casadosloendros2The Casa dos Loendros (Villa of the Oleanders) at Alcaria Ruiva, some 2½ hrs. from Lisbon, and 1½ from Faro airport, and less than 40 km. South of Beja (EN122, and 14 km. before Mértola), at the intersection of the EN 123 the EM540. The village Alacaria Ruiva stands at the foot of the hill named after it, which is an ideal jumping point for the Para-gliding adepts. Walks, bird-watching (several near extinct species in Europe can be seen here). Hunting or fishing (in season) are some of the activities possible throughout the year, in this placid and lovely region.

Drive to the nearby “Pulo do Lobo” (Wolf’s leap) where the Guadiana River cascades down over nearly 60 feet, through a narrow gorge, surrounded by an extraordinary array of rock formations. Stroll around the old streets of Mértola (“Vila Museu”), climb up to its Castle, visit the church (converted from an old mosque), or the various local  museums. Shop around the handicraft stores, taste the rich local gastronomy, hire a canoe to help you to better know the Great River of the South…!, the choice is yours.

Other possibilities are the abandoned Mina the São Domingos, and its nearby old river harbour at the village of Pomarão, or the city of Beja, to number just a few of the interesting possibilities found in this region.

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