Serpa attractions

Museum in Serpa

Museu Etnográfico

No traditional rural trade is left unturned in the exquisite exploration of Alentejan life found at Serpa’s Museu Etnográfico. Occupying the former town market (in use from 1887 to 1986), the museum beautifully pres…
Castle in Serpa


Dating from the 14th century, this imposing castle affords long views from the battlements: flat plains, the aqueduct, town walls, rooftops and orange trees, and the slow life of Serpa residents. Inside the walls, t…
Museum in Serpa

Museu do Relógio

The Watch Museum houses an amazing collection of watches and clocks (shared with its sister museum in Évora), dating from a 1630 Edward East clock to the museum’s own present-day wristwatch model. Napoleonic gilded …
Cultural Centre in Serpa

Casa do Cante

Tucked down a narrow lane off Praça da República, this small cultural space is dedicated to the rich folksinging traditions that grew up in the countryside around Serpa. Enquire here about upcoming concerts. You can…
Landmark in Serpa


The impressive remains of an 11th-century aqueduct run along the western side of the town walls (follow Rua dos Arcos).
Notable Building in Serpa


Cheese lovers should make a pilgrimage to this small factory in the town centre, where if you’re lucky you might see the cheese producers in action. Call ahead to schedule a tour. You can also purchase the famed Ser…
Landmark in Serpa

Wheel Pump

At the southern end of the aqueduct is a huge 17th-century wheel pump (aka noria), once used for pumping water to the nearby Palácio dos Condes de Ficalho.
Palace in Serpa

Palácio dos Condes de Ficalho

Just inside the old walls in the upper part of town, this ageing mansion dates from the 16th century, and remains in sore need of restoration.