Mértola attractions

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 variety of flora and fauna are sev…
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…
Gardens in Mértola

Convento de São Francisco

This 400-year-old former convent, across the Ribeira de Oeiras, 500m southwest of Largo Vasco da Gama, has been owned since 1980 by Dutch artist Geraldine Zwanikken and her family. In a true labour of love, they hav…
Castle in Mértola

Castelo

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, which itself overlaid the Roman …
Archaeological Site in Mértola

Alcáçova

This recently opened site contains the ruins of what was once a thriving Islamic neighbourhood. Some 20 dwellings were here, each with a classic Mediterranean layout – a main entry patio, kitchen, storage area, slee…
Historic Site in Mértola

Casa Islâmica

Next to the alcáçova (citadel), this interpretation centre is an accurately sized replica of an Islamic residence dating from the 12th century. Key features include an open central patio with a rainwater collection …
Ruins in Mértola

Museu Paleocristão

This museum, north of the old town, features a partly reconstructed line of 6th-century Roman columns and poignant funerary stones, some of which are beautifully carved with birds, hearts and wreaths. It was the sit…
Ruins in Mértola

Casa Romana

The enchanting Casa Romana is located in the cellar of the câmara municipal (town hall). The clever display allows visitors to walk ‘through’ the foundations of the Roman house upon which the building rests and brin…
Museum in Mértola

Cine Teatro da Mina de São Domingos

In São Domingos, on the main road leading into town, this place provides a suitable introduction to life during the peak of the mining industry days. Although all signage (and film footage) is in Portuguese, the pho…
Plaza in Mértola

Largo Luís de Camões

This is the administrative heart of the old town, a picturesque square lined with orange trees, with the câmara municipal (town hall) at its western end. To reach the largo (small square), enter the old town and kee…