Monsaraz Culture & history

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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.

From Lisboa: Evora & Monsaraz Full-Day Tour

3. 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

4. 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.

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What people are saying about Monsaraz

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!