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This is a delightfully preserved medieval town. Roam around the 14th century walls and narrow winding lanes, marvel at the architecture and ancient buildings, and enjoy the pseudo-feeling of constantly being in an open-air museum.
This is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and contains a rare effigy of her heavily pregnant, displayed at the altar. There's a panoramic rooftop accessible via the bell tower.
Not for the faint hearted, the remains of more than 5,000 of Évora’s past inhabitants are cemented to the walls of this large, eerie 16th-century tomb, created by a group of Franciscan monks. This is one of the best-preserved Roman temples remaining on the European mainland. The Temple of Diana is here too.
These mysterious megalithic structures date back to 3000-4000 BC. It's thought the site was built as a religious or ceremonial monument, or as a primitive astronomical observatory.
Also known as 'Temple of Diana' after the goddess Diana, was actually originally erected in homage to Augustus. Fourteen original granite Corinthian columns remain.
Built for survival, the great 16th century aqueduct provided clean drinking water to Evora by connecting the city to the nearest constant flowing river.
There's so many to explore! Try out the municipal market which offers miles of fresh produce. Book lovers should go to the Livraria Nazareth or the Livraria Som das Letras.
A renowned place of learning since 1559, check out the marvelous gleaming tiles depicting Plato lecturing to disciples and Aristotle teaching Alexander.
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!
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.
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- 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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We knew almost nothing about cork and cork production, so decided to find out more. We could not have made a better choice. Our guides were friendly, humorous and very knowledgeable. They took us in an open-topped vintage Land-Rover all over Phillip's cork forest and vineyards, explaining many aspects of each and answering our endless questions. Water was provided, and we stopped at various places in the forest to learn about cork oaks of different ages, their care and cultivation, how the bark is removed and with what tools, what happens to it next and so on. At the end we were treated to three of the estate's oen wines, a rosé, a white and a red, and we were given the three opened bottles to take away. All in all a great experience with genuine working farm and people. Nothing whatever artificial or theatrical here.
My fiancée and I very much enjoyed this trip as we were not only able to visit Evora and a fabulous vineyard, but also learned so much about the country of Portugal and its history on our ride up with Carlos! The tour started from the moment we stepped in the vehicle as we learned about all of the sights along the way. He was so informative and very charismatic. His passion for this country is so beautiful and I was moved to tears by his explanations standing in the cathedral. It was so humbling to me. We left in the morning as strangers for a city that I knew so little about, and returned to our hotel feeling like family in a country we have grown to love so quickly. We highly recommend Carlos from Celina Tours! And we will be back for sure!
Evora is a difficult place to get to by public transport from Lisbon so this tour was a great way to it. Evora is a small town with lots to see. I didn't go on the lunch and was glad because I got to spend the time exploring the town centre. The wine tasting was very rushed and it was in a local shop, not very atmospheric. Overall, it felt a bit rushed in the monuments but was a great way to experience more of Portugal.
Our guide Luis was the best. He was so knowledgeable about the places as well as the history of Portugal. Though it was crowded he took us to the best place for lunch n to buy souvenir. During the end of the trip I left my hat back in the van which he was so kind n helpful to come back to return it. It was our best trip ever.
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Evora with Carlos. He was able to give us lots of really interesting background information on the places that we visited, and made the day good fun too!