People often say Évora is the centre of Alentejo because of its location but mainly because of its History -- with over 5,000 years, its historical significance sets the pace of the city and the region.

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. 

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. 

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Things to do (3)

In Évora's historic centre you'll find traces of the past preserved until the present time.

Location

Centre

Évora

Know the region

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.  

"In 1986, Évora was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its historic centre keeps centuries-old secrets. Roman traces, medieval buildings, churches, convents, palaces, and small whitewashed houses with terracotta rooftops and terraces decorated with flowers are part of the city’s historical richness."

Accommodations (4)

Accommodation
Évora
Herdade da Calada
from € 100.00

Eduardo Cardeal
E. Cardeal
Herdade da Calada
Accommodation
Évora
Convento do Espinheiro Historic Hotel & Spa
from € 139.00

Filipa Oliveira
F. Oliveira
Convento do Espinheiro
Accommodation
Évora
Vitória Stone Hotel
from € 70.00

Luís Cabeça
L. Cabeça
Vitória Stone Hotel
Accommodation
Évora
Imani Country House
from € 145.00

Cláudia, Vera e André
C. André
Imani Country House

Metaphor for life

"I see ballooning as a metaphor for life: we know where we came from, but we never know where we’ll get to. We can influence a little, choose the altitude and give directions, but we can never turn back. We’re always moving forward, and each landing is different."
Nelson Baestlé
Baloníssimo

Guardians (11)

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Évora

Nelson Baestlé

Baloníssimo

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Évora

Cláudia, Vera e André

Imani Country House

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Évora

João Rosado e
Liliana Rosado

Azeite Amor é Cego

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Évora

Filipa Oliveira

Convento do Espinheiro

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Évora

Ana Resende

SkyDive Portugal

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Évora

Rita Simão

Restaurante Café Alentejo

Things to do (3)

Thing to do
Évora
Balonissimo
from € 160.00

Nelson Baestlé
N. Baestlé
Baloníssimo
Thing to do
Évora
Herdade da Calada
from € 7.50

Eduardo Cardeal
E. Cardeal
Herdade da Calada
Thing to do
Évora
Azeite Amor é Cego
from € 12.00

João Rosado
J. Rosado
Azeite Amor é Cego

Tours (8)

Tour
Perfect Trilogy: Wine, Food, and Fun
6 stops
3 Days from € 241.00
Tour
3 stops
Grape: from Fruit to Wine
5 Hours
from € 36.00
Tour
3 stops
Fun in Alqueva
5 Hours
from € 47.00
Tour
3 stops
The Excellence of Alentejo Culture
8.5 Hours
from € 75.00
Tour
3 stops
Refuge from the Routine
2 Days
from € 123.45
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