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Address: Mertola, Minas de Sao Domingos, Portugal
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Amazing History - You have to see to understand...

Visited this place and have met (by luck) an old man (85) who worked there for 35 years... every day for 12 hours...unbelievable... 800 meters deep... about 2300 steps down to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 14, 2015
Lisbon, Portugal
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Lisbon, Portugal
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63 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

Visited this place and have met (by luck) an old man (85) who worked there for 35 years... every day for 12 hours...unbelievable... 800 meters deep... about 2300 steps down to earth ... amazing landscape... another planet... another time... visit it and check history... e.g. this town had the first Television installed in Portugall in the past... rich company... rich... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Friendly village with simple architecture but with a place with a remarkable mining history. There are some museums centers that seek to recreate and value the importance of the mine in the town. But it´s the rubble remained of the mine that surprises us. The site is well signposted but deserves another tourist use because of the historic importance that... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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172 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This is a special place. The old industrial buildings, the red mountains in a desolate landmark. We saw no other tourists ...

Thank stevenenhilde
Craigavon, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

hi everyone jim and joan here,our visit to Sao Domingos back in 2007 with our motor home was the most enjoyable made loads of freinds local and other campers parked in park beside lake used to get fresh bread delivered to site every morning, had really good time in pk resturant with some local people and staff also other campers... More 

1 Thank james c
Roanne, France
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253 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 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 

Thank David R
Evora, Portugal
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 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!

Thank David G
Lisbon, Portugal
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 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.

1 Thank valmeida
Melbourne, Australia
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76 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 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 

1 Thank Florencia K
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55 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 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 

1 Thank gwenllian49
Vale Da Telha
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95 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 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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