Évora

The monuments found in Évora tell the story of this town-museum. In 1986 it was classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site due to its immense legacy and historical wealth. A stroll through the historic center of Évora reveals the Roman presence at Praça do Giraldo, the metropolis most important monument throughout all times, because it was here that everything took place. Also the Arco de Dona Isabel is one of the many traces of the Roman occupation. The noble manors and palaces tell the life story of Évora's aristocracy, that once lived here. The local gastronomy has deep roots. On a visit to this city you also get to meet the traditional cuisine, with dishes such as pork and lamb stew, served with bread and washed down with plenty of olive oil. The lamb stew, soup of cation and game dishes are part of the menu of local restaurants. The desserts are the conventual sweets, such as the barrigas de freira (porridge made with bread crumbles, almonds and cinnamon). After Coimbra, Évora is the city with the second oldest university of the country, which was founded in 1559. It had a turbulent history that caused it to be dismissed, due to the expulsion of the Jesuits, and it was only reopened in 1973. One of the ex-libris of the city, and classified as a national monument, is the Temple of Diana. The temple dedicated to the goddess Diana has two thousand years and its ruins are considered to be the best-preserved of the Iberian Peninsula. The Museu de Carruagens (Carriage Museum) and the Museum of Évora are also great starting points for a visit to the city. And, without forgetting the patrimonial wealth, you should also visit: the Convent of Loios, the Aqueduct of Água de Prata, the Tower of Sertório, the Chapel of Nossa Senhora do Espinheiro and Sertório.

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Blessed Rest: Sleeping in Old Convents

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Where to eat in Évora

Where to sleep in Évora

Convento do Espinheiro
Convento do Espinheiro

5 star

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Imani Country House
Imani Country House

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Pousada Convento de Évora
Pousada Convento de Évora

Historic inn

Inn set on a former convent from the XV century offering repose in a genuine monastic atmosphere, enjoying all the comfort and hospitable tradition. It has vie…

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Vila Viçosa

Vila Viçosa


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Portel

Portel


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Arraiolos

Arraiolos


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Mora

Mora


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