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Évora and Megaliths Full-Day Tour from Lisbon

1. Évora and Megaliths Full-Day Tour from Lisbon

Explore the history of Portugal on a full-day tour of Évora and the Megaliths of the Cromeleque dos Almendres. Following a pick-up from your hotel in Lisbon, transfer to Évora, historic capital of the Alentejo. Explore the UNESCO classified city center, seeing sights from Roman times to the Renaissance. Go to the Temple of Diana, thought to date back to the 1st century AD. Continue to the Renaissance Church of St. Francis to see the Chapel of Bones (Capela dos Ossos). Marvel at walls covered in human skulls and bones. Wander around Évora Cathedral, and climb its roof to admire the golden plains surrounding the city. Depart Évora for the Roman Villa of Tourega, far off the tourist path. Continue to the Anta Grande do Zambujeiro, the largest and most important megalith dolmen (tomb) on the Iberian Peninsula. Along the way, check out the smaller dolmen of the Anta da Tourega. End the day with a tour of the Almendres Cromlech. Older than Stonehenge, the megalithic complex reveals some of the secrets of ancient civilizations and their knowledge of astronomy. Marvel at the circle of stones, mysteriously aligned with the sun and stars.

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Alentejo: Cork Forest Safari with Optional Lunch

2. Alentejo: Cork Forest Safari with Optional Lunch

The farm you will visit is a paradise for walkers, ramblers and wine lovers. Imagine exploring this world of rolling hills, cork forests, olive groves and vineyards in a landscape occasionally broken by a medieval fortress or an abandoned chapel. For six generations, the family owners have made a living on the 1,400 acre estate in the Alentejo by sustainably managing cork forests, rearing sheep and making fine wines. You're invited you to join to share the joy of their lives and see the beauty of the surrounding countryside. Nature-lovers and birdwatchers will not be disappointed. With luck, you might see or come across an Egyptian mongoose, a bustard, a wild boar,  a hoopoe, a bee-eater, a booted eagle or many more species. On arrival you will be introduced to your guide, who is a local archaeologist and conservationist. Start with a nice cup of tea, coffee or cool refreshment. Then your guide will take you on a beautiful 2-hour Jeep tour into the deepest parts of the cork forest. During your tour/safari he will explain to you everything about the cork trees, cork cycle (cork stripping, cork storage, cork manufacturing). You will also learn about local fauna and flora, honey production, vineyards, Iberian pig fattening, olive groves and all the farm activities. When you return to the farmhouse and visit the shop where you can find the finest products it has to offer (cork handicraft, biologic olives and olive oil, honey and of course their wines). Later, have a cork stripper's traditional three-course meal in a quiet family-run restaurant. After this, it will be time to go home, but with the best memories of the Alentejo.

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From Lisbon: Évora and Monsaraz Day Tour with Wine Tasting

3. From Lisbon: Évora and Monsaraz Day Tour with Wine Tasting

Set off on your full-day tour from Lisbon and discover one of the most scenic parts of Portugal's countryside. Make your way through Alentejo with its magnificent plains filled with olive trees, vineyards, and cork oaks. Make your first stop at Évora, a Unesco World Heritage site and one of the most beautifully preserved medieval towns. Take a guided tour inside the Roman Temple, one of the best preserved Roman structures on the Iberian Peninsula. Your guide will also show you around the must-see Chapel of Bones. Take time to admire the ornate architecture of the Cathedral of Évora. Your second stop will be the graceful medieval village of Monsaraz, one of the oldest in Portugal and built within the walls of a castle. Taste one of the best wines in Portugal with the views of one of the largest artificial lakes in Europe. At the end of a full day of sightseeing, return to Lisbon.  Treat yourself and your family or friends to a private experience with pickup and drop-off at your accommodation in Lisbon, Cascais, or Ericeira. Alternatively, you can opt for a small-group experience and meet your guide outside one of two central hotels.

