Thirty kilometres southwest of Moura, and the same again east of Beja, the small market town of SERPA offers the classic Alentejan attractions – a walled centre, a castle, and narrow, whitewashed streets of handsome bougainvillea-clad houses and lush gardens.
Things to do in Serpa
The town has at various times been occupied by Celts, Romans and Moors, and its highest point is capped by the remnants of its Castelo. The delight of Serpa is in wandering its quiet, little-visited streets that spread just a few hundred metres within the encircling walls. Centre of the settlement is the Praça da República, with its appealing cafés, while arched gates provide access to the more modern town beyond. To the south, the leafy public gardens provide shade in the hottest part of the day. The town’s annual feira takes place on the closest weekend to Aug 24, and there are big celebrations each Easter in honour of Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe.
Things to do around Serpa
Serpa, being a small town, often leads tourists to explore it’s surronding areas. The Alquera Reservoir is about 30 minutes outside of Serpa and is an ideal location for a range of watersports. Most holiday rentals give the option to rent canoes and paddle-boards specifically for this purpose. Pulo do Lobo, a scenic waterfall amongst rugged stones can be found by following the Guadiana River through the Vale do Guiadiana Natural Park – look out for turtles, watersnakes and a range of bird-life including raptors.
A visit to Serpa’s local Tourist Office will leave you with various options, such as guided walks and bicycle tours, hot-air balloon rides and nocturnal activities such as guided star-gazing, thanks to the distant location of Serpa providing a clear view of the night skies.
Weather in Serpa
The average temperature in Serpa is relatively pleasant all year round, excluding a few colder months during mid-winter. The hottest months are of course during the Summer, when temperatures reach around 30 degrees. Late Spring and early Autumn are the recommended months to visit Serpa in terms of the weather.
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