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Address: Eastern Alentejo, Portugal
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Pretty little town

Not much to do here but it is lovely to visit. The town is beautiful but can be finished within an hour. Try to avoid on a hot day as it is very hot.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 September 2016
KwinAun
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Bangkok, Thailand

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Bangkok, Thailand
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496 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

Not much to do here but it is lovely to visit. The town is beautiful but can be finished within an hour. Try to avoid on a hot day as it is very hot.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

We literally only passed by here during an afternoon visit, but the aqueduct, castle and quaint little roads were a real treat, a nice visual treasure to add to our journey. Within a couple of hours we saw the church of Saint Mary of Alcaçova, the castle and main cathedral and got a great feel for the superbly planted alleyways... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

With Fort of Graça and Fort of Santa Luzia on each side, Elvas is a strategic town in ancient time. The heavy fortification of its town could attract more tourists to the area. Unfortunately, this beautiful place is just sitting quietly at the Spanish- Portuguese border. If you are interesting in military strategy, climb to the Castelo and have a... More 

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Champaign, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2015

This little walled village is definitely worth a stop during a road trip. The town is very sweet, as are the people in it. I have never seen a village inside a fortress before. I was there on a Sunday when most of it was closed, so it is likely better during the week or on a Saturday. There is... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2015

Drove from Madrid to Portugal and diverted to Elvas. Parking smack in the middle under the town square! What an amazing town! magnificently restored and yet in keeping with the history of the place....from ancient Rooms to the Templars defeating the Moors and Christian fighting for many centuries...all laid out in the many stages of the embankments and walls with... More 

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Gibraltar
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2015

I find that Portugal has a tremendous amount of sights on offer which are not generally advertised. We had a day trip today to visit this's wonderful Fortress Town. We visited the castle in the old quarter, which is well preserved and offers fabulous all round views of the surrounding area ( free entry today) , The fortress of Santa... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2015

Just 12km from the Spanish border lies Elvas. A XVII century star-shaped town with fortifications, gates, walls, moats and bastions. Forts, Santa Luzia and Graca complete the towns fortifications of dry-ditch defense system. Elvas is an outstanding garrison developed in response to the aggression from major military powers of France & Britain. Outside the city walls, towering over 100ft with... More 

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Lyon, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2015

A very interesting fortiified town on the border with Spain. A very old English Pennisular War Cemetery which is worth visiting for the view out over walls towards Spain. Some very beautiful churchs and the aquaduct are worth looking at.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2014

Beautiful military walls. A beautiful and simple militar museum. Beautiful catedral. Very good small shops, fantastic indeed ....some of them Great

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Israel
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449 reviews
296 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013

Beautiful aqueduct with 4 stories high in the entrance to this city welcomes the traveler. After that go and explore the unique fortification with the zig-zag shape all around the old city. These 2 sites gave Elvas the title of World Heritage site of UNESCO.

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