What to do


Cycle along lost trails, Roman and medieval sidewalks, past streams and brooks and discover a surprising territory.

Caballos Marvão organizes horseback rides through the spectacular landscapes of Marvão, combining the pleasure of a different experience with the therapeutic effects this activity provides.

There are numerous national and municipal roads that run through the municipality of Marvão and the Serra de São Mamede Natural Park.

There are several trails available in the municipality of Marvão that are certified by the NATURAL.PT network and can be found on the official website or on the Marvão Municipality website.

Stroll through the historic center of the town of Marvão, through its typical streets and discover the old Town Hall, the Pillory, the Castle and the Municipal Museum.

The municipal swimming pool complex is located in Portagem. Next to it is the outdoor swimming pool with treated water and the river pool in the middle of the River Sever. In Santo António das Areias we find the indoor pools. All of them are located approximately 5km from our house.

Next to the swimming pools and the River Sever, the Portagem leisure center offers a space with fitness equipment, a children's playground, a multi-sports area, various shaded areas with benches and tables and terraces that invite you to enjoy a quiet and relaxing evening. It is also home to the 16th century bridge and the Portagem Tower.

What to see

House of Culture (Old Town Hall) and Municipal Historical Archive
The Old Town Hall was the building of the Town Hall from its construction during the reign of King Manuel (15th-16th centuries) until 1956, when the current town hall facilities were inaugurated. We can match the building's stylistic date with the Manueline coat of arms and the granting of the charter in 1512.

The Castle
The Castle of Marvão was a strategic fortification, oriented towards the border, a mere 13 km away. It was also an effective place of refuge and an extraordinary point of observation and surveillance, since it clearly dominated the second most important route of penetration for the armies of the neighboring country, from Valencia de Alcântara, in a vast area of the Alto Alentejo that runs from Badajoz to the River Tagus. Its strategic location is clear: it is part of the first line of detention, after the Treaty of Alcanizes, which runs, in what is now the Portalegre District, from Montalvão to Elvas.

Cova Mill
The Moinho da Cova Cultural and Environmental Interpretation Center, as its name suggests, is housed in an old water mill next to the river beach of the River Sever, in the village of Portagem in the municipality of Marvão.

Municipal Museum
Exhibition area: 520 m 2. The Church of Santa Maria, long closed to worship and in an advanced state of ruin, was restored to house the Marvão Municipal Museum.
On November 7, 1987, the doors of the Museum were opened to visitors for the first time, making a long-standing aspiration of the people of the municipality a reality. They contributed a great deal to making this project possible by offering or donating items.

Roman City of Ammaia
The City of Ammaia is undoubtedly the most important vestige of its period to be found in the northern Alentejo region. Located in São Salvador de Aramenha, its area consists of Quinta do Deão and Tapada da Aramenha, covering an area of approximately 25 hectares. There is a Museum with a vast and rich collection and the Ruins of the Roman City.

Monuments of municipal interest

Lime Kilns
Manueline cross
Roman city of Ammaia
Calvary Church
Convent of Our Lady of the Star
Church of the Holy Spirit
Church of St. Mary
Church of St. James

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Fairs, pilgrimages and local markets
Proximity to Spain

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