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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 tour of Évora and the Megaliths of the Cromeleque dos Almendres. Following pickup from your hotel in Lisbon, make your way to Évora, the historic capital of the Alentejo. Start the day with a tour of the Almendres Cromlech. Older than Stonehenge, this megalithic complex reveals some of the secrets of ancient civilizations and their knowledge of astronomy. Admire the circle of stones, mysteriously aligned with the sun and stars. Next, explore the UNESCO-classified city center of Évora. See remnants from Roman through Renaissance times. Visit the Temple of Diana and learn how cork is extracted from Cork Oak Trees. Visit the medieval Évora Cathedral and climb to the roof to admire the golden plains surrounding the city. Continue to the Renaissance Church of St. Francis to see the Chapel of Bones, covered in human skulls and bones, before returning to Lisbon.

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.

Megalithic and Cork Forest guided tour from Évora

3. Megalithic and Cork Forest guided tour from Évora

This tour will start a very interesting and unexpected drive trough a cork oak forest, in Portuguese, the Montado. A cultural heritage left by the oldest generations giving us an example of an almost perfect balance between Nature and mankind. Next, the very famous Cromlech of Almendres, considered by the locals the most mysterious place in the region. The truth is that until now, no one can give us an exact explanation about the reasons this place exist. We will go trough the most well known theories. This standing stones can give us a different understanding about our existence. The way mankind have been evolving and how important where some things that we today consider simple. We will visit 3 megalithic sites and because all our tours are different we might have time to go to the Roman times and visit an authentic Roman Ruin. In this tour you will have the opportunity to get out of the city for a bit, enjoy nature and culture in just a few hours.

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. 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, visit one of the most important wine cellars in Portugal. Toast the day with a taste of fine wines.

From Lisbon: Évora Portuguese Heritage Small-Group Day Tour

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

We want to take you inside a time machine and arrive back a few centuries ago, as our first stop is 7000 years back at the Almendres Cromlech. Next is the former roman town of Évora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986, with roman, visigoth, muslim and portuguese influence. In Évora history crosspaths with us in every corner, in this big puzzle of historical monuments with more than 1000 years old. The walking tour starts at São Francisco church and the Bones Chapes, one of the must see places in Évora. Heading next to the medieval heart of the city where the Cathedral (the biggest in Portugal) can be found but also some antique testimonials like, Roman Temple cand the Roman baths. There will also be time for an olive oil tasting, free time to shop and to lunch … by any means skip the local food. Definitely no to skip the 2027 European Cultural Capital.

From Lisbon: Evora and Monsaraz Tour with Transfer

6. From Lisbon: Evora and Monsaraz Tour with Transfer

Leave behind the big city vibes of Lisbon and travel into the Portuguese countryside for the day. Join this guided tour to visit two traditional towns and get a glimpse into the local culture and lifestyle. Travel back to medieval times as you stroll through Evora and Monsaraz. Begin the day by driving out of Lisbon and use this opportunity to stop at the iconic Sanctuary of Christ the King. Arrive at Evora to become surrounded by medieval streets, palaces, and beautiful typical homes. Stroll around the historic center and other nearby sites. Afterward, travel toward the border between Portugal and Spain to discover Monsaraz Castle. Explore this incredible ancient building and tour the charming town streets, taking in stunning views of the Alentejo plains before returning to Lisbon.

From Lisbon: Full Day Évora Tour with Lunch

7. 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 Full-Day Tour with Wine Tasting from Lisbon

8. 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.

Évora Private Day Trip from Lisbon with Wine Tasting

9. Évora Private Day Trip from Lisbon with Wine Tasting

Explore the rich history of Évora, a historic city of the Alentejo, on a full-day self-guided tour from Lisbon. Founded by the Romans in 57 BC, Évora possesses a rich and extensive cultural heritage that has been preserved through the ages. Learn about its conquest by the Moors, whose influence can still be seen in much of the city center. Explore the period of the Manueline Favour when Jesuits founded the university in 1559. Along the way, see an outstanding megalithic archaeological site, one of the most ancient in Europe. Marvel at the magnificent landscapes en route to the Roman Temple in the UNESCO-classified historic city center. Visit the Cathedral of Évora, built after the city was re-conquered from the Arabs in the 12th century. An undoubted highlight of your day will be a visit to the Capela dos Ossos. Go to the small, interior chapel next to the Church of St. Francis and enter rooms decorated with carefully arranged human bones and skulls held together by cement.

From Lisboa: Evora & Monsaraz Full-Day Tour

10. From Lisboa: Evora & Monsaraz Full-Day Tour

This tour will take you to Évora, a world heritage site, where medieval streets, palaces, and beautiful typical Portuguese houses coexist. Start the tour to the south, passing over the 25th April bridge at Lisbon also known as the Golden Gate replica, and use the opportunity to visit the iconic Christ King, with the best views over the city of Lisbon. On arrival at Évora, beside the Historical Centre, there are nearby a lot of interesting points to visit, such as Evora's Roman Temple, the Cathedral, Saint Francis church, King Manuel Royal Palace, the local market, and one of the most famous and iconic places, the Chapel of Bones, entirely made with monk bones lifted from an ancient cemetery. Onwards, you will travel towards the border between Portugal and Spain, to discover Monsaraz Castle, and explore its medieval streets surrounded by stunning views of the Alentejo plains, where you can also see the largest artificial river beach in Europe, the Alqueva.

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While Sintra is at the top of the list for Lisbon day tours, I highly recommend considering this if you have an extra day to tour. Evora was the morning stop, with the roman temple, chapel of bones, and cathedral. You can actually walk on the roof of the cathedral for some great views of the surrounding area. We continued to Monsaraz, near the border with Spain, to experience this old walled city in relative quiet. Lunch was there in a nice local restaurant (Xarez) with gorgeous views, followed by the wine tasting (Ervideira winery) with generous pours. Enjoy the ride back through Portugal's agricultural region ... maybe snooze a bit of the wine off too. :) Our guide (Alex) made the trip all the more enjoyable with good conversation and side notes.

My husband and I ended up as the only two tourists for this small group guided tour. Our guide Rodrigo is very patient and kept a good company with us. He’s very knowledgeable and we learned a lot of history and site background information from him. We even had a nice lunch in a Michelin restaurant. The overall experience is excellent

An interesting experience. The guide was very helpfull and took our preferences into account. I will certanly reccomend to those who love history

It was an amazing experience! The guide was very friendly and helpful!

Loved my trip. Interesting day trip with a great guide.