Places to visit in Mertola

Top Things to Do in Mertola, Portugal

Places to Visit in Mertola


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Top Attractions in Mertola

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  • 70ava
    Beijing, China1,010 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This beautiful and special rock formation combined with a waterfall and a lake can be approached from the east or from the west. Both require about a 20 minute drive from the main highway on an asphalted raod and then 1.5 - 2 kms of good dirt road.From each direction you will get a different angle and experience.
    The eastern approach (starting from Montavlo on N265 next to restaurant Agostinho) will lead you to the car stop where an incredible new wooden stair construction (which is just before completion) allows you a long and interesting walk along the river north and south of the waterfall. You will be able to appreciate those amazing rock formations made of schist and other metamorphosed sediments. You can almost touch the lookout on the western side of the river.
    The western approach starts from Mertola. Just follow the signs. Do not be misled by all kinds of reviews saying it is a difficult drive. It is not. The last 1.5 kms are indeed on dirt road with a good slope - just drive carefully and it can easily be done. That is the better side to appreciate the waterfall. We enjoyed both sides.
    Definitely worth visiting if you are in Mertola.
    Written 26 July 2021
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  • FluffyFlamingo
    Germany43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spent a week there in April and it was a truly wonderful experience. It was our second visit to this region (we first travelled there last year and didn't have much time, so we wanted to come back and spend more time there). The landscape is very impressive, great for hiking. We saw many rare animals such as hoopoes, vultures and various eagles (there are lynx too, but they're shy and we didn't see any). Bring binoculars!
    Spring is a great time to visit as it gets very hot in the summer and temperatures in April are moderate. What is more, there are wild flowers everywhere in spring.
    There obviously is tourism in the Park, but it was not crowded at all during our time there.
    Mertola is a good base to explore the area, the town itself is quiet and very pretty.
    Written 17 April 2024
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  • Jean N
    Worcester, UK249 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Probably the castle most worth visiting in this area. It’s a steep walk up to the castle. We had a stop in the church on the way up (very interesting) and then made it to the castle. They have a good film to watch which the custodian will put on in either English or Portuguese. There is information and a museum upstairs but all in Portuguese. The views are superb.
    Written 28 August 2023
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  • Ana L
    Navan, Ireland2,683 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you have been in S. Domingos area, to visit the old mine, you should come here, as the visit goes on. Not much left, but is always interesting to see the harbour where the ore was loaded onto the boats. It is still possible to smell the sulphur!
    Written 17 July 2018
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  • Jean N
    Worcester, UK249 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A suitable stop on the climb to the castle but interesting in its own right as it was built as a mosque and still looks like one inside
    Written 28 August 2023
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  • dave s
    Bude, UK709 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not easy to find, but worth a quick look. They were doing some work inside while we were there, and it was great as one of the workers (one of the custodians, I assume) took time out to explain what we were looking at. Made a real difference and he seemed delighted to share his knowledge.
    Written 18 November 2021
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  • Paul i
    London, United Kingdom12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent place to visit. I was a little put off at first, but once you start looking around there is so much to see. And an amazing river and views from top of town. Great for walking.
    Written 18 June 2020
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  • dave s
    Bude, UK709 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tricky to find, being underneath the Town Hall and not well signposted. Well laid out and moderately interesting, and worth a look as are most of the sites in Mertola.
    Written 18 November 2021
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  • Simon A
    Brisbane, Australia14 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Museum encompasses several displays over about a square km of the old town. It is not easy to actually figure out in advance where everything is - but there is a tourist office and they can help with a map.
    Written 14 June 2017
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  • NomadicTraveller7
    Fuerteventura11,784 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is the archaeological dig of the substantial Islamic settlement or residence, which itself was built over Roman buildings. Though it does not look much, it is very interesting, and it is worth spending some time wandering around, reading the information boards. There are some a few mosaics, which have been uncovered. When we were in Mertola in late November the gate was open and we could wander in, however when we were back in early March (around the same time of day) the gate was locked and even the adjacent museum was closed. Perhaps, though, we were slightly earlier in March and it was closed for lunch.
    Written 3 March 2022
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  • thevagabondo
    Sydney, Australia99 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice viewpoint and a great photo opportunity. Spend a few minutes to enjoy the spot, then keep walking down into the town plaza. Lovely quiet town, why not spend a few days to chill out.
    Written 18 June 2019
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