Go back in time on this Evora and Arraiolos private full-day tour, from Lisbon. Visit Evora’s Diana Temple, its Se Cathedral, the chilling Chapel of the Bones, and the Church of San Francisco, and discover what earned the city its UNESCO World Heritage site status. Enjoy free time for lunch, then set out for the world-famous rug manufacturing center of Arraiolos. Explore the region’s attractions at your own pace on this private tour.
After a convenient pickup in Lisbon, begin your tour in Evora, where history shines through its monuments and medieval streets. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the city retains traces of various eras and civilizations. It was here that King D. Manuel I authorized Vasco da Gama’s voyage to seek a sea route to India. Visit the landmark Diana Temple, one of the main symbols of Portugal’s Roman occupation. Admire the Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral of Evora, Portugal’s largest medieval cathedral, perched atop Evora’s highest point.Inside the sacristy of the Church of St Francis, uncover one of Evora’s most visited monuments, the Chapel of Bones. Upon entering, note the ominous warning: "We bones that here are, for yours await." Built by three naves, the chapel houses over 5000 skeletons from church and convent cemeteries throughout the city.Next, set out for the town of Arraiolos, home to the world famous Arraiolos rugs. Containing centuries of history, their hand-embroiderers go back generations. Wander along narrow streets lined with painted white houses and a distinctive circular castle, and arrive at the Arraiolos Rug Interpretive Center. Here you can learn about the origins, history, methods, and techniques of rug manufacturing before returning to Evora.