One of Portugal’s most beautifully preserved medieval towns, Évora is an enchanting place to delve into the past. Inside the 14th-century walls, Évora’s narrow, winding lanes lead to striking architectural works: an elaborate medieval cathedral and cloisters; the cinematic columns of the Templo Romano (near the intriguing Roman baths); and a picturesque town square, once the site of some rather gruesome episodes courtesy of the Inquisition. Aside from its historic and aesthetic virtues, Évora is also a lively university town, and its many attractive restaurants serve up hearty Alentejan cuisine. Outside of town, Neolithic monuments and rustic wineries make for fine day trips.
Évora climbs a gentle hill above the Alentejo plain. Around the walled centre runs a ring road from which you can enter the town on one of several ‘spoke’ roads. The town’s focal point is Praça do Giraldo, 700m from the bus station to the southwest.
Évora destination guides
Alentejo Wine Region and Évora Day Trip from Lisbon
Explore the historic town of Évora and the beautiful Alentejo wine region on a day trip from Lisbon. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Évora, a UNESCO World Heritage town, and see landmarks like the Roman Temple, the Romanesque Gothic cathedral and the Bones Chapel.
Small-Group Évora Day Trip from Lisbon with Wine Tasting
Take this day trip from Lisbon to see the beautiful World Heritage Site of Évora. Leave Lisbon via the Vasco da Gama Bridge across the Tagus River, and spend the day admiring top Évora sights like St Francis Church and Giraldo Square.