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Marvelling at Monsanto, a very special village in central Portugal

Marvelling at Monsanto, a very special village in central Portugal The Portuguese countryside is speckled with villages but only Monsanto holds the title of “Most Portuguese Village in Portugal”. Although I’m sure the people of Monsanto are proud of this accolade, I don’t really understand why their village won it. Far from being typically Portuguese, it’s one of the most extraordinary places I’ve ever visited... ...The wow factor starts on the road leading to the village where two gigantic granite boulders lean against each other, dwarfing a small stone bench. As you continue uphill, it becomes clear that the entire village has been built around boulders of varying sizes. They form part of the walls, floors and in some cases the roofs of the medieval stone cottages.

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