Museum in Serpa

Museu Etnográfico

No traditional rural trade is overlooked in this exquisite exploration of Alentejan life. Occupying the former town market (in use from 1887 to 1986), the museum beautifully presents restored items donated by...

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...

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...

Religious in Serpa

Festas de Senhora de Guadalupe

Celebrations of Serpa’s patron saint take place over Easter from Good Friday to the following Tuesday – there is a pilgrimage to bring the saint’s image down to the parish church, and on the last day a procession...

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...

Portuguese in Serpa

Molhó Bico

With its wagon-wheel lights, huge wine urns and friendly ambience, this enticing place pulls a crowd. Eating here is a pure, traditional gastronomic experience – the kitchen odours will hit you as soon as you...

Cafe in Serpa

Serpa Lovers

A friendly cafe, gallery and shop, where you can browse for regional goodies, or recharge over coffee, Moroccan mint tea and sweets (or salads and cheese platters). The friendly owner speaks English and French,...

Portuguese in Serpa

Restaurante O Alentejano

This handsome place, above a cafe of the same name, in a former mansion, serves delicious traditional cuisine. Go for the daily specials – anything from braised hare in red wine to oven-baked lamb.

Theatre in Serpa

Noites na Nora

This festival features nightly local theatre and music shows on a terrace tucked behind the aqueduct. It usually runs for two weeks in July, but check with the tourist office as dates can change.

Food in Serpa

Casa de Artesenato

Among the craft shops around town, this is one of the best, with painted ceramics, wooden cutting boards, oils, honey, herbs and handicrafts.

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...

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.

Food in Serpa

Dom Luis

Facing the main plaza, this tiny delicatessen sells queijadas (crisp pastry shells filled with marzipan-like mixture), olive oils, cheeses and other edible items.