Valencia de Alcantara

Valencia de Alcantara

The closest to the campsite Spanish municipality in the province of Caceres, Extremadura region, is Valencia de Alcántara.

Around this little town in the Sierra de San Pedro, “in municipalities” as Alcorneo, El Pino and Las Huertas de Cansa.

This small village in the Parque Natural del Tajo Internacional, in which the Camping Beira-Marvao Alentejo has its place, with approx 6000 inhabitants has an interesting history. In the province of Cáceres, this municipality that size relates to the 11th, it is the largest village in the “Comarca” Alcántara and the town itself is only8 km from the border with Marvao.

Portugal and hence Marvao where the campsite is located, is bordering the Spanish province of Cáceres. But right on the south side this area you can visit the Spanish town of San Vicente de Alcántara, which place all located in the province of Badajoz.

Badajoz you an visit, passing the unique situated small town Alburquerque, you travel by beautiful roads, for about an hour, you will experience the breathless calmness of the nature of Extremadura.

Due to its proximity to the Portuguese border Valencia de Alcantara has a piece of special history in relation to Marvao. Between 1644 and 1668 Valencia de Alcantara did belong to the Kingdom of Portugal.

The most important monuments, among others the beautiful castle and it is now central to the town situated ancient monastery were built between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

The church Rocamador has a very rich history, that begins in 1235 and it can be visited and the Gothic Jewish Quarter is also the synagogue. It was built in the 14th and 15th centuries to serve the Jewish community had in this community a clear role until 1492. It is built quadrangular, to the examples of Sefardic synagogues, with four central columns which, in turn, forms a ring for the placement of the bimah, which was read to the increase of the torah.

The small “Ermita” Virgen de los Remedios shows over the town and dates back to 1682. A little further is the Gothic Ermita see Valbon.

The Virgin de Valbon was in 1618 the patron saint of Valencia de Alcantara and in 1678 over the region Alcántara. The walls of this home of the Virgin, which yoy can reach by foot, still showing the remains of the paintings of yesteryear.

At the Plaza Gregorio Bravo, on which is also the tourist office, and a DIA-grocer and the every monday the fruit and vegetable market, is the impressive fountain, all of marble, donated in 1841 by the Marqués de Labrador.

Valencia de Alcántara also known for the large number of megalithic tombs called dolmens, which can be admired in the surrounding area.

There is an impressive conjunto mejalitico, the most important of Europe, it is composed of no less than 40 dolmens of granite.

Each year, the biggest event is the Romeria de San Isidro Labrador, accompanied by an impressive ribbon culture that passes through the town. A fantastic procession, on foot, on horseback, with tractors and trailers, in traditional costumes and music, with all Spanish traditions. It is the only festive “fine ride” which is held entirely within the municipal boundaries in Spain.

San Bartolome is another publicly festival, this takes place in August.

In the month of May there is la Cruz de Mayo, or Los Mayos, on the first saturday of May, to celebrate the entrance of that already pleasant month of the year.

In October is celebrated, the wedding from October 7, of 1497, the Boda Regia. That is the marriage between the daughter of the Spanish Catholics, the Spanish Crown Princess Isabel and the Portuguese King Manuel I, also known as the lucky one.

Until the site is to perceive this piece of history, in Beira, near the campsite, is a “hangout” of this love couple, a huge rock where they could stay cool, enjoying nature and the silence.

Many of the guests of the campsite like to visit the cozy Spanish lively market, which is held every Monday until 13:00 (Spanish time), there is a huge choice of fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and other fresh products.

A visit to Valencia de Alcantara can also be associated with visiting the many existing shops, more then 8 butchers and supermarkets, as a guest of the campsite you can take a map from our reception with some usefull adresses.

For the guests who are interested in history. In Valencia de Alcantara you can find the Puertas de las Huertas. After the constant wars with Portugal the medieval walls of the city were almost gone, the population had to decide to build a new defence. By Royal Decree of February 26, 1765 it was decided to establish a new walled fortress. The elder admission is still perfectly preserved.

The Casa Consistorial, now the town hall was built during the reign of Philip the Second in the 16th century. In this square every Monday the non-food market takes place, it is also a good starting point for your individual walk through the unique streets of Valencia de Alcantara.

Drive a little beyond this place, you will soon reach Alcántara, a very small town with several terraces. This is the path through which you reach the authentic Roman bridge over the Tagus river, intended as a link between Portugal and Spain. This bridge has a unique history in the “defense” of the country.

At the bridge you can see an original Roman temple and you will see how this connection is also built as a fortification. Here you will find yourself back in the times of the Romans.

Soon after this bridge you will arrive at a unique “cascate”, with a wonderful lake, surrounded by high cliffs and sloping sandy beach, from where you can swim, dive, enjoy nature and the silence.