Top things to do in Elvas

Fusion in Elvas

Pedras do Castelo

Right across from the castle, this welcoming, easy-going spot is a great place to taste Alentejan delicacies – like porco preto (black pork) or bacalhau dourado (codfish with potatoes and eggs), as well as dishes wi…
Portuguese in Elvas

Mercato

This lively, cheerfully decorated tavern serves traditional flavours with contemporary verve. Nicely turned out plates of garlic and olive-oil clams, or garlic prawns are great for sharing as are the tabuas (boards)…
Fort in Elvas

Forte da Graça

Looming high over the arid countryside, about 3km north of town, this old military fort has a commanding presence. From the castelo, the fort is just visible on a distant hillside. Partially restored in 2015, the th…
Gallery in Elvas

Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Elvas

The Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Elvas is a must-see if the right exhibition is showing. Opened in 2007, the museum is housed in a cleverly renovated baroque-style building from the 1700s, formerly the Misericórdi…
Arts & Crafts in Elvas

Olaria do Castelo

Next door to the castle, this studio and shop displays the beautifully crafted ceramic works of artist Luis Pedras. He's most famous for his ronca, a kind of friction-percussion instrument with African origins that'…
Castle in Elvas

Castelo

You can walk around the battlements at the castle for dramatic views across the baking plains. The original castle was built by the Moors on a Roman site and rebuilt by Dom Dinis in the 13th century, then again by D…
Tower in Elvas

Torre Fernandina

The Fernandina Tower was the result of alterations undertaken in the 14th century to the second Muslim wall. It served as a jail from the end of the 15th century. These days you can climb the spiral staircase to the…
Landmark in Elvas

Aqueduto da Amoreira

It took an unsurprising 100 years or so to complete this breathtakingly ambitious aqueduct. Finished in 1622, the huge cylindrical buttresses and several tiers of arches stalk from 7km west of town to bring water to…
Portuguese in Elvas

O Lagar

Smart and buzzing, O Lagar dishes up excellent regional cooking, with good-value, high-quality açorda (a kind of bread soup) and bacalhau (codfish). Service can be a bit slow, but it’s a pleasant enough place to lin…
Music in Elvas

Festas do Senhor da Piedade e de São Mateus

Elvas starts to tap its blue suede shoes in late September, celebrating the Festas do Senhor da Piedade e de São Mateus, with everything from agricultural markets and bullfights to folk dancing and religious process…