Discover the secrets that guard the walls of the Portuguese city that has a heritage since the Roman Empire.

Located 130 km from Lisbon, the charming Évora shows tourists its trajectory from the times of the Roman Empire, through the Middle Ages to the most recent centuries. considered UNESCO World Heritage Site, has a quiet historic center with narrow streets and monuments.

The city preserves attractions such as the Roman Temple, which dates from the 1st century, but most points of interest were built after the 16th century, when the site became the residence of Portuguese kings. The highlights are the water distribution system called Aqueduto da Água de Prata, the University of Évora, the Church of Santo Antão and Praça de Giraldo.

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Cultural life is also busy, with museums of Sacred Art, Traditional Arts and archeology, in addition to the programming of the Teatro Garcia de Resende, built in the 19th century and an international architectural reference.

For those who want a little adventure, the region offers everything from balloon rides to observe the monuments from above, to parachute jumps.

Things to do in Évora

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Silver Water Aqueduct

It is one of the symbols of the city and was built between 1532 and 1537 with the aim of improving access to water for residents. There are 18km of work that underwent some changes over the centuries, such as the implementation of fountains and fountains.

Giraldo Square

Built in 1573, this is the city's main square and is a tribute to Geraldo Geraldes, who defeated the Moors and conquered Évora in 1167. The place is surrounded by some of the most famous points of the city, such as the Church of Santo Antão, as well shops, bars and restaurants.

Church of Santo Antao

Built in the second half of the 16th century, this church has a marble altar and is one of the most important in the city, dominating the view from one side of Praça Giraldo.

Évora University

The institution has several buildings scattered around the city, but the most famous is the former Colégio do Espírito Santo, which has been headquartered since 1559. The architecture impresses with its arches and the large open courtyard that is in the center of the 4 wings. This is the second oldest university in the country, only behind the University of Coimbra (1537).

Roman temple

The monument is located in the historic center of Évora and dates from the 1st century. Considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the building is preserved today, but over the centuries it has served as a stronghold and even a slaughterhouse.

Chapel of Bones

Located in Praça 1º de Maio, the chapel was built in the 17th century in the Igreja de São Francisco and has some walls covered with human bones. The purpose was to show the fragility and ephemerality of human life, so there is an inscription that reads “we bones that are here, we wait for yours”.

Other places to visit in Évora:

  • Cathedral of Évora
  • Public Library
  • Eugénio de Almeida Art and Culture Center
  • Museum of Sacred Art
  • Traditional Arts Center
  • Carriage Museum
  • Évora Museum
  • Diana's Garden
  • Moura's Doors
  • Avis ports
  • Floor of the Caves
  • Rossio de Sao Bras
  • Fresno route
  • Public garden
  • Garcia de Resende Theater

How to get to Évora

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By airplane

The nearest airport is Humberto Delgado Airport located in Lisbon. From there it is possible to take a bus or train to the city or drive along the A-2 and A-6 roads for about 1h30.

By car

Renting a car in Portugal is a great alternative for those looking for greater autonomy and ease of visiting some cities in the country. It is possible to access the city of Évora from Lisbon (average duration of 1h15m) and through Porto (duration of 4h).

Those coming from Spain can travel the short 100 km stretch between Badajoz and Évora. Now if you are coming from the southern region of Portugal (Algarve, Faro) it is necessary to travel 225 km to the city (duration of 2h30m).

By train

The city of Évora is connected to Lisbon by train. The route takes about 1h30m from Estação do Oriente, Entrecampos, Sete Rios or Pragal

Best time to visit Evora

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The high season takes place in August as it is the month of school holidays in Europe, so if you prefer hot days, give preference to May, June, July and September.

Winter in the region has milder temperatures and thermometers can vary from 10°C to 20°C.

where to stay in Évora

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Find accommodation in Évora here.

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