Mertola Castle, Mertola

The Castle of Mértola is a well-preserved medieval castle located in the civil parish and municipality of Mértola, in the Portuguese district of Beja.HistoryIn 318 B.C., during the sequence of the invasion and sack of Tyre, by Alexander the Great, the Phoenicians founded the Myrtilis or New Tyre. The region became an important trading center frequented by Phoenicians and Carthaginians, thanks to the abundance of river and land routes connecting it to the southern portion of the peninsula. Before the invasion of the Iberian Peninsula, it held commercial importance among these civilizations.During the Roman epoch, the settlement was developed, becoming the centre of the mineral extract and agriculture in the Baixo Alentejo region. Mértola was encircled by a wall system that paralleled what remains today, but much grander. The Beja road crossed the walls in the north, and by 44 B.C. Julius Cesar had renamed the town Myrtilis Julia. The first historical reference to this settlement existed in the chronicles of the Swabian bishop, Idácio, who narrated an episode dating to 440 AD, and inferred the existence of this fortified site occupied by Swabians and Visigoths.
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  • As stated by all other visitors, the views are fabulous. Avoid hours of greatest heat.
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  • Very well maintained with your that acenstral history since time immemorial. Many times to visit and find out more in excavations. Well worth going through here stay and discover the nooks with history.
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  • Nice visit with beautiful views of this lovely town of Mértola and the river that runs through it.
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  • Good view from the top. Mertola has a few interesting spots to discover, including the former islamic mosque, now converted into a catholic church.
  • Picture-perfect fortified village.
  • Gorgeus castle built in 1292. The building contains carved stone from the Roman, Moorish, and Christian periods. And the courtyard has a very deep cistern in the center. I looked down on archaeological digs along the sides of the fortress. Great experience. *****
  • Great cast, the visit is a must, the view is breathtaking,
  • I was here in October 2007. It is the only time I was in Portugal. Now a friend is going and I am retracing my steps. I loved this village. I have wanted to go back here to a quaint gift shop to purchase a nice compass they had in brass. Remember when you travel, you'll regret the things you didn't do. So when there don't put off purchasing something you'd really enjoy. This village has a looooong history and colorful, too. I recommend it on a list of things to see. Don't make it a destination, but more of a point of interest. I don't know about hotels, etc. We got here late morning and spent three hours walking the streets and Castle, had lunch and then continued on our tour of cork tree areas, museums and back to Fuezeta. Enjoy. The people are so nice. Even when the street ran out and I had the car on a walkway.... they came outside to watch me back up and then six locals broke into spontaneous applause on my feat.

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