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July 18 - Marvoa
This serene medieval village is dramatically set at 862
meters (2,828 feet) on the top of mountain facing Spain. Its 13th century walls
and 17th century buttresses make it an impregnable stronghold. The first known
inhabitants of the area were Roman, followed by the Moors whom King Dom Afonso
Henriques evicted with difficulty in 1166. The castle became an essential
stronghold for border control. ...
July 17 - Traveling to Marvoa
We left fairly early today, around 9:30, because we have
several stops to make. We made it out of town without a problem. A good sign.
Our first stop was the Roman ruins just south of Ciombra
in Conimbriga. This is the largest and most excavated Roman site in Portugal.
It was on the road between Lisbon and Braga. There is evidence that the Romans
inhabited the ...
... he had a cancellation that he hadn't processed yet and we could stay! We were thrilled.
Like many hill top towns and villages in and around the Alentejo province, it sports an imposing citadel. This one has an eagles nest view over the valley. Others may be larger and have many more sights to visit but in this case, for us, "less was more". Later we found out Marv„o was included in the book, '1000 Places to ...
... else we saw, it was just an ordinary aqueduct, notable merely for historical reasons. Top Choice really? And we could not even get access to the top for scenic walk.
It was 3:30 pm. And by this time I was a bit *****y. I was hot and sticky and tired. But by the time we drove out of town towards the next sights on our agenda I largely got over it.
Before Stonehenge, There was Cromeleque ...
... walls were built in the 16th and 17th C, on previous Moorish defences.
There is also a castle which has some bits of its Moorish walls left.
The fort was Wellington's base, during the Peninsula War, for the assault on Badejoz(just over the ...