Conquered from the Moors in 1167, the town was given to the Order of the Templars and, later, the Order of Christ (which replaced the former). Located on the border, in 1381 it was attacked by English archers and in 1385 by the King of Castille. Nowadays, with the passing of centuries, it is a quiet town. Walking in the peace and calm of the old village down the schist paved streets with their whitewashed houses is like taking a journey back in time. Situated on top of a hill, Monsaraz also offers a fantastic view of the surrounding landscape and the delightful waters of the Alqueva dam. A place you really should not miss when you visit the Alentejo.