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Évora Full-Day Tour with Wine Tasting from Lisbon

4. Évora Full-Day Tour with Wine Tasting from Lisbon

Visit Évora, a Portuguese town classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a full-day tour from Lisbon. Évora is sometimes referred to as the "White City" and also "City Museum," because it dazzles its visitors with lush architectural and artistic monumental churches, historic squares, white houses, and narrow medieval streets. Évora invites you to discover a city that is synonymous of mix of cultures; from the Romans to the Arabs, Jews to Christians, all its traditions and expressions are clearly present here. On your small group trip to Évora, you will be picked up from your Lisbon hotel at 8:30 AM before setting out. After arrival, make your way to the historic city center. Évora was taken from the Moors and went on to become one of the most prosperous cities of the kingdom, especially during the Avis Dynasty (1385-1580). Next, visit the Roman Temple of Évora, often referred to as the Temple of Diana. It is a Corinthian-style temple, built in the early first century A.D. Continue on to the Chapel of Bones. It is a chapel located next to the Church of St. Francis, and its walls are all lined with human bones. After lunch, visit Évora Cathedral. This is a Romanesque-Gothic building and you can climb to the towers and go to the roof where you have amazing views over the city and the countryside. After leaving the city, continue to visit a wine farm, Here visit the facilities and learn about the manufacturing and packaging of wine. Then enjoy a wine and olive oil tasting (not included). On your way back to Lisbon, pass by Arraiolos, located about 12.5 miles (20 kilometers) northwest of Évora. Visit the castle and the church of "Senhor dos Passos." Then learn about the famous Arraiolos carpets, wool rugs embroidered with the stitch of the same name, on a jute cloth made of cotton or linen. The knowledge of this craft has been passed from generation to generation in Arraiolos. You will return to Lisbon around 5:00 PM.

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Lisbon: Full-Day Évora Wine Tour

5. Lisbon: Full-Day Évora Wine Tour

Explore the cultural tapestry of Évora, capital of the province of Alentejo, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Passing through a rustic landscape of olive and cork trees, journey 81 miles (130 km) south of Lisbon to reach the outer vineyards of this well-preserved treasure. Walk through the whitewashed Old Town to visit Évora's most famous landmark, the Roman Temple. Its large Corinthian columns date back to the first century, the era of Emperor Augustus. Another breathtaking stop will be the Cathedral of Évora, one of the most important Gothic monuments in Portugal. Then we'll head to Saint Francis Church with the "Bones Chapel", or Capela dos Ossos, which is completely decorated with human bones. Don't miss the University of Évora, a former Jesuit college built by Cardinal-King Henrique in 1559. Afterwards, stroll through Évora market to admire the colorful and tasty ingredients used to create some of the Portugal's most marvelous dishes. In the afternoon, head to the Herdade do Esporão (near Reguengos de Monsaraz) to visit an important wine cellars in Portugal. Toast the day with a taste of fine wines.

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Lisbon: Full-Day Private Tour to Évora and Palmela

6. Lisbon: Full-Day Private Tour to Évora and Palmela

Cross the Vasco da Gama Bridge - the longest in Europe - for the start of this full-day private tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Évora, admiring the winelands and plains of the Alentejo along the way. Upon arrival in Évora, circle the medieval walls and enjoy a pleasant walking tour of the old city, stopping at the most iconic sights, such as the Chapel of Bones (Capela dos Ossos), where the interior walls are covered with human skulls and bones. Next door is the huge Gothic edifice of the Igreja de São Francisco (Church of St. Francis) with its Manueline entrance and spiral spires. Marvel at the Roman Temple, one of the most significant Roman ruins in Portugal with well preserved columns and Corinthian capitals. You will also see the University of Évora, the 2nd oldest university in Portugal, housed in a former Jesuit college. Next, go to the Cartuxa Wine Cellars to sample the wines of the Alentejo. After some free time for lunch, drive back to Lisbon, stopping en route at the Medieval Castle of Palmela. Admire the views of the surrounding vineyards and hills. Before your arrival back in Lisbon, enjoy the views of the Cristo Rei statue, and enter the city via the historic 25th de Abril Bridge for yet more impressive panoramas of Lisbon.

