Evora
History & Heritage

Enter your dates to find available activities

Our most recommended Evora History & Heritage

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.

...
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.

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

3. 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.

...
Lisbon: Full-Day Évora Wine Tour

4. 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.

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

5. 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.

...
Evora and Megalithic Circuit 10 Hour Private Tour

6. 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.

...
From Lisbon: Évora Private Historic Discovery Tour

7. 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.

...
Évora Private Tour from Lisbon

8. Évora Private Tour from Lisbon

You will be picked up in Lisbon in the morning. Take a journey from Lisbon to Évora passing by the iconic Alentejo landscape with its lowlands full of cork trees and white washed houses. Visit Évora surrounded by medieval walls. The city is a World Heritage Site - also called the "City Museum" because of the ancient artistic manifestations found in its inner walls. During your visit you'll get to see the admirable "Capela dos Ossos" (Bone Chapel), the Roman Temple in the Iberian Peninsula, and the cathedral. In Évora, you'll be able to taste the most genuine flavors of typical Portuguese cuisine with some of the best wines and olive oils of the country. Your guide knows the best places to find these. While you walk the narrow and charming streets of Évora you'll get to shop for hand-made products on the street markets, discovering an abundance of goods made with the region's famous cork and clay. In the evening you will be taken back to your accommodation in Lisbon. 

...
Évora: Megaliths and Cork Forest Guided Tour

9. 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.

...
Évora: 3-Hour Private Walking Tour

10. Évora: 3-Hour Private Walking Tour

Évora’s historical treasures span centuries, as you’ll soon learn from your guide on this 3-hour tour that’s priced for up to 2 persons. The city's lively Praca do Giraldo is one of the best places to begin a walking tour of the city. Attractive townhouses with intricate wrought-iron balconies adorn the square. Admire the city's main cathedral, built between 1186 and 1204. Although there are many cathedrals in Portugal, the Cathedral of Évora is the most significant in terms of Gothic style. While the main cathedral is easily one of the top attractions, it just might be overshadowed by the Temple of Diana, one of the best preserved Roman monuments found anywhere on the Iberian Peninsula. You’ll see 14 of the original 18 columns still standing. Visit the centuries-old university founded in 1559, and stroll through the atmospheric local market. Take some time to browse the shops for unique cork products.

...

Other Sightseeing Options in Evora

Want to discover all there is to do in Evora? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Evora

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 136 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!

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.

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

Excellent guide with enormous knowledge conveyed very well.