The small town of Marvão (3750 inhabitants) in the Northern Alentejo (Alto Alentejo) Region, close to the frontier with Spain, is one of the most amazing fortified villages in Portugal.
Huddled atop a mountain 860 meters (2,820 feet ) tall, the main attraction of this medieval town is the Castle of Marvão, which dates back to the 9th century, where the knight of Islam, named Ibn Maruan, sheltered himself in this castle and gave birth to the name of the town. It was later conquered by Christians, which substantially improved the fortifications.
The Castle, with its thick walls, battlements and towers, has an ample view over the mountainous landscape and the sun-baked plains of the Alentejo.
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