In a secluded valley in the Serra da Sao Mamede, Alto Alentejo, Portugal.

The Marvao walk in the Serra de Sao Mamede

Distance 7.5 Km Grade Easy to Moderate
Time 2 hours Type Circular walk
The roman bridge in Portagem below Marvao in the Parque Natural da Serra de Sao Mamede, Portugal

Beginning and ending at the Largo das Almas (the Square of the Souls) in the village of Portagem. This walk passes the roman bridge where travellers in medieval times were charged a toll to cross the river (portagem means toll in Portuguese). Continue along past small farms with olive, cherry and chestnut trees. Pass through wooded areas of cork oak and chestnut and slowly follow the steep medieval cobbled track to Marvao .

On a clear day you can see across the rocky wild granite landscape towards the mountains of Serra da Estrela. Choose to either extend the walk and explore Marvao or leave this delight for another day and descend towards Portagem on steep cobbled lanes.

Ascending to Marvao, a colourful pastoral scene looking east Ascending to Marvao on the medieval road lined with cork oak Ascending to Marvao, a colourful pastoral scene looking east

You can find the Parque walking map leaflets in PDF format from the Walking in Alentejo page our Love-Alentejo website.