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Mertola is one of the most pleasant villages to visit in Portugal. Sat high above the Guadiana River the village is dominated by Mertola Castle. A statue of Ibn Qasi stands guard at the entrance.

Stuate of Ibn Qasi, Mertola Castle, Portugal

Next to Mertola Castle is the Matriz Parish Church with its elegant white facade.

Matriz Parish Church, Mertola, Portugal

Following the narrow streets down into the village you will come across the Torre de Relogio – the Clock Tower offer wide views over the surrounding valley. Close-by is the square holding the town hall. The square has been beautifully reformed recently.

Torre de Relogio - Clock Tower, Mertola, Portugal

Town Hall, Mertola, Portugal

Mertola offers many interesting museums on the village’s history, one of which the Islamic Studies Museum can be found in this charming yellow building.

Islamic Studies Museum, Mertola, Portugal

Finally, do not leave town without purchasing some fresh produce at Mertola’s market, cheese being particular speciality.

Market, Mertola, Portugal

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