If you are on holidays in Portugal for your deserved long break, do not stay solely in the main cities. From south to north, Portugal is quite a diverse country. On this article I am going to show you the capital of the Alentejo’s region, Évora, a city known by its people, customs, gastronomy and wines.
If you’re departing from Lisbon, this fascinating trip starts when crossing through the roads heading to Évora in Alentejo’s highly pitoresc landscape. The long countryside is amazing and offers quite a view. Once you arrive to Évora, you will be amazed on how the town is protected by its roman walls and once inside those walls you realized the features of the city with Roman and medieval buildings. The whole town is a World Heritage Site, an open air museum according to UNESCO since 1986.
So, once you’re already in Évora, here are some highlights you can´t afford to miss, but of course, stay the longer you can, because you need time to feel Alentejo and to know its people:
Giraldo´s Square, the city’s main square in honour of Giraldo Geraldes who conquered the territory to the moorish in 1167;
The Roman Temple in Evora is one of the greatest and best preserved roman temples in the Iberian Peninsula. That is why it was considered World Heritage by UNESCO in 1986.
- Forum Eugénio de Almeida which is an innovative space dedicated to arts and culture, mostly consisting of contemporary art.
- The impressive cathedral of Evora which “protects” the city from the highest part of town, made of granite. Its style is determined by the transition from the Romantic to the Gothic. It is the largest medieval cathedral in Portugal and it has also a museum of art sacra which is worth while being visited;
- Evora Museum where you can find diverse paitings and objetcs of various known artists such as Mestre do Sardoal, Theniers, Avercamp, Avelar Rebelo, among other Roman statues, and medieval themes.
- Bones Chapel, UNESCO heritage and a trademark of Évora city. It was built in the XVII century following the initiative of three Franciscan friars whose goals were to convey the message of temporariness and fragility of human life. On the entrance of the chapel there is the sign “We bones that are here, for yours we wait”, transmitting the previous message to its visitors. In fact, it shows Baroque’s men macabre taste for necrophilia. Bones Chapel is also decorated with religious statues and paintings in the Renaissance and Baroque styles. A must see within the city.
Moreover, while you’re visiting all these fantastic places, you can enjoy the culture and the way of living of its people, “Alentejanos”. Local traditional dishes are also a experience you should not afford to miss. The traditional food of “Migas com carne alentejana” or “Açorda à alentejana” or “Sopa de cação” or simply tasting their bread are just some examples how you will enjoy in perfection your stay in this marvelous city. So, located just 1h30 driving from Lisbon, you can have this 1 or 2 days or longer experience. Get in touch with us, we will take you there!