In north-east Portugal situated campsite Beira-Marvao Alentejo near the border with Spain is also a good base for a longer vacation in Portugal.
With the most beautiful nature walks and cycling trips from your campsite, such as tours parallel to the border running along the river Rio Sever, an archaeologist interesting research area.
But a few km further you are at the Tagus and its nature that this famous river as it were embraces.
The wider area of the campground is suitable for both the cyclist quiet about beautiful less inclined roads, as well as the sporty mountain biker with really steep climb pieces. Of course we can advise you.
For trips with your car or motor you can use the campsite as your perfect base for your nice daytrips.
From the perspective of architectural heritage, the old center of the capital of the district, Portalegre, the worth of your visit. Closer to the campsite is the pleasant town of Castelo de Vide.
And you can take all the fun day trips to Elvas, Badajoz in Spain, Nisa, the town which is known for the genuine Portuguese cheese from our region.
The place Flor da Rosa, Crato and Alter do Chao, with inside the municipal well-known World Heritage of UNESCO, known for the equestrian, with several equestrian events and horse shows per year, can be recommended as a day trip.
The National Stud Coudelaria Alter do Chao can be visited, these are the royal stables of the pure Lusitano horse breed. The distance from the campsite is about 45 km. Tuesday / Sunday there are guided tours at 11 and 15 o’clock.
The house and garden of Alamo with museum Alter do Chao can be visited.
Many other tourist villages and towns in Alentejo are really worth to take a break from the campsite. Also about this place we have at the reception a wide range of tourist information for you.
Another fun city trip, we have the easy route plotted for you, that is to the cozy town of Valencia de Alcántara in the Spanish Extremadura. This village is located at only 8 km across the Spanish border from the campsite Beira-Marvao Alentejo.
At the border between Portugal and Spain, at the Spanish side, you can fill up and if you are in the right hours, in the morning or in the evening, on the border with Spain enjoying the overhead vultures and huge eagles.
Within this gas station is a supermarket with Spanish delicacies for lovers the typical Spanish cold cuts, and also an extensive range of sugar-free products for diabetics is available here.
Also the 8 km distant town of Valencia de Alcantara we have available a simple map showing a number of interesting and useful addresses.
Including the small but fun supermarkets Día, the built-up grocery with the name Lisboa and small Tandy , on the 1st square, Plaza Espana, with a dolmen in the middle. Besides Tandy you find a nice Pasteleria for a nice cup of coffee with Spanish pastries.
It is also worthwhile to visit the lively market on Monday morning. It consists of two parts, one square with everything around non-food, so from textiles to pots and pans and the other with what is possible in terms of food, flowers, plants, meat, fruit to cheese.
Feel free to visit the small tourist office, this can be found in the former convent, right on the other side of the square with the market. They help you with even more information and the cozy square with cafes where you once again of a Spanish desayuno (approximately between 10 and 12 hours), a real typical way to enjoy a breakfast.
We’d recommend Hotel Ibérica to, which is on the 2. square you – seen from the direction campsite – right after the traffic lights. Try in the morning a “media catalán con jamón” as a breakfast (untill arround 11 o’clock). Commencing autumn to spring you can enjoy the Mijas typical Extremadura.
Behind this cute little square you will also find again the lively shopping streets, with several banks, bars and restaurants, behind almost every door you again see a nice shop
When you’re the Camping Beira-Marvao Alentejo, you will see on the notice board at the reception where any party is held in the vicinity of the campsite.
Slightly above Valencia de Alcántara you find the river Tagus (Tejo), to be with passenger beautiful tourist cruises. These are three pieces from the river as possibility, we can inform you further about this.
For the really experienced hikers, it is also doing very well on foot to the Spanish town, it is natural to walk quite a bit, but it’s pretty authentic routes. As the original smugglers paths of Portugal and Spain. There used to be smuggled a lot of coffee and walking trails are maintained to date position.
In the town of San Vicente de Alcantara, in the direction of Badajoz, the cork museum can be visited. It can be found on Avenida Juan Carlos I, number 33 and is open, except Mondays, from 10-14 pm and Tuesday / Friday from 16-20 hours.
In the Ermita Santa Ana in Calle La Puertita you can see beautiful frescoes.
Day trip to Elvas is nice to experience. To create other fun outings is the campsite an excellent base, so the tent or caravan can remain comfortable, you can drive in an hour to visit the unique fortress town, with the nice cozy center of Elvas. You can catch out the town with its impressive defenses and also visit the historic military fort museum.
The entire municipality Elvas has about 20,000 inhabitants, the town itself has on the outside a 5.5 km long Aqueduct Amoreora some commissioned built by King Manuel the Ist.
