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Lisbon: Full-Day Évora Wine Tour

1. 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.

From Lisbon: Full Day Évora Tour with Lunch

2. From Lisbon: Full Day Évora Tour with Lunch

Begin the tour at Giraldo Square, the living center of Évora, full of architectural styles, from Moorish arches lined up in the Square, to the fountains of the Renaissance and the Gothic church of São Francisco. Enjoy some free time to taste a regional sweet. Then head to one of the major landmarks in Portugal, the Roman temple, also known as the Temple of Diana. Its powerful front with 14 columns in well-preserved granite astonishes those who see it for the first time. Next, you can explore the Bones Chapel if you wish. For some people, it is a dark place, for others a fascinating space consisting of hundreds of skulls and skeletons from about 5000 monks of the sixteenth century. There are also two intact corpses exposed in the chapel, so it is not a visit for sensitive people. At lunchtime, dine in one of the best Evora restaurants. Then go to the Cathedral of Evora, a Roman-Gothic church from the XIII century where you can climb the tower and get a breathtaking view of the city and the fields surrounding it. With its unique climate conditions, the vineyards of the region produce some of the best Portuguese wines. You will go to a farm where you can taste the best Alentejo has to offer. On the way back to Lisbon stop in Arraiolos and marvel at its magnificent castle wall and the famous carpets of Arraiolos. You can see firsthand how they are manually produced and grab yourself a souvenir.

Évora: Exclusive Cartuxa Wine Lovers Tour

3. Évora: Exclusive Cartuxa Wine Lovers Tour

Your journey begins with a guided tour to the Quinta de Valbom, where you can enjoy the amazing cellars and grounds. You will be enchanted with the beautiful and unique Alentejo landscape, and will finish your visit with an incredible wine tasting of some of the premium wines and spectacular olive oils. After visiting the Cartuxa Winery, you will drive back to Évora. This is a city that has a rich cultural heritage, and its historic center has been distinguished as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Évora you will proceed with a city tour, visiting the estate of the Eugenio de Almeida Foundation. In Páteo de São Miguel you will visit the Collection of Carriages, and the Paço de São Miguel, which is a building with more than 500 years of history. Following this, you will travel to Casas Pintadas, which is a unique example of palatial mural painting from the second half of the 16th century. During this city tour there is also the possibility to make a reservation for lunch at Enoteca Cartuxa. There you will be able to surprise yourself by discovering the perfect harmony between the wines of the Cartuxa Winery and the famous traditional regional cuisine, interpreted and reinvented in a modern way. Your city tour will eventually end with an exclusive and fantastic visit to Monte dos Pinheiros. There you will experience the vineyards where the Pêra-Manca grapes grow, and can relax while admiring this fascinating landscape of the city of Evora. At the conclusion of your tour, you will return your car to its point of origin.

From Lisbon: Évora Portuguese Heritage Small-Group Day Tour

4. From Lisbon: Évora Portuguese Heritage Small-Group Day Tour

Delve deep into Portuguese heritage on our exclusive rural van tour, stopping off at some of the most important cultural sites on the way. We will pick you up from your hotel at the designated time. On this tour, immerse yourself in the real Portugal, with its magnificent patchwork plains of vineyards and grain fields. See the olive trees from which the famous Portuguese olive oil is pressed and the endangered cork trees from which the famous Portuguese Cork is harvested. Visit the oldest stone circle in Southern Europe in the city of Évora, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see the Roman temple and enter the famous Chapel of Bones. This is the biggest Gothic Cathedral in Portugal and is one of the most impressive works of architecture of its kind.

From Lisbon: Alentejo Wine Tour

5. From Lisbon: Alentejo Wine Tour

Discover why Portugal is renowned as one of the world’s best wine-producing countries on a full-day tour of the Alentejo and Setubal Peninsula. Along the way, the guide will give many insights about gastronomy and wines in Portugal. Drive East to the sunbaked plains of Alentejo, a region that stretches from the Spanish border to the Algarve in the south. Upon arrival near Évora, visit a local winery and discover the process behind the production of these wines. Then, put your palate to the test during a 4-wine tasting of reds and whites as well as sampling some local products such as cheese, chouriço (smoked pork sausage), smoked ham and bread. Continue to the 2nd winery in Alentejo, which has a long-standing winemaking tradition and a stellar reputation for producing intense and fruity ruby-colored reds. Venture out into the neatly pruned vines during a guided vineyard tour and learn about the climate and local varietals. Compound your newfound knowledge during another wine tasting session, where a tutor will talk you through the complex flavors of each style. Have lunch here for a relaxing conclusion to the tour.


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What people are saying about Evora

It was a well managed tour, short and compact in terms of persons per tour. Our guide, Vasco, conducted the tour very well.. Recommend this tour!!

I really liked it. Évora is beautiful and the guide Monica was excellent, very helpful and friendly. The tour to the vineyard was delicious.

The tour guide is very nice and knowledgeable about history. We enjoyed the trip very much.

Incredible ride, surprised expectations, guide Monica was very friendly.

A really great way to see Evora, would recommend this as a day tour