Welcome to Monsaraz


Settled long before the Moors arrived in the 8th century, Monsaraz was recaptured by the Christians under Giraldo Sem Pavor (Gerald the Fearless) in 1167, and then given to the Knights Templar as thanks for their help. The castle was added in 1310.


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$110.20 Private & Custom Tours

Private tour to Évora from Lisbon

Start the day by getting picked up from your hotel and heading straight to Évora through Alentejo’s country roads. After arriving in Évora, take a tour of the beautiful St Francis Church and the famous chapel of the bones. Then head to the temple of Diana, located at the top of Évora. The structure is a roman temple from the 1st century that has been incredibly well-preserved and is the city’s most famous landmark.  Next, enjoy a tasting session of exciting local wines, followed by a delicious lunch featuring the best of Alentejo cuisine. After lunch, head towards Monsaraz and the biggest man made lake in Europe. Monsaraz is one of the most beautiful medieval villages in the Alentejo region and overlooks one of the biggest man-made lakes in Europe. Spend some time walking around and taking in the magnificent view from the castle.  On the journey back to Lisbon, pay a visit the Cromeleque dos Almendres, a Megalithic circle that is still a mystery for the science community. The driver will return you to your hotel at the end of the day.

$63.80 Day Trips & Excursions

Évora and Monsaraz Private Tour from Lisbon

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana)Diana's Temple, the proof that romans where in this area!Duration: 1 hourStop At: Igreja de Sao FranciscoSt Francisco ChurchDuration: 1 hourStop At: Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora)Évora's CathedralDuration: 1 hourStop At: Centro Historico de EvoraVisit the village inside the castle!Duration: 2 hours

$139.20 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Evora and Monsaraz Day Tour from Lisbon

Start this private tour by getting picked up from your hotel in Lisbon and heading off to the charming city of Évora (about 1h30 drive). Due to its well-preserved old town center, medieval walls, and large number of ancient monuments, Évora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a member of the Most Ancient European Towns Network. Choose a guided walk of the city or explore on your own before enjoying some free time for shopping.Lonely Planet wrote about Évora: "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."Visit the Chapel of Bones, Cathedral, snap some great photos of the Roman Temple and walk the centuries-old streets and squares!After lunch, continue to the small town of Monsaraz. One of the oldest settlements in southern Portugal, the town has been occupied since prehistoric times and still has displays of ancient habitation, as well as hundreds of megalithic monuments. Take a walk in the citadelle and it's walls. On your own, discover the pottery, the olive oils and the wines available at each little shop and spend some time shopping. At the end of the day we will drop you back off at your hotel in Lisbon after what we are sure, has been quite an experience !

$493 Private & Custom Tours

Lisbon to Evora World Heritage Sites Private Full-Day Tour

Start your private tour with a morning pickup at your hotel or accommodation. Settle into your chosen vehicle option and head through one of Lisbon's emblematic bridges directly to Évora, about a 1.5-hour drive away.This day trip is provided with the objective of showing you the national landmarks of Évora’s historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Although there will be time to stop inside selected monuments, even a full-day trip isn’t sufficient to visit all of them. Please inform your driver of your preferences and all arrangements will be made in order to fulfill your interests and accommodate requests.A sample itinerary takes you on a stroll through the city center to its main attractions, such as the Roman Temple, Cathedral of Évora, Bones Chapel, the Public Gardens and Giraldo's Square. Make a short stop at a wine shop or delight yourself with a taste os Portuguese Olive Oils, most of which are produced in the region. After this, and depending on your option we'll either proceed to Monsaraz or Estremoz. If you choose Monsaraz, you will be presented with one of the most beautiful and emblematic medieval villages, just on the shore of Europe's largest artificial lake. After lunch you’ll continue on to one of the emblematic wineries near the city, where you have the option to taste some of the best Portuguese wines. If your option relies on Estremoz you will have the chance to visit the heart of the Marble production region, and also visit Vila Viçosa, considered as the house of thr Royal Family and where a few important episodes of our history took place. After your private tour, head back to Lisbon where you should arrive at around 6pm.

$80.04 Private & Custom Tours

Évora Private Tour - Wine Tourism

This is a private one-day tour, overlooking a little of the Alentejo interior, where we can see the beautiful Alentejo plain, monuments, history, and flavors.From Lisbon, we head straight to Monsaraz, a medieval village with its narrow alleys where various peoples passed through. It was occupied by the Moors and since 1232 has passed to the kingdom of Portugal.We continue to the Herdade do Esporão, where you can enjoy guided tour with proof of the good products of the estate such as wine and olive oil.Along the way we can still appreciate the Alentejo landscape.Afterwards we will go to Évora to visit the Herdade da Cartuxa where we will also be able to enjoy guided tour with proof of the good products of the estate such as wine and olive oil, this one was initially built by monks.We will then visit Évora for a millennial city which, besides being a city of culture and knowledge with its university, contains millenary monuments.Return to Lisbon.

$56.84 Private & Custom Tours

Evora - Almendres Cromlech and Monsaraz

After the hotel pick-up, we will take you to South, crossing the “25 de Abril” bridge. The landscape will start to change after getting Alentejo region. The olive trees, the cork trees, the immense plain, the golden soil, the blue sky… Alentejo will overflow your senses! Visit to the Almendres Cromlech, a testimony of pre-historic Human presence in Alentejo. The city of Évora counts thousands of years of History. We will take you to know the city highlights and will tell you its 1001 stories. Appreciate the beauty of this magical city. The city historical center is a total surprise. Inhabited since immemorial times, it is still possible to appreciate Roman remains, surrounded by medieval buildings. Visit the historical centre, the Cathedral and the Bones Chapel. After, we will take you to Monsaraz, a beautiful medieval village at the top of a plateau, where you will be able to see the Alentejo magical plain. Come with us to Alentejo, the enchanted region of Portugal! Itinerary Hotel Pickup Almendres Cromlech Évora: Historic Centre Évora: Roman Temple Évora: Cathedral Évora: Bones Chapel Lunch: Free Time Monsaraz Hotel Drop-off