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From Lisbon: Évora and Monsaraz Day Tour with Wine Tasting

1. 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.

From Lisbon: Full Day Évora Tour with Lunch

2. From Lisbon: Full Day Évora Tour with Lunch

Begin the tour at Giraldo Square, the living center of Évora, full of architectural styles, from Moorish arches lined up in the Square, to the fountains of the Renaissance and the Gothic church of São Francisco. Enjoy some free time to taste a regional sweet. Then head to one of the major landmarks in Portugal, the Roman temple, also known as the Temple of Diana. Its powerful front with 14 columns in well-preserved granite astonishes those who see it for the first time. Next, you can explore the Bones Chapel if you wish. For some people, it is a dark place, for others a fascinating space consisting of hundreds of skulls and skeletons from about 5000 monks of the sixteenth century. There are also two intact corpses exposed in the chapel, so it is not a visit for sensitive people. At lunchtime, dine in one of the best Evora restaurants. Then go to the Cathedral of Evora, a Roman-Gothic church from the XIII century where you can climb the tower and get a breathtaking view of the city and the fields surrounding it. With its unique climate conditions, the vineyards of the region produce some of the best Portuguese wines. You will go to a farm where you can taste the best Alentejo has to offer. On the way back to Lisbon stop in Arraiolos and marvel at its magnificent castle wall and the famous carpets of Arraiolos. You can see firsthand how they are manually produced and grab yourself a souvenir.

Évora Private Day Trip from Lisbon with Wine Tasting

3. 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.

From Lisbon: Private Customized Small-Group Tour to Evora

4. From Lisbon: Private Customized Small-Group Tour to Evora

Discover the wonders of the ancient city of Evora on this customized tour. Want to see the finest Gothic building in Portugal? Then visit the 13th-Century Cathedral of Evora. Stop off where you like and see the sights you want to at your own pace. Start off your sightseeing experience with a pickup from your driver, jump in the car and enjoy the ride. Immerse yourself in this old but vibrant city, known for its cobbled streets, medieval palaces, and plazas, all within its ancient walls. Visit The Roman Temple of Évora, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Want to see something chilling? Be sure to stop at the Church of St Francis. The eerie Bones Chapel is decorated with human bones and skulls, which will send shivers down your spine.

Évora & Alentejo Wine Tour Full-Day Private Tour

5. Évora & Alentejo Wine Tour Full-Day Private 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 head to Saint Francis Church with the "Bones Chapel", or Capela dos Ossos, which is completely decorated with human bones. Don't miss the University of Évora, a former Jesuit college built by Cardinal-King Henrique in 1559. 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, head to the Herdade do Esporão (near Reguengos de Monsaraz) to visit an important wine cellars in Portugal.

Evora and Monsaraz: Wine and Gastronomy Tour

6. Evora and Monsaraz: Wine and Gastronomy Tour

The city of Évora counts back thousands of years of history. You will be taken you to see the city highlights and hear its 1,001 stories. You will definitely appreciate the beauty of this magical city. The historical center will come as a complete surprise. Inhabited since immemorial times, it is still possible to appreciate Roman remains, surrounded by medieval buildings. After visiting the historical center, the cathedral and the Bones Chapel, you will head to Alentejo to a beautiful local winery for a wine tasting. Sample regional products such as fresh bread, cheese, cooked meats, and jam. After lunch, head to the village of Monsaraz village, a fortified settlement established in the Copper Age. Admire the influence of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam in the architecture and traditions of this ancient village that has been inhabited by members of these three religions.

From Lisbon: Évora Private Historic Discovery Tour

7. From Lisbon: Évora Private Historic Discovery Tour

This tour is designed for history lovers and will show you the city’s varied collection of historic landmarks. After relaxing on the trip (1 hour 30 minutes) from Lisbon to Évora, you reach this UNESCO World Heritage city. You'll be transported back to Roman times, then past the Moorish occupations, all the way through the middle ages, and then back to today's Portugal. You'll discover the history of the Roman Temple, often incorrectly referred to as the Temple of Diana. You will also enter the famous Sé Cathedral, the largest medieval cathedral of Portugal. It was built between 1186 and 1204 and was only finished to its final beauty in 1250. Your guide will show you the cloister, basilica and then you will go all the way up to the rooftop to have a fantastic birds-eye-view over the whole city. Then you will explore the creepy Bone Chapel, with its carefully arranged skulls and bones of about 5000 people that cover the walls and columns. It is supposed to make visitors reflect on the inevitable facts of life and death. Make sure you look up at the inscription on the entrance, which reads: "We bones that here are, await for yours." As well as the above sites, you'll also have the chance to stroll along the Giraldo Square and discover many other historic details of this city and see the locals way of life. Not to forget, you should try some of the simple local gastronomic specialties if you get hungry. At the end of the tour, you'll be driven back to Lisbon.

