not all roads reach Marvão, but there are many ways to get here
The cultural diversity in Marvão may surprise the most ceptic ones. Come and explore the most important points spread across the village.
Go back in time and conquer Marvão most iconic point of interest. Standing on solid rock at 850m these walls safeguard relics of the past and offer you an unforgettable sight.
Igreja de Stª Maria - Museu Municipal
The most ancient catholic temple in Marvão has gave way to the museum. A project where the most unique pieces where provided by the people of Marvão, a move that sets this museum apart from the remaining.
Igreja de Santiago
A true religious monument, where awe and faith meet those who visit. Enter and get the blessing of a gothic timed church.
Casa da Cultura
The House of Culture, once the old village hall, shelters today a set of culture exhibitions that set a contrasting tone with its former functions as a prison and court room. Even if you are staying for a short time, do not miss the House of Culture.
Escultura IBN Maruan
Da autoria do escultor João Cutileiro, em homenagem ao muladi Ibn Maruan, que aqui se veio refugiar no século IX, dando o nome à vila de Marvão. De mérida até Marvão, estamos apenas à distância de uma pessoa!
Praça do Pelourinho
A bastion of Marvão strength and independence, the Pelourinho square rises to keep us in touch with the foundations of our country. Located in the main square of the village, symbol of the judicial power, where once there was a weekly market and lived important figures of the village.
Dwell on to the lower levels of the Castle and get to know one of the biggest registered cisterns in Portugal. This formidable construction would let the town withhold siege providing water for 6 months.
Convento de Nossa Senhora da Estrela
The convent grows from its simplicity, although small you will find yourself admiring the small details and history hidden within the walls. It is also a reason for celebration and also a holiday on 08 September.
Embrace the village, and get to know us with your hands. We have developed a tactile sculpture for the visually impaired, which breaks communication boundaries, and invites each one of us to discover roads and alleys with the touch of our palms.
Fonte do Concelho
Say goodbye to the hot days and reach for our town fountain, a symbol of sharing from ancient times.
Antiga Casa do Governador
Get to know the how our XVII century governor used to live, enter a journey to times gone by and discover traditional architecture.
Capela do Espírito Santo
Even if you are not a religious person, have a go at a chapel that holds an exquisite architecture and sets the tone to Marvão most interesting spots.
Capela do Calvário
A place of secrecy, where many seeked redemption, is now open to public and ready for your visit. Dare to enter and discover something new.
The outside of the walls offers you an embracing cultural experience that takes a hold on nature and time. Give the town a chance and board on a journey with no defined end and beginning.
Cidade Romana de Ammaia
Lost for over 2000 years, in the parish of São Salvador da Aramenha, this roman city, belivied only as a fairy tale, is waiting for you. Take your chance to discover the ruins of an empire lost in time that reached Marvão.
Ponte Quinhentista e Torre da Portagem
Symbols of trade these structures date to the XV century. Have stroll along the bridge and connect to ancient times.
Barragem da Apartadura
Aimed at supporting the town needs for water, the Apartadura dam invites the most adventurous to leisure activities as fishing, swimming, sailing and even windsurf. Take a swim and refresh from Alentejo scorching sun.
Túnel das Árvores Fechadas
With over 200 trees, this natural tunnel is the most iconic road section of one that sits among the most beautiful roads of Portugal, connecting Marvão and Castelo de Vide.
Born in the south, the Sever river flows north, take a chance to stroll on the banks of a river known by its raging flows across the land.
Painéis de Azulejo
The ever so present Portuguese tiles, give way to a special place at the now inactive station. A place where spies traded secrets during the Great War and Nazi gold flowed in several directions.
Marmitas de Gigante
There is a sea of granite flowing to Galegos, caves and strange shapes set the scene to a spectacular experience. Come along for a surprise of Mother Nature.
Penha da Esparoeira
Nesting home to several species the Eurasian eagle-owl (Bubo bubo) and Griffon Vulture (Gypsus fulvus) this quarzitic hill side is a mark on the way to Spanish lands.
