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.
What to do in Évora
Capela dos Ossos
One of the symbols of Évora, the Capela dos Ossos lies in the interior of the Church of San Francisco and was built in the 17th century. The walls lined with bones and skulls-estimated at 5000-intend to convey the message of the transience of life.
Paços de Évora / Palácio de Dom Manuel
The Ladies gallery is what remains from this Palace which was built by the Avis dynasty during the 16th century in Gothic – renaissance style. Gil Vicente has represented seven of his Acts in this Palace dedicated to the Queens Dona Maria de Castela and Dona Catarina da Àustria.
Cromeleque dos Almendres
Cromlech megalithic architecture characteristic of region of Évora. Consists of two sets of menhirs arranged in concentric circles. Are classified as Property in the public interest.
Centro Histórico de Évora
The typical houses are made of bricks, painted in white, with granitic structures and little decoration. In the town-planning, you can see the central area, delimitated by the old roman wall, around the ancient forum, that is used still today for religious, administrative and cultural purposes.
Sé de Évora
The Cathedral of Évora is a Romam- Gothic construction from the 12th and 13th centuries. It’s a large and imposing temple with three naves ending in a transept with an ogival cloister dated from the 14th century. The main entrance is decorated with sculptures representing the Apostles. The inside of the temple is dated from the 17th and 18th centuries. …
Templo Romano de Évora/ Templo de Diana
The Roman temple of Diana is the ex-libris of the city of Évora. It has 14 granite columns, with the bases and capitals made of Estremoz marble.
Aqueduto da Água da Prata
This is a renaissance work, planned by Fransico de Arruda. It is a granite aqueduct, with a tower baring the image of a saint standing out.
Mosteiro da Cartuxa
16th century convent which preserves the two-storey cloister rectangular plant. The Church, designed by Afonso Álvares, is a single nave covered with tiles. Are to point out a burial headstone and a 16th century sculpture representing St. Bacchus.
Capela e Claustro da Mitra / Convento do Bom Jesus de Valverde
By Manuel Pires, a 16th-century space, with a porch arches based, being the Church in Greek cross with five octagonal chapels. It has a cloister of square plan. Belonged to the former convent of Bom Jesus da Ordem dos Capuchos.
Casa de Garcia de Resende
XVI century work, this house belonged to the chapel of the majorat of Resende. On the upper floor it has big granite window.
Castelo de Valongo
Medieval castle dating from 1283. In the 15th century the keep underwent some changes and, in the 19th century, it was acquired by its current owners. The architecture is both civil and military, with Gothic and Manueline influences.
Chafariz da Praça de Giraldo
The fountain, a work of the architect Afonso Álvares, was built in the XVI century. It is made of white marble ending with a crown of bronze and eight ajutages. The tradition says these eight ajutages correspond to the eight …
Chafariz das Portas de Moura
The fountain has two cups set on regional marble steps. It is quadrangular with a sphere in the centre and four ajutages.
Pousada dos Lóios | Antigo Convento dos Lóios
This convent was founded in 1485 as pantheon of d. Rodrigo Melo, the high usher of King d. Afonso v. is a specimen of the Gothic-Manueline architecture, of Arabic influence. On the façade is Gothic and neoclassical elements can be …
Edifício do Colégio do Espírito Santo
16th century building of quadrangular, preserves, with the original proportions, the cloisters. The Baroque façade of the room of the acts covered by 17th tiles and classrooms with the respective chairs and tile historian of the 18th century. The classification …
Ermida de São Brás
Is a 15th-century temple, being built on the initiative of Dom João II. The galilé consists of Gothic arches, representing faithfully the primitive Temple. Inside, yet, you can observe some panels of painting over the altar, two of them illustrating …
Igreja da Misericórdia de Évora
This church underwent major changes in the 18th century, this time the main façade with a portal. It is a church of a single nave, wide and has no chancel. Has tile and oil paintings of Francisco Xavier de Castro. …
Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Graça
Church, mainly granitic construction, having the ends male figures like newts. The Bell Tower has three bells in a row.
Igreja de Santo Antão
This oeuvre was done by Manuel Pires on the 16th century. The façade crowning was done on the 18th century. The inside is composed by three naves.
Igreja de São Francisco | Capela dos Ossos
This construction from the 15th century has undergone some improvements. The portico which dates from the 16th century, it is an example from the manueline – mudejar style. This church is composed by one only nave with a Latin cross …
Igreja dos Lóios / Igreja de São João Envagelista
Built on the 15th century this church was Family Melo´s pantheon. The church and the cloister are gothic and the chapter room is Manueline. The inside is covered with 18th century glazed tiles.
