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...

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...

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...

Gallery in Elvas

Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Elvas

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 Misericórdia Hospital, and offers exhibitions of...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Portuguese in Elvas

Adega Regional

Locals love this small place where it’s all about the food – lashings of plumas de porco preto (pork) and marisco (shellfish) dishes of all kinds, or a good-value three-course daily meal for under €11.

Fort in Elvas

Forte de Santa Luzia

Dating from the 1640s, this miniature, zigzag-walled fort lies just 1.4km south of the main praça (town square). Today it houses a military museum with displays of weaponry dating to the 18th century.

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, with everything from agricultural markets and bullfights to folk dancing and religious processions (especially on the last day).

Portuguese in Elvas

A Coluna

Fancying itself as the town’s ‘gourmet’ number, this tavern-cavern offers an elegant space with azulejos on the walls. Pork and bacalhau (codfish) dishes are its forte.

Church in Elvas

Igreja das Domínicas

This plain church hides a thrilling interior. There are painted marble columns under a cupola, gilded chapels and fantastic 17th-century azulejos covering the surface. The unusual octagonal design was inspired by...

Church in Elvas

Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Assunção

Francisco de Arruda designed this sturdy fortified church in the early 16th century, and it served as the town’s cathedral until Elvas lost its episcopal status in 1882. Renovated in the 17th and 18th centuries,...

Museum in Elvas

Museu Fotográfico João Carpinteiro

Housed in the old-town cinema is this tiny museum that contains a collection of vintage cameras, the oldest a pocket-vest number dating from 1912. Unless you’re a camera buff, you’ll probably find the changing...

Cinema in Elvas

Auditório São Mateus

Next door to the Museu Fotográfico João Carpinteiro, this arts venue stages concerts, plays and other performances. In late 2018, it also began screening first-run international films – part of the new Cine Nos...

Portuguese in Elvas

Tasquinha Alentejana

In a lively dining room packed with rustic decor, this popular eatery has a huge menu of Alentejan specialities as well as a few Spanish classics (like tortillas, shrimp with garlic and gazpacho).

Church in Elvas

Igreja de São Domingos

This church was once part of a 13th-century Dominican monastery, though much of its construction dates from the 18th century. It opens only on rare occasions.

Monument in Elvas

Pelourinho

Originally this 16th-century pelourinho (stone pillory) stood in the nearby Praça da República. It was dismantled and partially destroyed in 1872. The one that stands now is a mix of reconstruction and original...