Are you visiting Monsanto for the first time? Below is a list of “Insider Tips” for things to see and do in Monsanto – the most Portuguese Village of Portugal.
When I have a visitor from out of town the first place they want to see is The Castle, but I also take them to walk in the narrow streets of the village– for a more local, authentic experience.
If this is a romantic trip to central Portugal, I recommend a walk to the castle for kissing with a view.
Regional food from Viseu, Portugal
If you are looking for typical Viseu cuisine, I recommend – Octopus – Roasted Kid Goat – Lamb and Sheep Cheese.
The best place to go for coffee & a breakfast treat is Taberna Viriato.
Looking for cheap food in Monsanto? Go to Petiscos & Granitos Restaurant and order the asparagus with scrambled egg and ham.
The Petiscos & Granitos Restaurant is the spot for late night dining.
Seeing a lot of huge stones in this unique village? Monsanto is best known for its big and impressive stones. One of the most impressive examples is the huge boulder in Petiscos & Granitos Restaurant.
Monsanto offers great views of the local landscape and is the best place to watch or experience the Monsanto Traditional Festival in May (first weekend).
Outdoors in Monsanto, Portugal
In Monsanto outdoor enthusiasts will want to hike, bike, horseback ride and walk the cobble stone streets of the village.
Looking for a little exercise? Visitors to this village will want to walk, horseback ride or bike from Monsanto to the Historical Village of Idanha-a-Velha.
If you are a museum lover, the best museum in Monsanto area is Roman Epigrah’s Museum in Idanha-a-Velha.
Insider Tip: Check out Monsabores Produtos da Terra for regional art, handicrafts and local food products from central Portugal.
Just outside Monsanto you can visit Penha Garcia Village or Idanha-a-Velha Historical Village, have lunch at the Restaurant of Fonte Santa Hotel****
What are your favorite things to do in Monsanto?
Photos by Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown. I was a guest of VisitCentro, Portugal Tourism and SATA Airlines.