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Evora and Megalithic Circuit 10 Hour Private Tour

7. Evora and Megalithic Circuit 10 Hour Private Tour

You will travel south from Lisbon crossing the 25 de Abril bridge, and the landscape will begin to change after getting to the Alentejo region. The olive and cork trees, the immense plains, the golden soil, the blue sky… Alentejo will overflow your senses! Firstly, on the tour, you will visit to the Almendres Cromlech, a testimony of pre-historic Human presence in Alentejo.  Next the city of Évora counts thousands of years of history. You will explore the city highlights and discover its one thousand and one stories. You will appreciate the beauty of this magical city. The city holds a historical centre and is a total surprise. Inhabited since time immemorial, it is still possible to appreciate Roman remains, surrounded by medieval buildings. You will observe the historical centre, the Cathedral and the Bones Chapel. Thereafter, you will visit Monsaraz, a beautiful medieval village at the top of a plateau, where you will be able to see the Alentejo magical plain. Discover the joys of Alentejo, the enchanted region of Portugal! Full itinerary is 10 hours. Hotel Pickup; Almendres Cromlech; Evora: Historic Centre; Evora: Roman Temple; Evora: Cathedral; Evora: Bones Chapel; Lunch: Free Time; Monsaraz; Hotel Drop-off.

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From Lisbon: Évora Private Historic Discovery Tour

8. From Lisbon: Évora Private Historic Discovery Tour

This tour is designed for history lovers and will show you the city’s varied collection of historic landmarks. After relaxing on the trip (1 hour 30 minutes) from Lisbon to Évora, you reach this UNESCO World Heritage city. You'll be transported back to Roman times, then past the Moorish occupations, all the way through the middle ages, and then back to today's Portugal. You'll discover the history of the Roman Temple, often incorrectly referred to as the Temple of Diana. You will also enter the famous Sé Cathedral, the largest medieval cathedral of Portugal. It was built between 1186 and 1204 and was only finished to its final beauty in 1250. Your guide will show you the cloister, basilica and then you will go all the way up to the rooftop to have a fantastic birds-eye-view over the whole city. Then you will explore the creepy Bone Chapel, with its carefully arranged skulls and bones of about 5000 people that cover the walls and columns. It is supposed to make visitors reflect on the inevitable facts of life and death. Make sure you look up at the inscription on the entrance, which reads: "We bones that here are, await for yours." As well as the above sites, you'll also have the chance to stroll along the Giraldo Square and discover many other historic details of this city and see the locals way of life. Not to forget, you should try some of the simple local gastronomic specialties if you get hungry. At the end of the tour, you'll be driven back to Lisbon.

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Albufeira: Algarve Coast Guided Tour with Wine Tasting

9. Albufeira: Algarve Coast Guided Tour with Wine Tasting

Enjoy a full day of discoveries in the Algarve region. Experience the best of the area, from pristine beaches, secret spots and dramatic cliffs coast, to trying some of the best wine of the region. The first stop is a small fishing community called Senhora da Rocha, where the pier and beach are used as a refuge for fishermen's boats. The beach is flanked by cliffs, where an old fort and the Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Rocha are located, as well as a tunnel dug in the rock.  Next, visit Marinha Beach locally known as Praia da Marinha. This beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal. Located in the heart of the Algarve, it has become well known not only for its beautiful cliffs, but also for the clear sea water that allows you to see the seabed when swimming.  Then, head to the Quinta dos Vales Wine Estate. This 44-hectare property is now considered one of the best wineries in the Algarve, with international recognition. Explore the natural beauty of the grounds, where numerous sculptures and other works of art are scattered throughout. Finally, enjoy a wine tasting before being dropped back to your hotel.

