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Monsanto - The Most Portuguese Village is located in Central Portugal, near Spanish border. It's famous for its gigantic rocks, entering peoples' houses. Visit Portugal | Travel to Portugal | Portugal off the beaten path | Portuguese villages | Most beautiful village in Portugal | Central PortugalIf there was an ultimate list of unique villages on Earth, Monsanto has to make it to the top 10. It’s a place where gigantic rock balls enter people’s houses. Or probably, the other way around – people built their houses around the rocks. The scenery is jaw-dropping.

Monsanto is tucked away in the Central region of Portugal, near the Spanish border. Here Winters are cold and Summers are hot. Food and wine are heavy, landscapes are rugged and lonely. An authentic village experience to add to your Portugal Itinerary.

Monsanto is ancient, human presence dates back to paleolithic times. Barbers, Visigoths and Arabs have passed there and left their legacy. D. Afonso Henriques I, the first King of Portugal, conquered Monsanto from the Moors in 1165. There were various conquering attack after, including from the Moors and the Spanish, who wanted it for themselves, but the Portuguese never gave it up. Thus in 1938, Monsanto was proclaimed “The Most Portuguese Village”.

I’ve chosen some of my best photos to inspire you to visit this village, which normally stays off the radar of most travelers.

Monsanto - The Most Portuguese Village is located in Central Portugal, near Spanish border. It's famous for its gigantic rocks, entering peoples' houses.

Monsanto - The Most Portuguese Village is located in Central Portugal, near Spanish border. It's famous for its gigantic rocks, entering peoples' houses.

Monsanto - The Most Portuguese Village is located in Central Portugal, near Spanish border. It's famous for its gigantic rocks, entering peoples' houses.

A cute Bed & Breakfast in Monsanto

Monsanto - The Most Portuguese Village is located in Central Portugal, near Spanish border. It's famous for its gigantic rocks, entering peoples' houses.

We took the route to the Castle

Monsanto - The Most Portuguese Village is located in Central Portugal, near Spanish border. It's famous for its gigantic rocks, entering peoples' houses.

Monsanto - The Most Portuguese Village is located in Central Portugal, near Spanish border. It's famous for its gigantic rocks, entering peoples' houses.

Monsanto - The Most Portuguese Village is located in Central Portugal, near Spanish border. It's famous for its gigantic rocks, entering peoples' houses.

The Castle route is more challenging but offers amazing views of the plains around.

Monsanto - The Most Portuguese Village is located in Central Portugal, near Spanish border. It's famous for its gigantic rocks, entering peoples' houses.

Loads of stones, where did they come from?

Monsanto - The Most Portuguese Village is located in Central Portugal, near Spanish border. It's famous for its gigantic rocks, entering peoples' houses.

The Castle

Monsanto - The Most Portuguese Village is located in Central Portugal, near Spanish border. It's famous for its gigantic rocks, entering peoples' houses.

This rock looks like an elephant head.

Monsanto - The Most Portuguese Village is located in Central Portugal, near Spanish border. It's famous for its gigantic rocks, entering peoples' houses.

Monsanto - The Most Portuguese Village is located in Central Portugal, near Spanish border. It's famous for its gigantic rocks, entering peoples' houses.

Monsanto - The Most Portuguese Village is located in Central Portugal, near Spanish border. It's famous for its gigantic rocks, entering peoples' houses.

Monsanto - The Most Portuguese Village is located in Central Portugal, near Spanish border. It's famous for its gigantic rocks, entering peoples' houses.

The cutest house in the village.

Monsanto - The Most Portuguese Village is located in Central Portugal, near Spanish border. It's famous for its gigantic rocks, entering peoples' houses.

View to the church after sunset

I really hope that you feel inspired to visit this amazing village in Central Portugal. If so, to cut through the overwhelm, let me help you plan your next trip to Portugal.

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