Top attractions in Evora
Top 7 Things To Do in Evora
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.
1. Se Cathedral
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.
2. St Francis Church/Chapel of Bones
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.
3. Almendres Cromlech
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.
4. Roman Temple of Évora
Also known as 'Temple of Diana' after the goddess Diana, was actually originally erected in homage to Augustus. Fourteen original granite Corinthian columns remain.
5. Agua de Prata Aqueduct
Built for survival, the great 16th century aqueduct provided clean drinking water to Evora by connecting the city to the nearest constant flowing river.
6. Street Markets
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.
7. Universidade de Évora
A renowned place of learning since 1559, check out the marvelous gleaming tiles depicting Plato lecturing to disciples and Aristotle teaching Alexander.
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.
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- 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
A lovely day trip to get out of the city without renting a car. The guides were warm and enthusiastic locals. The countryside with all the cork trees was an unusual landscape. The sites were intriguing for their wide ranging view of history. Enjoyed the lunch break recommended by our guides (at "Pateo"). The open courtyard (covered for sun) was perfect on a warm sunny February day. The tour does involve walking cobbled, hilly streets, climbing stairs, and uneven dirt paths to the megaliths, so be prepared with appropriate footwear.
We felt really lucky. We had not one but two tour guides on our private tour of Évora. We appreciated both Joao and Paolo’s Knowledge of the history of the area. We took several other private tours while in Portugal, but we felt we got a real look at the culture and even learned some Portuguese during the tour. Loved having the chance to go to the local farmers market to buy local cheese, breads, and produce. We were glad to get out into the countryside to see the cork, animals and the ancient historic sites!
Wonderful immersion into rural Portugal. Our guide, Antonio, was tremendous. Knowledgeable about the land and cork growing, the trees, the souls, the problems, the processing, and the history. He also explained the farming of grapes, and how fabulously used, but not abused the land is. Bees, pigs, cows, assist the farmer, pine nuts and acorns as well as grapes and cork are grown on the land. Such a great tour. Highly recommend
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!!
Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. His English was pretty good and we have no problem understanding him.