It's one of the oldest cities in Europe and one of the most visited ones in the country, but its authenticity is loyal to the tradition it carries and represents.
Wandering its streets is immersing yourself in its culture. An open-air museum where you feel the present with the intensity of a capital city. In each monument, each tavern, and each person you meet and that proudly welcomes you, you’ll discover Alentejo one-on-one.
The city of Évora is less than two hours from Lisbon, in the vast Alentejo plains. A vital link in connecting and communicating between regions, it's considered the centre of Alentejo and the perfect city to discover the local History.
You’re welcomed into the city long before you arrive. The journey confirms our imagined Alentejo with a landscape marked by vineyards, olive groves, and cork trees.
One of the oldest European cities, in Évora's historic centre you'll find traces of the past preserved until the present time and uniquely beautiful: palaces, convents, squares, and churches at every corner.
It's impossible to not feel the city's importance and the weight of its History.
Some of the must-see heritage monuments include the impressive Capela dos Ossos (Bone Chapel), the ancient Templo de Diana (Roman Temple), and the Aqueduto da Água de Prata (Aqueduct). The museums Museu de Évora, Museu de Arte Sacra da Sé, and Museu das Carruagens also keep some of the untold secrets.
It’s impossible to not feel the city’s importance and the weight of its History, but in Évora there is also room to live the present and think of the future. At the handicrafts and design museum Museu do Artesanato e do Design de Évora or in the many shops scattered around the city, discover the very best of the Alentejo handicrafts. The Universidade de Évora (Évora University) also plays a part in the city’s young energy and bustle. Every year it welcomes thousands of students from all over the country that rejuvenate the area.
One of Alentejo’s greatest assets is the cuisine and in Évora you’ll find some of the most iconic traditional restaurants in the area. This is the perfect city for foodies and an open window to the flavours and fragrances that mark the Alentejo cuisine. Dishes like açorda (soup), ensopado de Borrego (lamb stew), sopa de cação (dogfish soup), and game dishes are the symbol of Alentejo and a delight for those who enjoy great food.
In the outskirts of the city, the natural heritage lures you into new adventures in inspiring landscapes and at the many Alentejo towns around worth a visit. The Cromeleque dos Almendres, a megalithic monument at the parish of Nossa Senhora da Guadalupe, is one of the most important monuments of its kind in Europe, and a testimony of the region's archaeological richness.
Imani Country House
Vitória Stone Hotel
Convento do Espinheiro Historic Hotel & Spa
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Herdade de Coelheiros
Azeite Amor é Cego
Herdade da Calada
Grape: from Fruit to Wine
Exploring Alentejo’s Outdoors
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