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Weekend trip to Mértola, the Minas de São Domingos and Beja ... NEW DATE, subject to likely restrictions

- Subject to likely government restrictions regarding group size; reservations accepted -


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council has postponed the weekend trip to MÉRTOLA to the 3rd to 5th of September, 2021.


Date: Friday afternoon to Sunday, 3rd - 5th September, 2021.


Venue: a two-and-a-half day trip to Mértola, in the Alentejo, with a guided tour to the  Moorish ruins and museum, as well as the vestiges of the São Domingos Mine. The two nights will be spent at the Beira Rio Hotel in Mértola.


Programme: Following the very successful lecture by Dr. Santiago Macias on Daily Life in Islamic Portugal, the Society has organized a trip to see the sites and excavations that he mentioned in Mértola. We book in to the Beira Rio hotel in the centre of Mértola on the Friday afternoon, in good time before dinner* at the hotel. On the Saturday morning we will have a guided visit to the vestiges of the São Domingos Mine, where silver and gold was first mined by the Romans. The British company Mason and Barry mined copper and later pyrites from 1859 to 1966, and the mine became one of Europe´s largest. After lunch* we will be guided around the Moorish ruins and museum at Mértola, including a reconstructed Moorish house. Saturday’s dinner* will be at the Brasileiro restaurant. On the Sunday, participants can wander up to the castle and church of Mértola, where one can see remains of the former mosque. Lunch* will be in Beja, on the way home, where we have the opportunity to visit the castle and cathedral at leisure.


TimeMeeting point for the bus:

          Lisbon 14.00: Museu de Lisboa, 245 Campo Grande, 1700-091 Lisboa (parking at the nearby EMEL car park).

          Estoril  14.30: behind the Estoril Casino (parking at the paid car park). Return scheduled for 18.00 in Estoril, 18.30 in Lisbon.


Price€160 per person double/twin room, €50 single supplement - all inclusive (€25 surcharge for non-Members).


Booking: Reservations may be made by sending an E-mail to Payment details will be emailed nearer the date.