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Minas de Sao Domingos

Mertola, Minas de Sao Domingos, Portugal
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Desolate moonscape and ghost town

Interesting place to visit. The mine has been abandoned since the 60s and left to crumble. Not only... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Antwerp, Belgium
Not worthy

Nothing to see here... the area is not well taken care... it's clean place but the things like the... read more

Reviewed 26 March 2017
Lisbon, Portugal
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“ghost town” (2 reviews)
“mines” (6 reviews)
“lake” (7 reviews)
Mertola, Minas de Sao Domingos, Portugal
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting place to visit. The mine has been abandoned since the 60s and left to crumble. Not only do the decaying buildings make great photo ops but also the landscape itself. Because of the minerals in the soil the rivers and shallow lakes are brown,...More

Thank Ellen_and_Pedro
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

Nothing to see here... the area is not well taken care... it's clean place but the things like the floor and direction signals are not restored... old accesses...

Thank Pedro_Steve
Reviewed 24 November 2016

Worth a look about this large mine which closed in 1964. The sent the ore by rail to pomaro on the guadiana and then down to Ayemonte or Villa Real de Sao Antonio to be shipped to England, polluting the whole rive in the process.

1  Thank PeterADH
Reviewed 15 November 2016

I've been here several times since 0 years ago and everytime I discover something new. From the million coulors of the open pit to the abandoned facilities of achada do gamo, the Mines can offer an excelent experience on foot, by 4x4 or buy bike....More

1  Thank Boni_pt
Reviewed 16 September 2016

take time to wander round these atmospheric ruins from the industrial age. The mine buildings give a sense of how the mine would have operated and comprehensive information boards explain each point in full. The mine engine towers over the mine giving a ghost town...More

1  Thank rainbowdolphin90
Reviewed 2 August 2016

It was very interesting to walk around and read about how the mine came to be and came to an end. We were in Pomarão the day before, which also has its History connected to this mine. The acid "lake" is an amazing sight, with...More

2  Thank Marina C
Reviewed 3 April 2016 via mobile

Very interesting and worthwhile visiting if one is interested in Industrial Archeology. It is situated in a small village, where the miners lived and worked from 1858 until 1965.

Thank Pedro P
Reviewed 6 February 2016

This village with its abandoned pyrite mines and derelict industrial buildings is an incredible place. We walked around at will...no entry charge, no guides... There were signs in Portuguese and English explaining the sights and history of the place. This would be of huge interest...More

2  Thank pauline a
Reviewed 14 September 2015

Visited this place and have met (by luck) an old man (85) who worked there for 35 years... every day for 12 hours...unbelievable... 800 meters deep... about 2300 steps down to earth ... amazing landscape... another planet... another time... visit it and check history... e.g....More

2  Thank m8eleven
Reviewed 10 August 2015

Friendly village with simple architecture but with a place with a remarkable mining history. There are some museums centers that seek to recreate and value the importance of the mine in the town. But it´s the rubble remained of the mine that surprises us. The...More

Thank Vanda_Brito
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