Islamic Festival at Mértola – 19-22 May

Image of the Islamic Festival at Mértola, Alentejo, Portugal.

The Arabian music, arts, smells and flavors that have fed the daily life of Mértola have invaded Alentejo during the 6th Islamic Festival between 19 and 22 May.

Mértola returned to become Martulah, name of the municipality in centuries XI and XII, when it was capital of the Islamic kingdom and important commercial port in the routes of the Mediterranean. During the biennial festival, a traditional Moroccan street market – the “souk” – will be scattered throughout the historic center of Mértola.

From 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, the narrow and steep streets of the village are filled with clothes, footwear, ceramics, lamps, carpets, jewelery, teas, nuts or cakes, which will be the heart of the event.

Visit the event’s website.


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