Lisbon, the country's capital, is located 110 miles (177 kilometers) northwest of Mertola, while Algarve lies 45 miles (72 kilometers) to the south.
From perennial tourist favourites to still-undiscovered gems, Alentejo is crisscrossed with things to do and see. Guerreiros do Rio and Cabeca Gorda are two more places worth visiting while you're in Alentejo.
About 30 miles (48 kilometers) to the southeast of Mertola is Castro Marim, a regional city where you'll find Quinta do Vale Golf, Cacela Velha Beach and Castro Marim Golf. Verde Beach (Praia Verde) and Altura Beach are also worth checking out before returning to Mertola.
Visitors with an interest in history will enjoy the region's fabulous fortresses, castles and old towns. Spirituality is a illuminating facet of every region's make-up, so be sure spend a little time in Alentejo's churches and other places of worship.
Specialized tours are a unique way to experience places only locals know. So why not join one of the guided nature walks and culinary tours. This region features plenty of gentle pastimes. Why not spend some time cycling or bird watching and leave your worries behind.
As the sun sets on your adventures, spend what's left of your euros on last-minute keepsakes and say Adeus to the new friends you've made and the places you've spent time.