It’s the district capital and the nearest town to Vale de Camelos. Don’t miss Beja’s Medieval Castle (Castelo de Beja) with the tallest donjon in Portugal, the Queen Dona Leonor regional museum (Museu Regional Dona Leonor) and it’s archeological exhibition, the freshness of the Public Garden (Jardim Público), the typical architecture of Moorish Neighbourhood (Bairro da Mouraria), the cuteness of Santo Amaro Church (Igreja de Santo Amaro), the gothic architecture of Santa Maria da Feira Church (Igreja Matriz de Santa Maria da Feira) or the modern atmosphere of the City’s Park (Parque da Cidade).
As most of the cities in Alentejo, Mértola also has a Medieval Castle (Castelo de Mértola). You also don’t want to miss the Mother Church (Igreja Matriz), the Bridge (Ponte do Rio), Archaeological Field of Mértola (Campo Arqueológico de Mértola), the Municipal Museum with it’s Islam Center (Museu Municipal), the Roman House (Casa Romana) or the Miner’s House (Casa do Mineiro).
Again, there’s a medieval castle to visit in Serpa (Castelo de Serpa), but you can also have a look at Santa Maria church (Igreja de Santa Maria), the mother Church of Santa Luzia (Ermida de Santa Luzia), the Palace of the Counts of Ficalho (Palácio dos Condes de Ficalho), the Watches Museum (Museu do Relógio) and the Archaeological Museum (Museu Arqueológico).
These are the nearest cities to Vale de Camelos, but Baixo Alentejo has a lot of other interesting places to visit, like Aljustrel, Almodôvar, Alvito, Barrancos, Castro Verde, Cuba, Ferreira do Alentejo, Moura, Odemira, Ourique , or Vidigueira.