Village of Monsanto The foothills of the Serra de Estrela, bare plateaus and vast plains give this district a natural charm. The vegetation is varied: a mixture of oaks, olive trees, eucalyptus wood and beautiful pine groves. The Castelo Branco area is hardly the best known part of Portugal and yet... It's a region with a rich historic past given its geographical location. It was in the front line during the Spanish and Moorish invasions and its roads are dotted with fortified towns and villages, such as Castelo Branco, Belmonte or Monsanto, which occupied strategic positions and now offer striking panoramas. If tranquility and nature are your keywords, this is truly the place to invest. For the property market around Castelo Branco offers lots of houses, farmhouses or villas for sale at very attractive prices.