Monsanto, “the most Portuguese village of Portugal”, is embedded in a set of granite rocks where emerging houses packed tightly together, has a medieval castle with a long history of battles and fighting; but the village happily preserves itself so well that tourists visit it again and again.
The “Ponte Romano de Segura” is an international bridge that connects Spain with Portugal, built in the 2nd century, coeval of the Puente de Alcántara, communicates with the Spanish side on “Piedras Albas” and on “Villa de Segura” on the Portuguese side, giving its name to the bridge.
Idanha a Velha, is a village that could be an authentic outdoor museum to visit on a “escapadela”, a Portuguese word that means weekend break or short trip. In the village we can appreciate its Roman and Visigoth past, thanks to its walls, castle and the bridge over the Ponsul river and the Visigoth Cathedral, unique (in its genre) in the Iberian Peninsula. The most representative building is the Cathedral.
Penha García was a Neolithic community, a part of ‘Lusitania’ later to become a Roman settlement. After the Re-Conquest, it became a fiefdom of the Order of Santiago de Cáceres, but the knights disliked the district and it became a Templar establishment. In the 16th century it entered crown lands again with an independent government, until proper establishment in 1836.
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