Portugal

Mértola

You can identify remains of human occupation in Mértola since the Iron Age, passing through the Roman Age, Late Antiquity, and the Islamic and Modern/Contemporary Age. Research and dissemination carried out in Mértola have in fact changed the European view regarding historic periods of time, such as Late Antiquity and the Islamic Period, and they have also enabled a perception of continuity regarding the society’s essential values: respect for what is different, inclusion, intercultural understanding, the importance of sharing and exchanging, and priority to be given to man’s relationship with the territory and other people.

Permanent Delegation of Portugal to UNESCO

 

Escape to the south of Portugal

We worked our way towards the Portuguese border, stopping at Bande’s Roman Thermal Pools on the Spanish side. After a soak and an overnight stay, we crossed over into Portugal and kept driving south in search of better weather. We found it, 600km later, at Praia do Queimado, about a two-hour drive south of Lisbon. We parked up next to the ocean where we stayed for four nights. The adjacent dunes were a great place to walk the dogs and enjoy the warm, sunny days. In the evenings we would sit on the beach drinking wine until our feet got cold, all the while amazed that this could even be possible. We had escaped winter. So this is what all the fuss is about!