George and Amal Clooney loved their vacation at Melides, on the Alentejo coast, so much they are building a home there.
The castle of Mértola is located on the highest point of the village. Even though the castle is of Muslim origin, the current building dates from a reconstruction carried out by the knights of the Order of Santiago after the village was taken by the Christians. The most notable feature of the castle is its 30 meter-high keep tower, finished around 1292, which has an inner hall covered with Gothic vaulting. The defences include a city wall, which still encircles the village.
Portuguese table wines ranked very highly in end-of-the-year reviews in two top wine magazines. These high ratings coincide with a significant increase in sales the wines have seen recently. Over the past three years, sales of Portuguese table wines have increased 40 percent and red wines grew by 125 percent.