While archeology and heritage are the hallmarks of Mértola, making it a popular tourist destination, the excellent natural conditions that its surroundings offer for outdoor activities are, undoubtedly, an extra motivation to discover this area and explore the challenging Mértola Trail – Trail Run. Set against the backdrop of the village of Mértola and part of the Guadiana Valley Natural Park, the Mertola Trail – Trail Run encourages the most active to explore their limits, discover spaces of heritage and landscapes of singular beauty.
This circular trail route, although easy, has some technical parts that require effort and determination. The terrain varies between dirt and rocky tracks that can be particularly slippery when it rains. The Portuguese pine on the right bank of the river Guadiana and areas of rocky cliffs on the left bank are predominant in the landscape. In the itinerary, we can highlight a windmill, some natural water falls, the Roman roads that cross the territory and of course to the historic center of the village of Mértola and all its heritage. The village and its entire forest perimeter are excellent biodiversity hotspots. Depending on the season, you can share your journey with species such as the red partridge, the kestrel, the wild rabbit, the white stork or the Bonelli’s eagle, among others.
Distance | 13,34km
Duration | 1H50m
Accumulated ascent | 336m
Course with medium difficulty.