Évora – The District Capital of Alentejo, Portugal

Templo Romano de Diana, Évora, Alentejo, Portugal - A particular highlight of the city.

Templo Romano de Diana, Évora, Alentejo, Portugal – A particular highlight of the city.

 

Évora lies 80km west of the border with Spain and around 140km east of Lisbon. It is a wonderful old city which dates back 2,000 years and is literally filled with historic sites and landmarks. As such it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been voted the second most liveable city in Portugal.

We stayed at Campismo Orbitur Évora which is situated perfectly for accessing the amazing centre of the old city. I was told by a French man that the centre wasn’t worth visiting and judging by the outskirts that could be true. It is the norm these days to have industrial style shopping centres and garages in most major cities. Unfortunately.

Thankfully I ignored him and set off to explore anyway and it didn’t take long before I drew the conclusion that my French advisor had never been into the middle of Évora.

Igreja de São Francisco, Évora - A chilling chamber of human bones awaits inside.

Igreja de São Francisco, Évora – A chilling chamber of human bones awaits inside.

 

From a distance you can see the cathedral which dominates the skyline but as you approach the walls rise out of the ground and archways lead you into the city’s historic heart. The roads inside the walls are mostly cobbled and narrow, making driving a campervan a lot more exciting.

The first major site we encountered was Giraldo Square; a long stretch of parasols, chairs and tables set around sculptures and fountains upon which tourists pose for pictures. The tourist information centre is here too and provides excellent maps of the centre.

There are so many attractions in Évora that despite its size you could easily spend a week exploring its winding little streets and wide open spaces. To keep your camera happy there is the Agua de Prata Aqueduct which stretches an incredible 9km, the Cathedral of Évora (just north of Giraldo Square), Igreja de Sao Francisco with its chapel of human bones, the Roman Temple of Évora in Diana Square and the many public parks to name but a few.

Take a look at nearby Monsaraz, Templo Romano de Diana, our gallery of Évora, Giraldo Square the festivities of São João.

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