Top things to do in Baixo Alentejo

Top Choice Museum in Beja

Museu Regional de Beja

Beja's must-see attraction is set in a 15th-century Franciscan convent and the backdrop to an unlikely romance between a nun and soldier that inspired Letters of a Portuguese Nun. A romantic setting, the convent is …
Top Choice Fusion in Mértola

Terra Utópica

The most atmospheric place for a meal in the old town, Terra Utópica has two small antique-filled dining rooms (one with a roaring fire on cold nights) and a terrace with magnificent views.
Top Choice Portuguese in Moura


Locals and visitors alike receive a warm welcome at this cosy traditional eatery on the western fringes of the old centre. Family recipes from the owner Fernanda Vermelhudo are beautifully prepared, and Vermelhudo p…
Nature Reserve in Mértola

Parque Natural do Vale do Guadiana

Created in 1995, this zone of hills, plains and deep valleys around Serpa and Mértola shelters the Rio Guadiana, one of Portugal’s largest and most important rivers. Among its rich flora and fauna are several rare o…
Vegetarian in Beja

Sabores do Campo

If you’re a vegetarian, or simply need a break from pork and codfish, this cheerful cafeteria-style eatery will come as a godsend. Fresh fruit (papaya, mango, strawberries), stuffed mushrooms, oven-baked enchiladas,…
Portuguese in Mértola

Café-Restaurante Alentejo

This attractive place in Moreanes, 10km from Mértola on the way to São Domingos, is almost a museum thanks to its antique exhibits (including the local clients themselves!). It serves great-value, hearty helpings of…
Portuguese in Beja

Pulo do Lobo

A short walk south of the historic centre, buzzing Pulo do Lobo is extremely popular with locals. They come from across the city for mouthwateringly fresh seafood and some of Beja's best porco preto (black-pork) dis…
Religious in Mértola

Festival Islâmico de Mértola

Mértola comes to life every two years in May (dates change but it’s on odd-numbered years) during the town’s Islamic Festival, when it is decorated to resemble a souk. Music, handicrafts and festivities continue for…
Church in Mértola

Igreja Matriz

Mértola’s striking parish church – square, flat-faced and topped with whimsical little conical decorations – is known because in a former incarnation it was a mosque, one of the few in the country to have survived t…
Castle in Mértola


Above the parish church looms Mértola’s fortified castle, most of which dates from the 13th century. It was built upon Moorish foundations next to an Islamic residence, the alcáçova (citadel), which itself overlaid …