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The Old Garrison Town of Elvas, Portugal


May 2014

Elvas is an ancient town located 220km east of Lisbon, just 10km away from the Spanish border. Its importance as a heavily fortified garrison town, guarding the vital Lisbon-Madrid road in the 17th-19th century, earned it the coveted UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012.

We rented a car in Lisbon and travelled along the main expressway towards the Spanish border, which is also the direct way to Madrid. Elvas dates back to the 10th century but it was not until Portugal’s (regained) independence (from Spain) in 1640, that the town was heavily fortified to guard its frontier with Spain, and the main road between Lisbon and Madrid.

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