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Address: Mertola, Minas de Sao Domingos, Portugal

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Fascinating History, Great Camp stop - the Town Should Charge

Sadly for many Portuguese villages few attractions remain to keep them alive, this happily is not the case for Minas de São Domingos which has a rich and fascinating mining... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 10, 2015
David R
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Roanne, France
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Roanne, France
Top Contributor
173 reviews 173 reviews
42 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015 via mobile

Sadly for many Portuguese villages few attractions remain to keep them alive, this happily is not the case for Minas de São Domingos which has a rich and fascinating mining history with great walks and bike rides around the sites and infrastructure. Like a previous reviewer I feel disappointed that so many of the motor home visitors simply camp for... More 

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Evora, Portugal
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

You can find Alentejo's history & culture, nature, biodiversity, lake beach, water fun and mediterranean climate... perfect in springtime and summer!

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 reviews 5 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Industrial archeology needing much more local information about the place, the buildings, the railway and so on.

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Melbourne, Australia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
19 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

We had a marvellous visit to Mina de Sao Domingos. The highlight was visiting the tapada, where you can go for a swim on the lake, kayaking, bring a picnic or just relax in one of their comfortable bean bags while having a cold beer and some nibbles. It's a lovely place for a family. It's an old mining town... More 

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Cardiff
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47 reviews 47 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

this little town was once a mining town. The mine was owned by a british person and they employed portuguese from all around the little villages to work there ( my father in law worked there). A lot of the british owners brought there families out there to live. The old tennis court is still visable at the side of... More 

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Vale Da Telha
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81 reviews 81 reviews
21 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Interesting for a walk on a sunny day. Visited about 8 years ago, stayed in the Lovely Hotel in centre. Nothing much has changed, thought more information boards or trails would be helpful. Museum was closed on a Saturday which was a disappointment. In the centre near the Hotel is a nice bar and restaurant run by a local family.... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

A small piece of heaven on earth: quiet, relaxing. with very much to do and visit, in the Mina itself and around. a pleasant 3 to 4 day journey worth every bit. Once you go there, sooner or later, you'll be wanting to return once more.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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300 reviews 300 reviews
75 attraction reviews
244 helpful votes 244 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

Unexpectedly interesting place, where geology meets industrial archaeology. The colours of the main lake are amazing, there is a boardwalk part-way round and interesting interpretative boards about the geology of the area, explaining why the area was so attractive for miners from the Romans right through to 1966 when the mines finally closed. You can then explore the huge area... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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56 reviews 56 reviews
20 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

Close to Mertola and a few km of the Spanish border this little village was raised and became famous because of mine digging explorations (Iron, gold and silver). Since the 60's all the mines have been closed and today what you'll find is something like a abandoned city in an amazing decay condition. In Sao Domingos Village there's a tourist... More 

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Houston, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

If you want to visit the Alentejo area you have to take road 225 south from Beja. it is how Alentejo is and is used to be! You do have to stop the car, turn of the engine and get out of the car. Listen to the sounds and smell the air!. It is sweet, spice and... I just cannot... More 

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