Alentejo landscape is rich in megalith strcutures, get chance to go thousands of years back in time and be acquainted with structures that defy our notion of time.
Caleiras da Escusa
Used by romans on the time of the old empire these lime ovens worked until recently, around 20 years ago. Nowadays they are a living memory of the millennial activity, which once was a symbol of prosperity.
Olhos de Água
A water spring that supplied a whole civilization during an age dating to the days before the Apartadura dam construction.
“Choça dos Cabeçudos”
Spread across the S.Mamede mountain, near the border of Spain, you can find houses and farming warehouses used by ancient residents dating to the Iron Age. Although rough and rude, these structures now hold memories and portray the needs of the population of that time.
Marvão wonders may prove hard to combine and lead to difficult choices. We have developed a set of suggested programs to help you get the best possible outcome of your journey.
Marvão is still open for discovery.
Take your chance and explore our walking routes.
PR3 Castelo de Vide/Marvão walking route
Get to know the historic connection between these two strategic places, where a forest of chestnut trees provides material to traditional artisans. Do not forget to prepare as this route will test your endurance and spirit.
Placed in the heart of the Serra de S. Mamede natural park, our activities will leave you breathless.
Alentejo is renowned by the quality of its products and Marvão does not part with the tradition. Our delicacies melt in the mouths of all those who give them a try.
Chestnut and derivatives
Get acquainted with the vast array of chestnut products that embrace the velvet like taste of chestnuts.
Pileated chestnut and Chestnut flour
Olive Oil and derivatives
Olive trees give birth to one of the most praised delicacies in Alentejo, the olives. Marvão olive oil products are born from olives, mainly the Galician type. Give it a try and discover why olive oil is relished in Alentejo.
Candidate to world heritage, “Vinho da Talha” is taking Alentejo all over the world. Its unique process and wine grape varieties set it apart from the contenders. Join us for a toast during your stay.
Cheese and “Enchidos”
Packed with flavor and made by those who possess knowledge that crosses generations, the cheese and enchidos in Marvão are a force to be reckoned with. Try them along with a glass wine.
Beer and liqueurs
Alentejo beverages tradition does not stop at wine. Our grape varieties potentiate unique beer and liqueurs for you to taste. Join us, yet again, for a toast.
Honey is also a big part of Alentejo, sometimes sidelined by the famous olive oil, this delicacy is a hidden gem for foodies who love the sweetness and golden liquid.
Perfect in its imperfection, Marvão handicraft is an open book of teaching for those who wish to explore it. Get to know our traditions and help yourself remember your stay with us.
Basketry and works in brown wood
From roots fastened to the earth that saw them rise, the astes that intertwine in ideas and plots arise to give form to each basket, singular and unique in its form. Find the basket that most identifies with you.
However, not only of baskets is the work of those who use brown wood as the raw material for handicrafts. Get to know other forms of commerce that will bring a new Alentejo breeze to the decoration of your home.
Woodworking in brown
Embroidered with chestnut shell
To the mental representation of older ladies seated at their doorstep and back from their embroidery, leaning on their knowledge and in the innocent cusquice that is so natural, add a special touch: the Cashew of the chestnut. The result is a living form of the cultural expression of the Village and of the whole Municipality.
Embroidery with Chestnut shell
Miscellaneous embroidery, patchwork, dolls, embroidery with nutshell
Moved by necessity and shaped by habit, the hands of the Alentejo have long been transformed into the mold of their own land. Come and join hands in the arts and crafts where every detail has a very personal touch.
Of the works in cork that are a symbol of portugalidade and an art long learned by the Alentejanos. Passing through the trapology that retail the retail, wire by thread, is constructed the work of patchwork characteristic of Marvão. We still have photography, painting and more of an immensity of knowledge that you can not miss.
The subtlety of a craftsman can not be compared to the "perfection" of machines. And still good.
Works in Clay
Production of handmade soaps
Miscellaneous embroidery, patchwork, dolls, embroidery with nutshell
Unforgettable for those who leave, unique for the ones who stay. Moreover a pleasant surprise for those who have never crossed Marvão. Discover us on your map and come visit this special village in the district of Portalegre.