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Évora is a city and a municipality in the district of Évora, in the Alentejo region of South Portugal.It is an historic/momumental city.

Get in

You can get to Évora in several ways:

  • By bus [3] or [4], (from Lisbon ticket more or less 10 euros)
  • By car (distance: 140 Km, from Lisbon take the A2, then A6, N114, Évora)

Get around

One of the nicer ways to see the city is by horse carriage ride. You can find them near the Cathedral.

Otherwise there's no real problem in walking between most of the main sights.


There are some Roman ruins you definitely need to check out, there is also the capela dos ossos, which is totally ornamented with real human bones, creepy, but a must see.

The old aqueduct with houses built into the arches is interesting. It is completely dissimilar from the superbly structured one at Elvas, except that both seem far too much work for the trickle of water they carried.

You must visit the Almendres Cromlech megalithic complex, the main megalithic monument in the Iberian Peninsula. It is the largest existing group of structured menhirs in the Iberian Peninsula, and one of the largest in Europe. It´s situated about 10 km from Évora.


  • There is a nice and big park (Jardim Público) where you can have a nice stroll.
  • Roman ruins - Templo de Diana
  • Évora Cathedral and Cloisters
  • Historic Centre of Évora - UNESCO World Heritage [6].
  • Évora University [7] main building (on a ancient Convent, founded in 1559)



There are several traditional dishes:

  • Açorda
  • Migas com carne de porco
  • Carne de porco à alentejana

There are also several traditional desserts, all from conventual origin:

  • Sericaia
  • Bolo podre
  • Pão de Rala


Drink and carry plenty of water especially in the hotter monthes (July and August).

Remember that just going in for a drink is a perfectly acceptable way of getting in to see the public parts of the Pousada


There are several hotels and you can get directions in the Tourist Office, which is located in the main city square - Praça do Geraldo.

  • Casa Palma, rua Bernardo Matos29A. 20 euros for a double (in February 2006, required some haggling).
  • Hotel Ibis Évora, Quinta da Tapada Urbanizaçao da Muralha, (+351)266 760 700, [1].
  • Pousada de Évora - Lóios, Largo Conde Vila-Flor, (+351) 266 730 070 (, fax: (+351) 266 707 248), [2]. Housed in a former convent in the center of the city, staying at the pousada is an interesting, if expensive, experience.

Get out

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