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The mountaintop village of Monsaraz

Monsaraz, 7200, Portugal
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Monsaraz - just "go and dream" Monsaraz  Portugal

Monsaraz - just "go and dream"

On the eastern edge of Portugal in the Alentejo region sits the mountaintop village of Monsaraz. The village is cute and whitewash-pristine with a handful of shops, restaurants and a small medieval castle, but the main attraction are the views. They are staggering. With 360° views you'll see sprawling fields across Portugal and scattered lakes over the Spanish border.

We were visiting a winery in the area and the proprietor at our hotel suggested we make a side-trip to Monsaraz. We snickered a little when he told us to just "go and dream." After visiting, I knew exactly what he meant. I could have spent an eternity, lost in these views.