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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 full-day tour of Évora and the Megaliths of the Cromeleque dos Almendres. Following a pick-up from your hotel in Lisbon, transfer to Évora, historic capital of the Alentejo. Explore the UNESCO classified city center, seeing sights from Roman times to the Renaissance. Go to the Temple of Diana, thought to date back to the 1st century AD. Continue to the Renaissance Church of St. Francis to see the Chapel of Bones (Capela dos Ossos). Marvel at walls covered in human skulls and bones. Wander around Évora Cathedral, and climb its roof to admire the golden plains surrounding the city. Depart Évora for the Roman Villa of Tourega, far off the tourist path. Continue to the Anta Grande do Zambujeiro, the largest and most important megalith dolmen (tomb) on the Iberian Peninsula. Along the way, check out the smaller dolmen of the Anta da Tourega. End the day with a tour of the Almendres Cromlech. Older than Stonehenge, the megalithic complex reveals some of the secrets of ancient civilizations and their knowledge of astronomy. Marvel at the circle of stones, mysteriously aligned with the sun and stars.

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.

Lisbon: Full-Day Évora Wine Tour

3. 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.

Evora and Megalithic Circuit 10 Hour Private Tour

4. Evora and Megalithic Circuit 10 Hour Private Tour

You will travel south from Lisbon crossing the 25 de Abril bridge, and the landscape will begin to change after getting to the Alentejo region. The olive and cork trees, the immense plains, the golden soil, the blue sky… Alentejo will overflow your senses! Firstly, on the tour, you will visit to the Almendres Cromlech, a testimony of pre-historic Human presence in Alentejo.  Next the city of Évora counts thousands of years of history. You will explore the city highlights and discover its one thousand and one stories. You will appreciate the beauty of this magical city. The city holds a historical centre and is a total surprise. Inhabited since time immemorial, it is still possible to appreciate Roman remains, surrounded by medieval buildings. You will observe the historical centre, the Cathedral and the Bones Chapel. Thereafter, you will visit Monsaraz, a beautiful medieval village at the top of a plateau, where you will be able to see the Alentejo magical plain. Discover the joys of Alentejo, the enchanted region of Portugal! Full itinerary is 10 hours. Hotel Pickup; Almendres Cromlech; Evora: Historic Centre; Evora: Roman Temple; Evora: Cathedral; Evora: Bones Chapel; Lunch: Free Time; Monsaraz; Hotel Drop-off.

Évora: Self Guided City Exploration Phone Game

5. Évora: Self Guided City Exploration Phone Game

Discover Evora in your own time with an exploration game on your phone. Solve fascinating riddles and follow clues to uncover the hidden history of this beautiful city.  Learn about fourteen different locations, including the Cathedral of Évora. Search on your own or race against your friends through the UNESCO World Heritage Listed center of the city. Find your way to the Templo Romano Évora and the gruesome Chapel of Bones. You can guess what it’s made of to get that name.

From Lisbon: Évora Portuguese Heritage Small-Group Day Tour

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

Delve deep into Portuguese heritage on our exclusive rural van tour, stopping off at some of the most important cultural sites on the way. We will pick you up from your hotel at the designated time. On this tour, immerse yourself in the real Portugal, with its magnificent patchwork plains of vineyards and grain fields. See the olive trees from which the famous Portuguese olive oil is pressed and the endangered cork trees from which the famous Portuguese Cork is harvested. Visit the oldest stone circle in Southern Europe in the city of Évora, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see the Roman temple and enter the famous Chapel of Bones. This is the biggest Gothic Cathedral in Portugal and is one of the most impressive works of architecture of its kind.

Évora Private Day Trip from Lisbon with Wine Tasting

7. 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.

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.

From Lisbon: Full-Day Évora and Almendres Cromlech Tour

9. From Lisbon: Full-Day Évora and Almendres Cromlech Tour

Évora is the capital of the Upper Alentejo, an old city surrounded by crenellated walls, where you'll still find alive the remains of Roman presence, Arab culture and Portuguese history spanning across the last 900 years. A royal residence for long periods, Évora still keeps the glamour of the best aristocratic architecture from the 16th and 17th centuries. Tens of monuments can be explored and discovered inside the ancient medieval city featured with twisted alleyways ripped in the urban mesh of whitewashed houses with ocher painted strips. Évora is known as the Portuguese Museum City and was classified as a World Heritage Site in 1986. On this trip, you'll explore monumental Évora on a guided tour where the main monuments will be visited, like the Roman Temple and Bathes, the Gothic Cathedral, the St. Francis Church and its Chapel of Bones, the Giraldo Square, the Mudejar styled Chapel of St. Brás and much more. Walking around the city, you'll feel the history in every corner, square and alleyway. Visit the town of Arraiolos, wind up to its medieval castle and appreciate the traditional handmade embroidered rugs in famous specialized shops. Traveling in the surroundings of Évora, you can admire the beautiful landscape of the Alentejo region featured with plains, cork tree forests, olive tree groves, whitewashed houses and the bluer blue sky of Portugal. The tour begins at 08:45 and finishes about 9 hours later at your hotel.

Évora Private Tour from Lisbon

10. Évora Private Tour from Lisbon

You will be picked up in Lisbon in the morning. Take a journey from Lisbon to Évora passing by the iconic Alentejo landscape with its lowlands full of cork trees and white washed houses. Visit Évora surrounded by medieval walls. The city is a World Heritage Site - also called the "City Museum" because of the ancient artistic manifestations found in its inner walls. During your visit you'll get to see the admirable "Capela dos Ossos" (Bone Chapel), the Roman Temple in the Iberian Peninsula, and the cathedral. In Évora, you'll be able to taste the most genuine flavors of typical Portuguese cuisine with some of the best wines and olive oils of the country. Your guide knows the best places to find these. While you walk the narrow and charming streets of Évora you'll get to shop for hand-made products on the street markets, discovering an abundance of goods made with the region's famous cork and clay. In the evening you will be taken back to your accommodation in Lisbon. 

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What people are saying about Chapel of Bones

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 217 reviews

So glad we took this tour to the Alentejo region. Our guide, Marco, was terrific. He was flexible, friendly and informative. He stopped for us first at the "Stonehenge" of the Alentejo, which was most interesting, then we toured Evora with its interesting cathedral. Also had an excellent lunch there. Then on to Monsaraz, which is a beautiful spot high on a hill, all whitewashed buildings, with an amazing 360-degree view. The wine tasting was excellent, and we had time for a little shopping as well. A long but very rewarding day!

We had a wonderful trip with Marcus as our guide. He was very friendly and knowledgeable, and provided lots of information about the culture and history of the locations in Evora and Monsaraz. The Chapel of Bones was a big hit with our 11-year old. We had a great lunch in Evora at a restaurant that Marcus recommended. Overall an engaging day with opportunity to see some new areas in Portugal.

We did this trip and our guide was Nuno. He was very passionate about Portugal and all it has to offer. He was engaging and knowledgeable with the content. The bone church was amazing and the Roman ruins were really cool to see. We were not rushed and it was a nice relaxing day. We had a great experience Would recommend this trip to others!

This was a fun trip. A bit of a ride out there but great to get out of lisbon and see the country side.

Nonu, our guide, was amazing! We were picked up on time and had a great time.