Mértola Large expanses of wheat fields, fruit trees, olive trees and cork oaks are part of the landscape of the Lower Alentejo region where district of Beja is located. Here you'll find villages with whitewashed houses and overwhelming heat in summer: this is the real Portugal. The towns and villages give the impression of stepping back in time: Beja, whose historical district has retained all its style and tranquility, or Mértola, an ancient fortified city on a rocky spur and whose immaculate white church is a former Christianized mosque. The property market around Beja offers a variety of properties: villas with swimming pool, rustic houses or large properties with land. So if you are looking for authenticity, you'll be spoilt for choice.