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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$109.88 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.

$62.46 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), Evora, Evora District, AlentejoDiana's Temple, the proof that romans where in this area!Duration: 1 hourStop At: Igreja de Sao Francisco, Evora, Evora District, AlentejoSt Francisco ChurchDuration: 1 hourStop At: Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), Evora, Evora District, AlentejoÉvora's CathedralDuration: 1 hourStop At: Centro Historico de Evora, Evora, Evora District, AlentejoVisit the village inside the castle!Duration: 2 hours

$57.83 Cultural & Theme Tours

PRIVATE TOUR ÉVORA E MONSARAZ

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Evora Cultural Experience, Evora, Evora District, AlentejoLocalizado no Alentejo, Évora é um lugar importante desde os tempos megalíticos, mas é mais conhecido devido ao seu centro histórico bem preservado, ainda parcialmente fechado por muros medievais e um grande número de monumentos que datam de vários períodos históricos, incluindo o Templo de Diana, um templo romano.Duration: 4 hoursStop At: Monsaraz Castle and Walls, Monsaraz, Evora District, AlentejoA cidade murada e o castelo surpreenderam aqueles que visitaram, e mais recentemente, podemos visitar o maior reservatório artificial de água da Europa Ocidental, a Barragem do Alqueva. Um extraordinário feito pelo homem!Duration: 4 hours

$1896.94 Tours & Sightseeing

Motorcycle off-road tour in Portugal - LISBOA TOUR

DAY 1. Arrival in Lisbon. We will welcome you at Lisbon airport and we will make the group transfer from the airport to our base located 20 minutes from the airport. Briefing. Dinner and overnight in the hotel*** with swimming pool. DAY 2. Lisbon - Monsaraz (230 km) After control of the motorcycles, our first stage crosses Portugal from west to east. This long stage is largely on rolling tracks in the plains and in the cork oak forests. We will have a lunch break towards Evora. We will ride the afternoon on more winding tracks in the Serra d'Ossa which will offer us superb panoramas. We will finish the first stage in a very nice **** hotel with swimming pool close to the medieval city of Monsaraz. DAY 3. Monsaraz - Alcoutim (240 km) The second day we will run along the Spanish-Portuguese border. We will drive between olive and eucalyptus trees, in the Andalusian sierras almost desert of the east of the country. We will cross the beautiful Natural Park of Guadiana which offer very pleasant and tortuous technical roads. Lunch break in Mertola. We will enter the Algarve in the afternoon. Nice hotel *** with swimming pool for the evening and the night. DAY 4. Alcoutim - Alte (220 km) We leave Acoutim by beautiful tracks before reaching the banks of Rio Guadania through the village of Azinhal, along the Odeleite dam. We will then arrive in the mountainous Algarve. Lunch at Barranco Do Vehlo. In the afternoon we will ride exclusively in this paradise of off-road. We will spend the evening and the night in hotel *** with swimming pool in Alte. DAY 5. Alte - Vila Nova de Milfontes (220 km) A 90% Algarve stage with a lot of trails. We will have lunch in Santana. After we will go to the beautiful dam of Santa Clara before going back on mountain tracks. We will end this splendid day at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean in Vila Nova de Milfontes. Hotel *** with heated pool. DAY 6. Vila Nova de Milfontes - Lisbonne (210 km) Our last stage will begin with the ascent along the Atlantic coast on sandy slopes of the Alentejana coast and beautiful views at the top of the cliffs. We will leave the seaside to cross a small serra above Santiago de Cacèm with more winding paths. Lunch at Alcacer do Sal. We will close this beautiful tracks in pine forests to our base near Lisbon. Free evening, night at the hotel ***. DAY 7. Group transfer. After breakfast we organize your transfer to Lisbon airport in the early morning.

$107.96 Day Trips & Excursions

Upper Alentejo Private Tour from Lisbon

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Magnificat Tours, Lisbon, Lisbon District, Central PortugalStart this private tour by getting picked up from your hotel in Lisbon and heading off to the charming city of Évora (about 1h30 drive)Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Capela dos Ossos, Evora, Evora District, AlentejoVisit the Chapel of Bones - all built inside Saint Francis' Convent, with thousands of bonesDuration: 45 minutesStop At: Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), Evora, Evora District, Alentejo"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" according to Lonely PlanetDuration: 1 hourStop At: Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), Evora, Evora District, Alentejothe cinematic columns of the Templo Romano, open air and uncovered after the EarthquakeDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Praca do Giraldo, Evora, Evora District, AlentejoAside from its historic and aesthetic virtues, Évora is also a lively university town, and its many attractive restaurants serve up hearty Alentejan cuisineDuration: 1 hourStop At: Monsaraz Castle and Walls, Monsaraz, Evora District, AlentejoAfter 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. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Magnificat Tours, Lisbon, Lisbon District, Central PortugalAt 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 !Duration: 2 hours

$491.59 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.