Mértola

Located in the Planície Dourada tourist region, the municipality of Mértola is located southeast of Alentejo and is part of Beja's district. It borders to the north with the municipalities of Beja and Serpa, to the west with the municipalities of Castro Verde and Almodôvar, to the south with the municipality of Alcoutim and to the east with the Spanish provinces of Andalusia and Huelva. Its privileged location, determined by the condition of it being the most extreme point of navigability of the river Guadiana, was vital for the Mediterranean trade routes. The highest point of the county, at about 370 meters above sea level, is at serra de Alcaria Ruiva, which, in addition to a magnificent view, also provides the ideal conditions for the practice of paragliding. In the eighties, with the intensification of the archaeological activity, a vast heritage that conferred the title of "Village Museum" to Mértola was discovered. Buildings of great monumentality allow any visitor to identify the Roman presence in the village of Mirtilis, Roman designation of Mértola. The discovery of the copper mine in São Domingos in the late 19th century, brought a new dynamic to the municipality, including the considerable population increase. With the decline of mining the exodus of the population was witnessed, although there are still visible marks left by the presence of mines in the territory, particularly in buildings of this locality. The extensive cultural heritage along with the environmental, hunting, cultural and sportive wealth give a very own identity to this county. The Festival Islâmico de Mértola (Islamic Festival of Mértola), an event that celebrates all the historical heritage of the village and the strong Islamic influence, is organized every two years. The gastronomy of the region, which is Mediterranean-based and -flavored, offers suggestions that attract numerous visitors, in particular with regard to the seasonal delicacies, such as the lamprey. Cheese, sausages, bread and pastries, wines and honey are listed in the regional products.

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Alentejo Star Hotel
Alentejo Star Hotel

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