Known for its thermal waters, Monte Real is a charming village filled with both nature and heritage.
A tour around the village includes a mandatory stop at the royal palace ruins, which was originally built following orders by Queen Elizabeth and provides a magnificent view over the Lis Valley.
A pillory dating back to 1573 is located in the old part of the village next to the town hall, which was burned during the French invasions and even served as a jail.
Another point of interest in the village is the small spring known as the Holy Queen’s Fountain, where the Holy Queen stopped to drink several times. According to tradition, it is said to be miraculous, sought after by mothers unable to produce milk to breastfeed their children.
However, its thermal waters are the main attraction of the village, and therefore highly important to the local economy.
Explore the village by following the route PR2 Rota das Termas d’El Rei.
> GPS: 39º55’42.38″N | 8º53’56.681″W
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