If you love medieval towns, photogenic streets, landscapes and wineries – Monsaraz ticks all the boxes. Located in the Alentejo region of Portugal, this hilltop medieval hamlet is hidden away by 13th-century walls to reveal whitewashed houses and a frozen-in-time charm. Visitors are spoilt when it comes to natural beauty here. Alongside vineyards, olive groves and other charming villages in the vicinity, Monsaraz is very close to Alqueva Lake – Europe’s largest artificial lake. You’ll be able to reach for the stars here at this UNESCO-sited Starlight Tourism Destination. Gastronomy is also on the cards with mouth-watering local cuisine and fine wine production. Get ready to put Monsaraz on your trip to Portugal.
1. Step through medieval walls and explore Monsaraz Castle
Standing tall since the 13th century, history comes alive at this impressive fortress – and its views are nothing short of spectacular. As the highest point of Monsaraz, you’ll be treated to sweeping vistas of vineyards, olive groves and the shimmer of Alqueva Lake. Take a peek at the castle as it’s illuminated in the evenings too.
2. Enjoy day and night activities on Alqueva Lake
Alqueva Lake is a hub for outdoor activities from hiring boats to picnicking on the water’s edge. As a UNESCO-certified Dark Sky Reserve – it’s also one of the best places in the world to stargaze. Don’t forget to look up at the night sky for an evening full of starry magic.
3. Get a taste of Monsaraz with wine-tasting experiences
Monsaraz is located in one of Portugal's most important wine regions so it’s an ideal destination for wine enthusiasts. At local wineries, you’ll discover different grape varieties, the making process and the best part – tasting with nibbles. It's truly a delightful way to immerse yourself in the flavours of Portugal.