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Monsanto es una aldea de Portugal de la regin de Beira.

Perteneciente a las "Aldeias histricas de Portugal" fue considerado como el pueblo ms portugus, su encanto medieval lo hace irrepetible, perderse por su calles labernticas y subir a lo alto a contemplar la vista desde su castillo es una autntica experiencia.

Monsanto est enclavado en la vertiente de una pequea pero escarpada montaa, caracterizada por grandes moles de granito que muchas veces forman parte de las viviendas. En lo alto del monte asentado en moles granticas se encuentra el imponente castillo de Monsanto ahora ya en estado de ruina, pero que aun conserva bien su muralla, patio de armas y torreones.

Existen varias rutas para visitar Monsanto, todas exigen al visitante estar bien acostumbrado a caminar, ya que la localidad est situada en la ladera de una montaa y al empezar la visita todas las calles son empinadas.
La ruta ms interesante es la denominada "Ruta dos penedos juntos" esta ruta parte de la entrada del pueblo y llega hasta la capilla romanica de San Miguel donde se pueden admirar las antiquisimas sepulturas excavadas en la roca grantica.
El atractivo de esta ruta es el paisaje, las vistas que ofrece de la comarca, y poder contemplar las moles de granito caractercticas de Monsanto, teniendo que pasar por debajo de alguna de ellas; una vez llegado al castillo y despus de contemplar las impresionantes vistas, puede descender por la antigua calzada de piedra, recorriendo las calles serpenteantes, parndose a contemplar los antiguos chozos de piedra y tejado de tierra.
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Monsanto is a village of Portugal of the region of Beira.

Belonging " Aldeias histricas of Portugal " was considered to be the most Portuguese people, his medieval delight makes it unrepeatable, labyrinthine streets get lost for his and to rise to the high thing to contemplate the sight from his castle is an authentic experience.

Monsanto is nailed in the slope of a small but steep mountain, characterized by big masses of granite that often are a part of the housings. On top of the mount placed in granitic masses one finds the imposing castle of Monsanto now already in state of ruin, but that there even preserves well his wall, court of weapon and turrets.
Several routes exist to visit Monsanto, they all demand the visitor to be used well to walking, since the locality is placed in the hillside of a mountain and on having begun the visit all the streets are steep.
The most interesting route is the so called " Route two penedos together " this route departs from the entry of the people and comes up to the Romanesque chapel of San Miguel where there can be admired the most ancient graves excavated in the granitic rock.
The attraction of this route is the scenery, the sights that it offers of the region, and to be able to contemplate the masses of granite caractercticas of Monsanto, having to happen below some of them; once come to the castle and after contemplating the impressive sights, it can descend for the ancient roadway of stone, covering the streets serpenteantes, stopping to contemplate the ancient chozos of stone and roof of ground.

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