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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 tour of Évora and the Megaliths of the Cromeleque dos Almendres. Following pickup from your hotel in Lisbon, make your way to Évora, the historic capital of the Alentejo. Start the day with a tour of the Almendres Cromlech. Older than Stonehenge, this megalithic complex reveals some of the secrets of ancient civilizations and their knowledge of astronomy. Admire the circle of stones, mysteriously aligned with the sun and stars. Next, explore the UNESCO-classified city center of Évora. See remnants from Roman through Renaissance times. Visit the Temple of Diana and learn how cork is extracted from Cork Oak Trees. Visit the medieval Évora Cathedral and climb to the roof to admire the golden plains surrounding the city. Continue to the Renaissance Church of St. Francis to see the Chapel of Bones, covered in human skulls and bones, before returning to Lisbon.

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.

From Lisbon: Full Day Évora Tour with Lunch

4. 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

5. 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 Lisboa: Evora & Monsaraz Full-Day Tour

6. From Lisboa: Evora & Monsaraz Full-Day Tour

This tour will take you to Évora, a world heritage site, where medieval streets, palaces, and beautiful typical Portuguese houses coexist. Start the tour to the south, passing over the 25th April bridge at Lisbon also known as the Golden Gate replica, and use the opportunity to visit the iconic Christ King, with the best views over the city of Lisbon. On arrival at Évora, beside the Historical Centre, there are nearby a lot of interesting points to visit, such as Evora's Roman Temple, the Cathedral, Saint Francis church, King Manuel Royal Palace, the local market, and one of the most famous and iconic places, the Chapel of Bones, entirely made with monk bones lifted from an ancient cemetery. Onwards, you will travel towards the border between Portugal and Spain, to discover Monsaraz Castle, and explore its medieval streets surrounded by stunning views of the Alentejo plains, where you can also see the largest artificial river beach in Europe, the Alqueva.

From Lisbon: Private Customized Small-Group Tour to Evora

7. 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.

Evora and Megalithic Circuit 10 Hour Private Tour

8. 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.

From Lisbon: Évora Private Historic Discovery Tour

9. 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 & Alentejo Wine Tour Full-Day Private Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Cathedral of Évora

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While Sintra is at the top of the list for Lisbon day tours, I highly recommend considering this if you have an extra day to tour. Evora was the morning stop, with the roman temple, chapel of bones, and cathedral. You can actually walk on the roof of the cathedral for some great views of the surrounding area. We continued to Monsaraz, near the border with Spain, to experience this old walled city in relative quiet. Lunch was there in a nice local restaurant (Xarez) with gorgeous views, followed by the wine tasting (Ervideira winery) with generous pours. Enjoy the ride back through Portugal's agricultural region ... maybe snooze a bit of the wine off too. :) Our guide (Alex) made the trip all the more enjoyable with good conversation and side notes.

My husband and I ended up as the only two tourists for this small group guided tour. Our guide Rodrigo is very patient and kept a good company with us. He’s very knowledgeable and we learned a lot of history and site background information from him. We even had a nice lunch in a Michelin restaurant. The overall experience is excellent

An interesting experience. The guide was very helpfull and took our preferences into account. I will certanly reccomend to those who love history

It was an amazing experience! The guide was very friendly and helpful!

Loved my trip. Interesting day trip with a great guide.