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.
What to do in Mértola
Parque Natural do Vale do Guadiana
Created in 1995, the Guadiana Natural Park, that includes the parishes of Mértola and Serpa, is of great interest in terms of plants, animals, geology and landscapes. The medium part of the Guadiana valley, between Pulo do Lobo and the mouth of the Vascão brook, with its valleys and several tributaries, is beautiful above average. There are boars, little bustards, …
Pulo do Lobo
Surrounded by the parishes of Mértola and Serpa, this waterfall is quite beautiful. It is 13.5 metres high, in a rich geological area, where the river passes between two cliffs.
Castelo de Mértola
Castle of Romanesque and Gothic architecture, with quadrangular towers. The keep is on the hillside more phantasmic Shap. Medieval doors only if conserves of mercy, on the Guadiana river. The ancient Citadel, as well as important sections of the wall that surrounded the population, are still preserved. Archaeological work carried out in the Citadel of the Castle uncovered a Moorish …
Museu de Mértola - Núcleo de Arte Islâmica
A museum in the centre of Mértola, in an 18th century building, with objects of the arabic period, found in digs that have been taking place since 1978.
Praia Fluvial da Tapada Grande
A beach located by the São Domingos Mine, that belongs to the Natural Park of Guadiana.
Canais do Rio Guadiana
The channels were used, in the Guadiana, to capture fish. In the municipality of Mértola there are the latest traps of this type, which have fallen out of use, where deviate fish to places where it was easier to catch …
A picturesque small town, with traditional houses and an imortant heritage. Mértola has the Castle and the Mother Church, both classed as National Monuments, and the paleo-Christian Basilique.
Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Entre Ambas-as-Águas / Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Assunção / Igreja Paroquial de Mértola
This former mosque it was adapted to a Christian church on the 13th century with a manueline – mudejar façade where it stands out the crenels and the spires. It is the only one that stills conserves the volumetric and …
Alcáçova do Castelo de Mértola
In the northern slope of the Castle, the possible forum of the Roman city creates an artificial platform, support the imposing monumental Myrtilis City set. All this platform, flush with the wall, relied on a solid underground Gallery with about …
Ponte de Mértola sobre o Guadiana/Ponte Branca
There are fragments and traces from a fortified pier that used to work more as a protection than as a way to pass to the other bank once it does not have any traces in the other bank.
Torre do Relógio de Mértola
It is likely that the clock tower was erected in the late 16th century or early 17th century, in the context of the reorganization of the urban area of the Town Hall square. This building was erected in the vicinity …
Where to eat in Mértola
Contemporary, Portuguese, Vegetarian
O restaurante Tamuje, localizado em Mértola, aposta nos pratos típicos da região. As sopas de tomat…
About 10 km away from Mértola, on the EN-265 (a National Road), on the way to Serpa, in the centre …
In the small town of Mértola, by the Guadiana river, this cozy restaurant serves dishes of the Alen…
Italian, Portuguese, Regional
O restaurante A Paragem fica na pequena localidade de Corvos, em Mértola. Além das famosas pizas ca…
O restaurante Alengarve, localizada em Mértola, é um espaço simples, com um ambiente descomprometid…
The national flavours, quite well prepared in a pleasant traditional space.
Where to sleep in Mértola
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