The oldest human communities, during the Paleolithic era, sought permanent water courses, so this municipality and the banks of the Sever River were the chosen scenario.

Highlight for the gastronomic fortnights, held annually and dedicated to “food of olive oil”, chestnut, cod, game, kid and lamb. As typical confectionery of the county we have the apple boleimas, the finest or festive cakes, the sweet rice, the scalded ones, the rosquilhas and the honey buns, accompanied by the traditional liqueurs of walnut, chestnut and fig.

As far as handicrafts are concerned, the county has a very peculiar tradition, which is embroidered with chestnut shells, in addition to baskets, brown wood stairs and pastoral art works.

Every year, the village promotes the Islamic Festival “Al Mossassa” celebrated in parallel with the Spanish city of Badajoz in honor of the Islamic culture and its founder, the warrior Ibn Maruan.

“From Marvão the whole earth is seen.” It is understood that here the visitor ends by venting in delight: ‘How great is the world!’ “

In this case, the confidence is made by the poet José Saramago during a trip for the charms of Portugal.

If the wall once housed the whole population, today the white and picturesque houses are inhabited by genuine people in the art of receiving, in a historic village ideal to visit at any time of the year.


Marvão is a majestic walled town built under a steep mountain over 850 meters high, full of history, culture and delicious cuisine.