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This is a delightfully preserved medieval town. Roam around the 14th century walls and narrow winding lanes, marvel at the architecture and ancient buildings, and enjoy the pseudo-feeling of constantly being in an open-air museum.

Se Cathedral

This is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and contains a rare effigy of her heavily pregnant, displayed at the altar. There's a panoramic rooftop accessible via the bell tower.

St Francis Church/Chapel of Bones

Not for the faint hearted, the remains of more than 5,000 of Évora’s past inhabitants are cemented to the walls of this large, eerie 16th-century tomb, created by a group of Franciscan monks. This is one of the best-preserved Roman temples remaining on the European mainland. The Temple of Diana is here too.

Almendres Cromlech

These mysterious megalithic structures date back to 3000-4000 BC. It's thought the site was built as a religious or ceremonial monument, or as a primitive astronomical observatory.

Roman Temple of Évora

Also known as 'Temple of Diana' after the goddess Diana, was actually originally erected in homage to Augustus. Fourteen original granite Corinthian columns remain.

Agua de Prata Aqueduct

Built for survival, the great 16th century aqueduct provided clean drinking water to Evora by connecting the city to the nearest constant flowing river. 

Street Markets

There's so many to explore! Try out the municipal market which offers miles of fresh produce. Book lovers should go to the Livraria Nazareth or the Livraria Som das Letras.

Universidade de Évora

A renowned place of learning since 1559, check out the marvelous gleaming tiles depicting Plato lecturing to disciples and Aristotle teaching Alexander.

Planning Your Evora Visit

Is there much else to do other than delve in to history?

Yes, the public gardens of Jardim Publico are a lovely spot to pass the time calmly and stroll around. Plus you can go on cruises and indulge in some watersports in the Alqueva reservoir. You can also go to nearby towns Montemor-o-Novo and Arraiolos. A day trip to Lisbon is also viable -- just 80 miles away!

Is there good public tranpsort available to get to other towns?

There are a couple of nearby towns that are also worth seeing, however public transportation is not great since its a rural area. It's best to plan ahead and check bus times if you're going elsewhere.

Good to Know

  • Language
    Portuguese
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +351
  • Best time to visit
    You are guaranteed sunny and warm days at most times during the year. Summer can be very hot, so if you want to enjoy the outdoors in a cooler climate, visit in spring when the landscape is green and full of color. Keep in mind, most museums and tourist attractions are closed on Mondays.

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What People Are Saying About Evora

Great fun day! Our guide Carlos did a wonderful job. Thank you!

Carlos did an outstanding job on probably the hottest day ever! The town of Evora was great and the winery was a fun experience. afterwards we went to Cabo de Roca and past the Estoril coast. Overall a fun-filled day! Thanks to our guide Carlos!

Jorge is an excellent guide and he gave us more then what we excepted.

Buy this excursion it's a great deal. The tourism office must share the informations about this tour. They didn't know.

Évora Bird-Watching Half-Day Tour Reviewed by Helerine, 07/17/2016

fantastic trip with a wonderful and caring guide ( thanks to Diogo)

we had a great time with Diogo, showing us around, explaining everything, taking care for all special wishes and Needs of our Group. I would highly recommend trips with Sintra Magic through get your guide!

Packed day full of variety and lead by really informative Guides.

We knew roughly what we would be seeing in Evora but the day proved even more interesting. So many different historical time scales. The Megaliths/Dolmen/Stone Circles. Roman, Medieval etc. Guides very easy to get on with and well informed. A great day, very relaxed , even although the weather wasn't great. If we had more time we would do another tour. Would certainly recommend this to our friends. Many thanks.

Évora and Megaliths Full-Day Private Tour from Lisbon Reviewed by Christine, 05/13/2016

Excellent and Professional Service that is dedicated to your desires

Joel who spoke excellent English designed a great alternative tour when it became obvious that my wife and I were not comfortable with the crowds we encountered. I had originally designed a tour with two stops at some distance apart. Our first venue was quiet and peaceful, a delight for us. Due to a national holiday, the second venue was very congested. Joel had warned us that it would be, but I did not want to hear the message. When it became apparent that Joel was correct, I asked for a recommendation that would be more to our liking. He, on the spot, arranged a great venue including food (lunch overlooking the beach) that be came the highlight of our tour. When we have the opportunity to get back to Lisbon, we will use him again.

Private Full-Day Tailored Tours from Lisbon Reviewed by Robert, 04/26/2016

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