Castelo de Vide is a small town in the Alentejo’s Parque Natural da Serra de São Mamede, close to the border with Spain. While Marvão is a popular stop off on the Alentejo tourist trail, Castelo de Vide is often overlooked. Marvão, with its narrow cobbled streets and sporadic layout is quainter, yes, but Castelo de Vide has plenty to offer including beautiful architecture, stunning views of the surrounding mountainous countryside, and historical attractions including a castle. The two towns located just 12 km apart and they can both be easily visited in one day. In fact, visiting them both together highlights the differences between the two. The layout of Castelo de Vide, especially around the town square, is much more organised and, although it does attract tourists, the town feels a lot less touristy. It’s pleasant to walk around, and the verdant Parque João José da Luz offers a pleasant place to escape the sun when the weather gets too hot.
Where to StayThe following are just three suggestions of places to stay in Castelo de Vide.
- Pensão Destino – Located in a former but now renovated train station, Pensão Destino is a unique place to stay while you’re in Castelo de Vide.
- Hotel Castelo de Vide – Portuguese hotel offering panoramic views of the São Mamede mountains and an outdoor swimming pool that’s essential for cooling off in the Alentejo heat.
- Casa da Paleta – Guest house with swimming pool and rustic gardens.