It is a nice little town, with a Jesuit school from the year 1692, and also known for its castle from the 13th.
Right in the center of Elvas, where many nice shops can bee visited, there stands the famous medieval prison tower. (besides The Millennium Bank).
Elvas is since 2012 part of the Unesco World Heritage and has more than 20 churches and monasteries. From Romanesque, Gothic to Rococo style, and the splendid Baroque architecture can be found in Elvas to.
Here you will also find other monuments, such as a monastery, part of the Fernandien wall, the headquarters of the Casarãl, the water fountain of São José and a large part of the 17th century wall. Inside the ramparts, you can see the heritage of Elvas.
In the center you will find the Praça de República. On the main square, the Cathedral Sé de Elvas. Do not forget to visit the Igreja de Piedade.
Higher above Elvas you will find one of the best earlier defenses in the world. You can visit the Fortress de Nossa Senhora da Graça, you can marvel about the building arts of the these defenses of the past.
It is from the campsite just 70 minutes to the old settlement Evoramonte. A small village of 700 inhabitants, but where you can visit the castle rebuilt in 1531.
Évora – which is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site – is also located just 1.5 hours from the campsite.
Évora is a city with many monuments and museums. Just to mention: The Évora Museum, the Cathedral, the Museum of Sacred Art, the Watch Museum, the Bonus Chapel in S. Francisco Church, the Palace of D. Manuel, the Drawings and Design Museum, the S. Bras Church, the church Misericórdia the Church of Salvador, the Roman baths, the weights and level museum and Remedios Convent with information. These objects are sufficiently close together to see them in one day.
The acclaimed on the plateau situated town of Vila Viçosa, famous for works the splendor of marble, is approximately 80 kilometers from the campsite. Here it is definitely worthwhile to visit the so-called “Duke palace”, the Palaco Ducal. Both the splendor of the interior as the gateway alone are worth it to have seen.
It’s a good hour to the at the Serra de Ossa located Estremoz, where the authentic center is worth a visit. Here the famous decorated pottery figures in this area are offered.
The marble tower Torre das Três Coroas of 27 meters is definitely worth a visit. The town is the center of several marble quarries in the surrounding area.
Near the town of Borba is located, famous for the “stone cutters” who make the beautiful marble work. You will be amazed about – compared with the UK – low prices for a complete surround marble fireplace. You can buy a complete authentic conversion for a few hundred euros. Now the transport to the UK, we can try to assist you with organizing the Portugese part of a transport.
125 km – it is so quiet driving two hours to Monsaraz – a small but muce car-free village, to walk there and enjoy the buildings and the view across the border with Spain. In this place in the summer various cultural events with music take place, with dance, theater and art exhibitions.
Every last Sunday of the month there is the “Feira de Velharias. Velharia represents antiques / grandmothers time.
Recommended is a visit to the archaeological site of Cromeleque do Xeres. A rectangular arrangement as megalithic monument. consisting of circles of 40 menhirs stones of granite. With in the center a monolithic monument with a phallic shape.
It is considered as evidence of human life in Alentejo in the period from 3000 to 4000 BC, just outside Monsaraz at the Convento da Orada.
In the Spanish city of Badajoz, the bustling capital in the original Spain, right on the border to Elvas it is only about 90 kilometers from the campsite Beira Marvao. This town can be reached by Valencia de Alcantara – San Vicente de Alcantara – and uniquely situated Alburquerque.
You can do that – real nice to do – also by passing Campo Maior, through the well-kept Nacional (ie the so-called “provincial road”) towards Elvas, please shortly before this town a short free motorway to Spain. 700 meters from the border, you have the exit to the newest mall El Faro.
In the center of this lively Spanish provincial capital of Extremadura (Cáceres is the other) you come across a beautiful two-lane road and parking can be properly and safely under the established center Corte Ingles, a large department store.
From here you can walk into the old center of the city, where you meet the real Spanish atmosphere of air, sounds, and what will live in the vibrant Spanish life. To drink here and eat there is more than enough to choose the nice shops in the cozy streets of the historical city center.
Another direction from the campsite to the medieval town of Castelo Branco with an origin from the year 1182, first you drive through Beira, then by nice roads to Povoa e Meada, then direction Nisa. Here you continue on the Nacional – N18 – a really nice road to drive, and you experience one hunk of nature around you during the 70 kilometers towards a lively town with 30,000 inhabitants.
More in the center of C. Branco you can find the colchas in some stores, which are the typical embroidered bedspreads of cotton.
Through the center of the city there, the area was used as a property acquired by the Templars, see you in the pavement back the patterns of embroidery. At the place where now stands the Episcopal Palace, was formerly the White Castle, which no longer exists.