Portugal's Evora, in the heart of Portugal and the Alentejo region,
spans 2000 years of history with monuments to prove each occupation, from
Romans to 16th century aqueducts, medieval churches laden with Brazilian gold, and
houses glazed with traditional Portugese blue tiles. We enjoyed staying at
the small, intown
Casa do Escritor (house of the writer) perfect for this
travel writer, witha courtyard and pool, interior parking, all perfectly located near Praca Do Giraldo – the center
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Or you could sleep in the fancy 15th century monastery, small rooms at big prices at Pousada do Loios. Everything in the walled city of Evora is easily reached, from the Roman Temple and Baths atop the hill, to the largest Cathedral in Portugal nearby – be sure to go up the tower and walk the elaborate tiled rooftop by the belltower.
Down the hill is the lavish Sao Francisco Church - home to the very creepy Chapel of Bones, and the old revitalized 1559 University. Evora blends retirees and college students, bringing a vibrant but relaxed vibe. Outdoor cafes, pastry shops and native cork product shops line the streets, especially Rue 5 Outubro - named for Portugal’s 1910 Republic date. PipaRoza serves delicious tapas with 50+ alentejo wines by the glass. Fialho is a tiny authentic restaurant you must reserve in advanced.
Just 15 minutes east of Evora you may want to detour 15 minutes to the Cromeleque. Here 92 Stonehenge-style oval stones create a celestial calendar and place of mesmerizing solace, dating back to 2000 BC. On your dirt road drive, equally impressive are the cork oak trees, see the red scarred trees stripped of this valuable versatile renewable wine-stopper wood. Who knew Portugal produces 50% of the world’s corks for wine, shoes, bulletin and cutting boards, and flooring? I’ll drink to that.
See more of our reviews of the sensational capital city of Lisbon, journeying up the gorgeous Douro River tasting port at quintas around every bend, the Schist villages, perhaps poppin over to Spain to the Pyrenees mountains.
Lisbon Travel Tips
Drinking Port wine in Porto
Touring up the Douro River Valley
The Schist Villages - Interior Portugal
Evora and Portugal's Stonehedge
Evora's Chapel of Bones
Evora's Roman Temple
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