Évora: City Highlights Private Half-Day Walking Tour

8. Évora: City Highlights Private Half-Day Walking Tour

Join your guide as you explore the historical treasures of Evora which have survived for centuries. See the cathedral, one of Evora's top attractions, built between 1186 and 1204. Discover the Roman Temple, one of the best preserved Roman monuments on the Iberian Peninsula. Explore the Praca do Giraldo, the town's lively main square, and visit the historical university founded in 1559. See St. Francis Church with its Bone Chapel, the local market, and Portugal's famous cork products, such as bags, shoes, and wallets.

Évora: Guided Tour and Learn to Embroider a Rug

9. Évora: Guided Tour and Learn to Embroider a Rug

Go back in time and visit the 1st century Roman Temple and the Evora Cathedral. Explore the São Francisco Church that houses the chilling Chapel of Bones and find out what gave the city the UNESCO World Heritage status on this guided walking tour with a local expert. Enjoy free time for lunch and then head to Arraiolos, a sunny village that developed on the side of the castle. Known for its embroidered rugs with centuries of history, the rugs are handmade by embroiderers in a tradition that has been passed down over 500 years. You will learn to embroider your own Arraiolos rug step by step with a local embroiderer. In the workshop, you will be given the kit with all the necessary material to start your rug and help from your guide and the embroiderer, whilst gaining some insider knowledge about the region. Trip Itinerary • Departure at 8:30 at Hotel/Accommodation in Lisbon • Visit the Roman Temple • Visit the Cathedral of Evora • Visit the Praça do Giraldo (Giraldo Square) • Visit the Chapel of Bones • Learn to embroider your own arraiolos rug step by step with a local embroiderer • Visit the Arraiolos rugs Interpretive Center • Visit the Arraiolos Castle • Return to Lisbon

Lisbon: Alentejo to Évora E-bike Tour and Wine Tasting

10. Lisbon: Alentejo to Évora E-bike Tour and Wine Tasting

This e-bike daytrip starts with a transfer (approx 1h30) to Arraiolos where the bike route begins. This guided tour will go through a typical rural village of Arraiolos known for its carpet tradition and you will visit the Castle of Arraiolos, with its magnificent walls still intact. You will then explore the rural area in an old railway converted into a cycle path on the way to Evora where you will have lunch (not included). In Evora you will see the roman, christian and moor traces still present in one the most important cities in the Iberian Peninsula. To finish off you will have a wine tasting just outside the city in a small winemaker that won the 2020 year wine producer award. The car will be waiting for you after this wine tasting experience for your way back to Lisbon. This route is around 35 kms and you will have high-end Bosch electric motor e-bike for a very relaxed experience in a flat and easy terrain.

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What people are saying about Cathedral of Évora

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 27 reviews

We enjoyed a terrific day tour to Evora with our guide Joao Dickmann. Joao was super engaging, easy to converse with and extremely knowledgeable about all things Portugal including Evora history and the wonderful sights we experienced there representing Roman times, to the Moors and finally Portuguese rule. The van was spotlessly clean and very comfortable and the trip each way was 1 hour plus. Memorable sights included the city hall with Roman ruins, Giraldo main square, the Roman temple, walls and aqueduct, Se cathedral and the bone chapel. We enjoyed a simple and delicious lunch of a traditional bifana sandwich followed by rich and tasty local desserts at Pastelaria Conventual Pão de Rala. I highly recommend this tour, you will love it!

This was the first tour on our vacation and we have a perfect day in Evora with a delicious lunch. Our guide was very helpful and accommodating when our schedule had changed as well. Would recommend this tour.

Wonderful tour with our guide Rodrigo. Did wine testing at lovely Monsaraz near the Spanish border. Evora was amazing, great food, beautiful churches and Roman temple. Highly recommend

Esuardo was a great tour guide. the tour of Evora was very good, with a visit to the chapel of bones highly recommended. the wine tasting and lunch was also of a high standard.

I loved it! Maria is an excellent tour guide!!! Congratulations!