On our second day in Portugal, we have rented a car (yes, you can find Enterprise and Hertz in Portugal as well!)  and drove 3 hours away from Lisboa, Portugal to the medieval town of Monsanto. Surprisingly enough, this place is not that well known even by the Portuguese people despite the fact that this is a very old settlement that was conquered back from the Moors in the 12th century and granted to the Order of the Knights Templars who also built a castle near it. The castle itself was damaged due to an explosion of ammunition stored in one of its depot in the 19th century but its ruins tell stories of its former glory.

Words can’t describe the beauty of this place where nature and landfills fused in a total harmony. Let’s just say that you can literally feel the history and smell magic here. 

Below are pictures from the little house we rented grace to the global reach of The little hobbit house was equipped with all the luxuries of the modern life including a very good Wi-Fi. The little boulder house also came with  a complimentary breakfast comprising of freshly squeezed orange juice, coffee strong enough to wake up the Gods of Olympus, a fresh selection of local hams and cheeses along with freshly baked breads and pastries.

These are some pictures taken inside the village. The last one shows the beginning of the ruins of the castle. We took the wrong path and ended up literally hiking our way to the castle. 

The castle itself was impressive and reminiscent of one of the Lord of Rings scenes. It had a certain calmness about it although its construction commanded respect. 

It stood up high, mysterious and offered a wide view of the village and its surroundings. You couldn’t be there and not feel small in front of such amazingness.

As far as fashion was concerned, I must say I was completely unprepared for the experience. We came to see the medieval village and the castle was not mentioned when we did our research, so, we were completely unaware of its existence. That said, I had to improvise some hiking gear and the best I could come up with was shorts paired with a top and a sweatshirt  + my gladiatorsandals. So, the Lara Croft look was completely unplanned but did the job beautifully … as far as hiking is concerned :-). I’ll let you judge the fashion. 

Thank you so much for reading.

Stay tuned for my next post where I’ll share with you another castle story from Sintra, Portugal.




OUTFIT DETAILS:  Ivy Revel sweatshirt// H&M shorts // Steve Madden gladiator sandals (old, see similar options below)