Things to do in Monsaraz

Our most recommended things to do in Monsaraz

From Lisbon: Évora and Monsaraz Day Tour with Wine Tasting

1. 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.

From Lisbon: Evora and Monsaraz Tour with Transfer

2. From Lisbon: Evora and Monsaraz Tour with Transfer

Leave behind the big city vibes of Lisbon and travel into the Portuguese countryside for the day. Join this guided tour to visit two traditional towns and get a glimpse into the local culture and lifestyle. Travel back to medieval times as you stroll through Evora and Monsaraz. Begin the day by driving out of Lisbon and use this opportunity to stop at the iconic Sanctuary of Christ the King. Arrive at Evora to become surrounded by medieval streets, palaces, and beautiful typical homes. Stroll around the historic center and other nearby sites. Afterward, travel toward the border between Portugal and Spain to discover Monsaraz Castle. Explore this incredible ancient building and tour the charming town streets, taking in stunning views of the Alentejo plains before returning to Lisbon.

Monsaraz and Wine guided tour from Évora

3. Monsaraz and Wine guided tour from Évora

Departing from Évora, it will take you about 4 hours to visit the amazing village of Monsaraz. Wander the streets and enjoy the breathtaking views of this hilltop village. Enter a time capsule that will take you back centuries. En route, the tour will stop at San Pedro do Corval, a pottery village. Stop by a family-owned pottery and have a great opportunity to interact with the locals and learn about ceramics. Afterwards, don't go home without tasting unique wines from a local winery.

From Lisboa: Evora & Monsaraz Full-Day Tour

4. 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.

Evora and Megalithic Circuit 10 Hour Private Tour

5. 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.

Lisbon: Full Day Private Guided Tour to Évora and Monsaraz

6. Lisbon: Full Day Private Guided Tour to Évora and Monsaraz

On this tour, you’ll have the opportunity to visit some of the Unesco World Heritage Sites in the city such as the Diana Temple, the Cathedral, and the Bone’s Chapel, amongst others. Delight yourself with the beautiful views that Alqueva, Europe’s largest artificial lake, has to offer. Discover Monsaraz, a nearby village known for its prehistoric monuments and rich history. Enjoy a relaxing day in the countryside away from the rush of Lisbon. This tour starts in Lisbon where the driver will pick you up from your hotel in the morning and drop you off at the end of the day.

From Lisbon: 3-Day Private Tour to the Algarve

7. From Lisbon: 3-Day Private Tour to the Algarve

Day 1 Depart from Lisbon, heading to Evora in the Alentejo region by crossing the beautiful suspension bridge. Admire the city and the monument to Christ-King. Evora is a place where different civilizations have thrived and the evidence still remains. See the ancient "Temple of Diana" built in the Roman period, along with the magnificent aqueduct of "Agua da Prata."  Built further in the 11th and 12th centuries by the Arabs, Evora was the residence of Portuguese kings and a point of convergence for renowned artists that were supported by the patronage and dynasty reigning in Portugal. This period of discovery created a wealth in Evora that saw the construction of numerous aristocratic mansions of the city, such as the Jesuit university. The highlight, however, is the Church of San Francisco and the Bones Chapel, clothed with skulls and bones of 500 monks. See next the medieval village of Monsaraz, its narrow stone streets and houses painted white adding special charm to this place and its inhabitants. Later, arrive in Albufeira where you will spend the night. This historic center has a traditional atmosphere, whitewashed houses and narrow cobbled streets filled with cafes, shops, bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Day 2 Depart to Lagos. In the middle of the 16th century, Lagos was the great base of support for the Discoveries, and the evidence of this is highly visible. See the Sagres Fortress where cannons, a 16th century tower and the Church of Our Lady of Grace and a beautiful sundial await your discovery. After, visit the nearby Fortress of “Cabo de Sao Vicente” which was built in the 16th century to protect the coast from the Moorish attacks. Return to Albufeira to spend the night. Day 3 On the return trip to Lisbon you will stop of a the town of Sesimbra to visit its Moorish Castle on the hillside north of the village. Classified as a national monument in 1910, it is now one of the most visited sites in the county. Down in the bay, you will visit the Maritime Museum of Sesimbra where you will learn the connection of this village to the sea and the history of its local fishermen. Enjoy here a 3D movie that will transport you back in time to medieval times and beyond. Continue on to Setubal downtown where you can find stores for all tastes, whether global department stores or niche local antiquities. Most of the streets here converge to “Praça do Bocage,” Setubal´s local meeting point. Lined with esplanades and dedicated to one of the greatest figures of Portuguese poetry, this statue with its eyes fixed on the sea is the landmark of this busy square. Return to Lisbon.

