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Top 7 Things To Do in Evora

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

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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.

Frequently asked questions about Evora

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Planning Your 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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What people are saying about Evora

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 255 reviews

João was an amazing guide! He speaks excellent English and knew so much about the area and how agricultural plays such an important part of the Alentejo. The stop at the pottery shop was amazing and so cool to see the traditional process. Monsaraz was incredible. The views and the village were unforgettable! The wine tasting was a nice finale and the scenery to and from Evora was great. João is a very engaging person and knows his stuff! Would definitely do it again with visitors!

With this interpreter, Joao, you can really enjoy everything you see, hear, experience while he transports you safely to your destination... Monsaraz... His almost perfect English makes everything very clear and easy to follow. ..he also knows the many background stories associated with everything he shows you ..a really great guide!!!...a golden guy❗❗...a trip well worth it ❗ thanks to Joao and his perfect knowledge and translation 8n t English of everything ❗

Manuel was a fantastic tour guide. He was extremely knowledgeable, kind, and courteous. He made it a priority that we do what we wanted , as this toir was about us. We were shown many things on this tour, much more than I ever expected. I have booked many tours via Get Your Guide , and I have had many good guides. Manuel has been the best. Thanks for an awesome day

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Fascinating, well-organized tour from an exceptional guide of Évora and its ancient surroundings