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Built on a promontory (a rarity in the Alentejo plain), the medieval castle town of Monsaraz rises like a scene from some enchanted tale, past and present mingling in a unique feast of unparalleled beauty and history.
Only five minutes on the road from Monte Saraz, this settlement is one of the oldest in Portugal, preserving almost untouched the whitewashed row of houses of limestone and schist, the castle and the walls, the churches and the old courts, with their precious frescos.
Occupied since prehistoric times because of its privileged defensive position (the surrounding megalithic monuments prove this), it was inhabited successively by the Romans, Arabs, Jews and Christians, providing the visitor with a surprising incursion into the history of the Iberian Peninsula.

Copyright Monte Saraz 2004, designed by Jan Kloosterman