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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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The itinerary was very interesting and our guide Manuel was excellent!

Manuel was very attentive without being overbearing. He is knowledgeable about his country and made our day quite enjoyable.

Évora Full-Day Tour with Wine Tasting from Lisbon Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 10/08/2018

The guides were so well educated and informative- so kind!

The weather was horrible for this tour - pouring rain, gale force winds and freezing but Jose and Antonio were friendly, easy to talk to and taught us so much about Portugal.

Half-Day Tour of the Cork Forest, Cromlech & Dolmen Reviewed by MaryLou, 15/03/2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Evora with Carlos.

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Evora with Carlos. He was able to give us lots of really interesting background information on the places that we visited, and made the day good fun too!

Évora Full-Day Tour with Wine Tasting from Lisbon Reviewed by Catherine, 21/07/2017

A perfect way to experience almost EVERYTHING in one trip!

My fiancée and I very much enjoyed this trip as we were not only able to visit Evora and a fabulous vineyard, but also learned so much about the country of Portugal and its history on our ride up with Carlos! The tour started from the moment we stepped in the vehicle as we learned about all of the sights along the way. He was so informative and very charismatic. His passion for this country is so beautiful and I was moved to tears by his explanations standing in the cathedral. It was so humbling to me. We left in the morning as strangers for a city that I knew so little about, and returned to our hotel feeling like family in a country we have grown to love so quickly. We highly recommend Carlos from Celina Tours! And we will be back for sure!

Very Friendly and Informative. Excellent.

We knew almost nothing about cork and cork production, so decided to find out more. We could not have made a better choice. Our guides were friendly, humorous and very knowledgeable. They took us in an open-topped vintage Land-Rover all over Phillip's cork forest and vineyards, explaining many aspects of each and answering our endless questions. Water was provided, and we stopped at various places in the forest to learn about cork oaks of different ages, their care and cultivation, how the bark is removed and with what tools, what happens to it next and so on. At the end we were treated to three of the estate's oen wines, a rosé, a white and a red, and we were given the three opened bottles to take away. All in all a great experience with genuine working farm and people. Nothing whatever artificial or theatrical here.