Evora and Monsaraz: Wine and Gastronomy Tour

8. Evora and Monsaraz: Wine and Gastronomy Tour

The city of Évora counts back thousands of years of history. You will be taken you to see the city highlights and hear its 1,001 stories. You will definitely appreciate the beauty of this magical city. The historical center will come as a complete surprise. Inhabited since immemorial times, it is still possible to appreciate Roman remains, surrounded by medieval buildings. After visiting the historical center, the cathedral and the Bones Chapel, you will head to Alentejo to a beautiful local winery for a wine tasting. Sample regional products such as fresh bread, cheese, cooked meats, and jam. After lunch, head to the village of Monsaraz village, a fortified settlement established in the Copper Age. Admire the influence of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam in the architecture and traditions of this ancient village that has been inhabited by members of these three religions.

Monsaraz and Wine Tasting departing from Évora

9. Monsaraz and Wine Tasting departing from Évora

On this tour we visite Monsaraz. We would never allow you to come to our region without seeing this wonderful medieval village. With breathtaking views the streets and you will feel that time has stopped there. On the way to Monsaraz we will also visit a pottery in São Pedro do Corval, the most potted village in the Alentejo. Located on the shore of the largest artificial lake in Europe, this centuries one of the most important castles in the region. It was a town of various trades and beautiful stories. It is the stage where the Portuguese fought great battles that would build the destiny of the nation. The entire village is a Unesco heritage site, and to discover it is a unique experience in whichthe most spectacular landscapes will be unveiled. To finish, you will have to participate in a wine tasting session, with wines that you have probably never heard of, seen or tasted.

From Lisbon: Private Day Trip to Évora with Hotel Pickup

10. From Lisbon: Private Day Trip to Évora with Hotel Pickup

Departure from Lisbon that will allow you to escape the hustle and bustle of Lisbon and explore Évora, located in the Alentejo wine region. Templo Romano de Évora (Temple of Diana), 1 hour 30 minutes Chapel of Bones, Praca 1 de Maio, Évora 7000-650 Portugal, 30 minutes Lunch at Giraldo Square (food not included) 1hour Monsaraz Castle, Largo do Castelo, Monsaraz 7200-175 Portugal, 1 hour The Temple of Diana was built between the 1st and 2nd century AD as a tribute to Emperor Augustus. The Roman Temple is at the highest point of the city, and, along with the historic city centre, was classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986 The Chapel of Bones which was built in the seventeenth century on the initiative of three Franciscan friars whose purpose was to convey the message of the transience and fragility of human life The Castle of Monsaraz, in alentejo, is located in the parish of Monsaraz, municipality of Reguengos de Monsaraz, district of Évora, Portugal. Neighbor to the Guadiana River and the modern water mirror of the Alqueva Dam

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What people are saying about Monsaraz

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 28 reviews

Diogo Martins was a wonderful tour guide. He gave us the exact amount of free time in between monuments we were visiting to shop, relax, and ask questions. He prepped us before each site or monument so we knew exactly what to concentrate on. He was personable and shared anecdotal historical information about the sites we visited. We would happily go on another tour with Diogo anytime!

We loved this tour. The tour guide Alex (Alexander the Great) was excellent. He knew the history and information on this part of the country and was able to explain everything in detail. He was also very fun and funny. The first fort looks out at Spain and the wine tasting was good. The trip Evora was quite nice and of course learning about the Chapel of Bones - very very interesting.

What a day! Magical places to visit, Monsaraz is a hidden gem and to walk on the roof of Evora cathedral was a blast. Gonzalo, our guide was very knowledgeable, a lot of historical details, funny and we learn a lot about Portugal history in a day ( he was a teacher before) Many thanks Gonzalo, it was our privilege to have you as our guide! Carmen and Angel

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

Wonderful tour guide, small group is nice and cosy, no rush everything went really amooth. Locations are beautiful! Wine tasting was delicious!