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Portuguese in Serpa

Pedra de Sal

This smart place is a win-win food-lover’s scenario. The owner-chef conjures up Alentejan specialities using quality produce, including her own home-grown greens. Enter through the plant-rimmed courtyard into a soar…
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 …
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 ta…
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 enter …
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…
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…
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.
Portuguese in Serpa

Restaurante O Alentejano

This handsome place, above a cafe of the same name, in a former mansion, serves local cuisine. Go for the daily specials – anything from braised hare in red wine to pigs’ trotters.