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    The Castle

    by solopes Updated Dec 18, 2013

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    Mertola - Portugal

    Coming from the 9th century, this Muslim castle was conquered by the Portuguese in 1238. The successive enlargements and reinforcements gave it a different look.

    Abandoned in the 18th century and ruined, it was partially recovered in the 20th century and today is part of the historic ensemble, also exposing some roman, visigothic and muslim carved stones.

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    Pleasant rest

    by solopes Updated Sep 5, 2012

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    Mertola - Portugal

    Alentejo is, at our scale, a large province that stands in the way to Algarve. Most people coming from the north cross it without stopping, anxious to relax by the sea. But that is not a wise solution. You may, as we say, "join the useful to the pleasant", and make a "technical stop" al Mertola. The town is small but wonderful.

    Depending on your time, you may just stop by the castle, for a quick visit, entering the small church that was, in its beginning, a Muslim mosque. Then, if you decide to stay a while, you may stroll along town, in search of the Roman, Visigothic, Muslim and Paleochristian remnants. There's a museum, split in five nucleus by themes, and with one single ticket you may enter all that you want, the main attraction being the Arab nucleus.

    OK, you may proceed now, and I promise you that in about one hour you may be in the water.

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    Pomarão

    by jorgec25 Updated Sep 28, 2010

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    Pomarão is a very small place, not more than 2 or 3 streets, near the river bank. While the S. Domingos Mine was in activity, Pomarão was the harbour from where the major part of the production was transported. Nowadays, it´s almost deserted. Hopefully, the new international bridge that was built nearby, will bring back some life to this beautiful place.

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    The S. Domingos River Beach

    by jorgec25 Written Apr 6, 2009

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    the river beach located near the S. Domingos Mine is one of the best and most clean river beaches in Portugal. I went there in the winter, so the place was empty and i could really feel how peaceful the surrounding area is. Truly, a must see.

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    S. Domingos Mine - the grounds

    by jorgec25 Written Apr 6, 2009

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    the grounds of the ancient mine are huge. Despite being in ruins, you can still picture how it must have been in the past, with hundreds of people working there. The best way to visit the whole site is bi bycicle.

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    S. Domingos Mine - Corta

    by jorgec25 Written Feb 20, 2009

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    The "Corta" of the ancient mine is an incredible place, almost surreal. The ground is partially flooded and the water is very acid, with strong coulors. The whole place seems like a piece of planet Mars.

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    Paleo Christian Burial Ground

    by jorgec25 Written Feb 20, 2009

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    Included int he City Museum, but a bit away from the town centre (but very easy to reach). This ancient burial ground was used by the early Christians and later on also by the Muslims. You can see some graves still in their actual location, and quite a number of tombstones.

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    Arab market

    by veigapaula Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Inside the old city, islamic streets,narrow and colorful. Once a year, there is the Arab market Fair.Handicraft, food and music...

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    The Roman Museum

    by jorgec25 Written Feb 20, 2009

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    In the town hall building, you can find a small roman museum, with remains of roman houses and an ancient statue, from the 1 st century!

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    Streets and corners

    by jorgec25 Written Feb 20, 2009

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    The town centre is a pitoresque place. If you walk along the narrow streets going down from the castle into the river, you can find several places, views and houses that are beautiful.

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    Mertola - Church

    by jorgec25 Written Feb 20, 2009

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    The Small Church just below the castle is worth a visit mainly because of the ancient muslin remains of an old mosque.

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    Mertola - Castle

    by jorgec25 Written Feb 19, 2009

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    The Castle has a great location and the views are the main reason why you should visit it. You can visit the main tower, see a small exhibition and climb to the highest point of Mertola.

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