Igreja e Convento de Santa Helena do Monte do Calvário
This convent was founded in 1570 by Infant D. Maria of Portugal. It should be mentioned the church with one only nave, covered with tiles from the XVIII century and the two floors cloister with rectangular plan and simple lines.
Muralhas de Évora / Cerca Medieval ou Cerca Nova
The mediaeval city enclosure was defined by the towers and the walls from the 14th and 15th century. Presently there still exist the towers from some doors such as Avis, Baluarte and S. Bartolomeu, Public garden, Aqueduct, Rampa dos Colegiais, …
Paço de S. Miguel - Fundação Eugénio Almeida
This palace in castle shape has manifested Italian influences in the main body, which is a 16th century construction from where an elegant Renaissance loggia stands out on the frontage and on the shed galleys on the back door. It …
Porta de Avis
This is an ancient medieval door rebuilt in 1804. On the “inside” of the city, it is a white portal with yellow outline, and “outside” it is a stone portal, Manueline style. It is one of the doors of the …
Villa Romana de Nossa Senhora do Tourega
This Roman villa is located on a small elevation, along the ribeira de Valverde, 12 kilometers from Evora. There was the former municipal headquarters, Liberalitas Ebora Iulia. To the East of the building there is a large tank whose main …
Pastelaria Conventual Pão de Rala
A house where you may find the typical pastry of this region, such as the famous conventual sweets.
Museu de Évora
After a few years of closure for repairs, this space Museum reopened to the public in June 2009. It features permanent and temporary exhibitions, including collections of 15th and 16th century painting, sculptures of the middle ages and the Renaissance. …
Teatro Garcia de Resende
A theatre inaugurated in 1892, with a remarkable theatrical Italian architecture. Besides functioning as a theatre, it also has a theatre school.
Menir dos Almendres
Menhir of enormous dimensions, with about three feet, whose access is protected by a network path. Nearby, olive and sobros lay the path.
Anta Grande do Zambujeiro de Valverde
The burial chamber of unusual size and complex structure runner. This is the largest known tapir, polygonal Chamber with Hall, seven props and TUMULUS. Have been built between 4,000 and 3,500 BC. Here was collected abundant archaeological booty which includes: …
Arco Romano de Dona Isabel
Stone arch that corresponds to one of the doors of the roman city of Évora.
Where to eat in Évora
Author, Portuguese, Vegetarian
The restaurant degust'ar is inserted into the Hotel M'ar De AR Aqueduto, Evora. Chef António Nobre …
Contemporary, Portuguese, Vegetarian
Inserted in the old wine cellar of the convent of Hawthorn, the elegant restaurant Divinus provides…
A high level restaurant, where dishes of the Alentejo region are excellently prepared. It has a typ…
A welcoming and friendly restaurant with well prepared, delicious regional ishes. Rustic deecor and…
A typical tavern of the Alentejo region with regional tableware. It is known for its quality region…
O restaurante Origens fica a meio caminho da Praça do Giraldo e do Templo de Diana, no centro histó…
Conveniently located in the historic centre of Évora, the building of Fundação Eugénio de Almeida, …
An old tavern that looks just like it did in the mid 20th century, where tidbits and traditional di…
A space that features delicious regional dishes and has a good service.
As one arrives at the Mouraria Street, one should look for the number 16, obviously a restaurant. W…
Where to sleep in Évora
The Convento do Espinheiro, A Luxury Collection Hotel & Spa is housed in a former monastery dating from the 15th century, classified as a national monument. T…
Located just an hour from Lisbon and ten minutes of Évora, Imani Country House in Quinta de Montemuro, a farm with unique characteristics in the Alentejo, full…
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…
Vila Viçosa already exists as village since the early days of the Christian Reconquest situated in a Valley, known as Lush. Was in 1270 that Dom Afon…
Being one of the oldest counties of Alentejo, its past is filled with spoils miscellaneous, despite there being many concrete data about the history …
Arraiolos is inserted in the middle of the Alentejo plain, in the district of Évora. Its natural beauty and the famous tapestries of Arraiolos attrac…
Mora is a small municipality in the district of Évora consisting of only four parishes. Its name appeared in 1923. Its past is long and dates back to…