Information about living and experiencing Cork Shack Marvão in Alentejo, Portugal
A few minutes away stands the peaceful town of Marvão on the highest crest of the Serra de São Mamede. A picturesque walled town of white houses, narrow cobbled streets, Gothic arches, Manueline windows and the magnificent castle with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, home to the famous International Marvão Music Festival Nearby are the historic towns of Castelo de Vide, Portalegre, Évora (Unesco World Heritage) and Estremoz, places with fascinating culture and historic pasts. Just a few kilometres away is the border of Spain and within easy reach are the Unesco World Heritage towns of Caçeres and Mérida.
Twenty-five years ago we left London for Portugal and later on discovered the Alentejo with its warm welcoming people. We decided that Marvão was the ideal place to create our project for tourism and built the CorkShacks as a tribute to the region's heritage. Over 2000 years ago, in the region of Marvão, “choças” were the homes of the Iron Age people. You can still see some of these historic roundhouses with their granite walls and wooden rooftops covered in thatch. Some are now abandoned or in use as shelters for animals, while others have been restored. https://www.corkshackmarvao.com