All Along the Watchtower

Castle of Monsaraz

Castle of Monsaraz

March 8th, 2021

Yesterday we arrived in Monsaraz to the charming front view of a little house in the village. Today’s view is also of Monsaraz but with many more years of age. The watchtower of the town’s castle dates back to the 1600s.

The name Monsaraz comes from Monte (mount or hill) and Xarez (an Iberian word for Gum Rockrose, a flowering plant of the area). This is a village of visual contrasts — old and new, stone and stucco, high on a hill with a view of the Alqueva reservoir below, which flows to the Guadiana River and on to Tavira.

Clay deposits in the area have supported the region’s pottery for centuries, making it the largest potter center in Portugal. Reguengos blankets also are a heritage product made locally by hand.

Tomorrow we’ll take a walk around.

See you then,

Post of the Day: Adding a bit of light to the darkness as we get through the pandemic together. This series features travel photos from my archives, shared with you while staying close to home.


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