Evora
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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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From Lisbon: Évora and Monsaraz Day Tour with Wine Tasting

2. 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: Megaliths and Cork Forest Guided Tour

3. Évora: Megaliths and Cork Forest Guided Tour

Start your tour with a pleasant drive out of Evora through a cork oak forest, the Montado. Experience a piece of the area's cultural and natural heritage. Next, visit the famous Cromlech of Almendres, considered by the locals the most mysterious place in the region. Admire the ancient standing stones and ponder why they might have been put there. Talk to your guide about some of the most well-known theories about why this place exists. Visit 3 fascinating megalithic sites, get out of the city for a bit, and enjoy an amazing mix of nature and culture with a tour of the cork forest and megaliths outside of Evora.

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Évora: 4-Hour Self-Drive Tour to Megalithic Monuments

4. Évora: 4-Hour Self-Drive Tour to Megalithic Monuments

Take a drive through Évora’s countryside in your own Ranault Twizy electric car on a self-guided tour. Feel the mysticism that surrounds the region as you explore prehistoric monuments dating back 10,000 years.   Your tour begins with a presentation of your easy-to-drive and fully automatic electric vehicle. Learn about the car’s available technology, including the GPS tour guide, free Wi-Fi, and a live camera to record your tour or share your experience. Then you are ready to set off on a 4-hour adventure to discover dolmen, cromlech, and menhir megalithic monuments that will give you a glimpse into the prehistoric past. Venture down country roads to the village of Guadalupe where nearby you’ll find the Almendres Menhir and Almendres Cromlech. Witness firsthand the long-lasting testament of culture and rituals left behind by the region’s ancient inhabitants.   Your next stop is the Great Dolmen of Zambujeiro, considered one of the largest dolmens in the Iberian Peninsula. In addition to fascinating megaliths, find the ruins of the medieval Castle of Geraldo near the village of Valverde, and finish your tour with a visit to the Roman Villa of Tourega before heading back to Évora.

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What people are saying about Evora

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 16 reviews

The other members of the group canceled one night before, so the tour was just for me, the guide was very attentive and took me to other places that were not on the itinerary, which I greatly appreciate since I had a very complete visit.

Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. His English was pretty good and we have no problem understanding him.

Fascinating, well-organized tour from an exceptional guide of Évora and its ancient surroundings

Great experience riding the electric car and see the megaliths. Francisco was very reassuring.

Juan was an excellent guide with a wealth of knowledge to share.