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The Palce in Vila Vicosa


Looking up ther main street in Vila Vicosa

Looking down the main street in Vila Vicosa



Daisy enjoying the view in Monsaraz




Witches Tower













After two days of solid rain and high winds we woke up on Monday morning to sunshine. We decided to enjoy the day. This time we headed towards the hill top village of Monsaraz but our first stop was in the town of Vila Vicosa. As we drove to Vila Vicosa we passed a number of marble quarries the industry of the area.

Vila Vicosa was a lovely little town dominated by Ducal Palace which was the residence of the Portuguese monarchy. The palace dominates one side of a huge marble square. In addition to the palace the down had the obligatory castle and a quaint main street with orange trees lining the street.

From Vila Vicosa we drove once again through the beautiful rolling countryside of the Alentjo Region to the hillside fortified village of Monsaraz close to the Spanish border. The village sits high above the border plains of Portugal and Spain so the views were magnificent particularly looking down onto the damned Rio Guadiana. The village like Marvao had narrow cobbled streets with whitewashed houses. At one end of the village was the Torre das Feiticeiras or Witches Tower which hosts the annual village festival including bullfighting in September. The village was very quiet so we were able to wander and enjoy the sunshine, views and quiet.

After exploring the village we headed down to the Rio Guadiana stopping to look at a square ‘Circle “of 49 ancient stones. From the lake we got great views back of Monsaraz.

We then headed back to base via a different route which took high into the hills before descending into Estremoz. It had been a lovely day.

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