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Alentejo Cork Forest Walk with Optional Lunch

10. Alentejo Cork Forest Walk with Optional Lunch

The farm you will visit is a paradise for walkers, ramblers and wine lovers. Imagine exploring this world of rolling hills, cork forests, olive groves and vineyards in a landscape occasionally broken by a medieval fortress or an abandoned chapel. For six generations, the family owners have made a living on the 1,400 acre estate in the Alentejo by sustainably managing cork forests, rearing sheep and making fine wines. You're invited to join to share the joy of their lives and see the beauty of the surrounding countryside. Nature-lovers and birdwatchers will not be disappointed. With luck, you might see or come across an Egyptian mongoose, a bustard, a wild boar,  a hoopoe, a bee-eater, a booted eagle or many more species. On arrival you will be introduced to your guide, who is a local archaeologist and conservationist. Start with a nice cup of tea, coffee or cool refreshment. Then your guide will take you on a beautiful walking tour into the deepest parts of the cork forest. During your tour he will explain to you everything about the cork trees, cork cycle (cork stripping, cork storage, cork manufacturing). You will also learn about local fauna and flora, honey production, vineyards, Iberian pig fattening, olive groves and all the farm activities. When you return to the farmhouse and visit the shop where you can find the finest products it has to offer (cork handicraft, biologic olives and olive oil, honey and of course their wines). Later, have a cork stripper's traditional three-course meal in a quiet family-run restaurant. After this, it will be time to go home, but with the best memories of the Alentejo.

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Frequently asked questions about Evora

What top attractions are a must-see in Evora?

Planning Your Visit

  • Is there much else to do other than delve in to history?

    Yes, the public gardens of Jardim Publico are a lovely spot to pass the time calmly and stroll around. Plus you can go on cruises and indulge in some watersports in the Alqueva reservoir. You can also go to nearby towns Montemor-o-Novo and Arraiolos. A day trip to Lisbon is also viable -- just 80 miles away!

  • Is there good public tranpsort available to get to other towns?

    There are a couple of nearby towns that are also worth seeing, however public transportation is not great since its a rural area. It's best to plan ahead and check bus times if you're going elsewhere.

Good to know

  • Language
    Portuguese
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +351
  • Best time to visit
    You are guaranteed sunny and warm days at most times during the year. Summer can be very hot, so if you want to enjoy the outdoors in a cooler climate, visit in spring when the landscape is green and full of color. Keep in mind, most museums and tourist attractions are closed on Mondays.

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What people are saying about Evora

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 255 reviews

We enjoyed a terrific day tour to Evora with our guide Joao Dickmann. Joao was super engaging, easy to converse with and extremely knowledgeable about all things Portugal including Evora history and the wonderful sights we experienced there representing Roman times, to the Moors and finally Portuguese rule. The van was spotlessly clean and very comfortable and the trip each way was 1 hour plus. Memorable sights included the city hall with Roman ruins, Giraldo main square, the Roman temple, walls and aqueduct, Se cathedral and the bone chapel. We enjoyed a simple and delicious lunch of a traditional bifana sandwich followed by rich and tasty local desserts at Pastelaria Conventual Pão de Rala. I highly recommend this tour, you will love it!

With this interpreter, Joao, you can really enjoy everything you see, hear, experience while he transports you safely to your destination... Monsaraz... His almost perfect English makes everything very clear and easy to follow. ..he also knows the many background stories associated with everything he shows you ..a really great guide!!!...a golden guy❗❗...a trip well worth it ❗ thanks to Joao and his perfect knowledge and translation 8n t English of everything ❗

Manuel was a fantastic tour guide. He was extremely knowledgeable, kind, and courteous. He made it a priority that we do what we wanted , as this toir was about us. We were shown many things on this tour, much more than I ever expected. I have booked many tours via Get Your Guide , and I have had many good guides. Manuel has been the best. Thanks for an awesome day

Our city tour in Evora was first class. The guide appeared on time at the meeting point and took more time than agreed, spoke extremely good German and conveyed the information about the sights very well. I can recommend Mr Coelho at any time. We really enjoyed the more than 3 hours.

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