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.
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.
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. …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Igreja e Antigo Convento de Nossa Senhora do Espinheiro
The church underwent several improvements. From the fifteen hundreds primitive outline e from the manueline reform it only remains two apse chapels from the transept and traces from the primitive polygonal apse. On the inside it has a nave covered …
Arco Romano de Dona Isabel
Stone arch that corresponds to one of the doors of the roman city of Évora.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Where to eat in Évora
A welcoming and friendly restaurant with well prepared, delicious regional ishes. Rustic deecor and…
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.
O restaurante Origens fica a meio caminho da Praça do Giraldo e do Templo de Diana, no centro histó…
A high level restaurant, where dishes of the Alentejo region are excellently prepared. It has a typ…
Author, Portuguese, Vegetarian
The restaurant degust'ar is inserted into the Hotel M'ar De AR Aqueduto, Evora. Chef António Nobre …
A typical tavern of the Alentejo region with regional tableware. It is known for its quality region…
Conveniently located in the historic centre of Évora, the building of Fundação Eugénio de Almeida, …
Contemporary, Portuguese, Vegetarian
Inserted in the old wine cellar of the convent of Hawthorn, the elegant restaurant Divinus provides…
As one arrives at the Mouraria Street, one should look for the number 16, obviously a restaurant. W…
Where to sleep in Évora
Inaugurado em maio de 2015, é a segunda aposta do grupo Vila Galé no Alentejo. Depois do Clube de Campo, em Beja, era imperativo entrar no segmento dos hotéis …
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…
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…