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Top Choice Catacomb in Évora

Capela dos Ossos

One of Évora’s most popular sights is also one of its most chilling. The walls and columns of this mesmerising memento mori (reminder of death) are lined with the bones and skulls of some 5000 people. This was the s…
Top Choice Ruins in Évora

Templo Romano

Once part of the Roman Forum, the remains of this temple, dating from the 2nd or early 3rd century, are a heady slice of drama right in town. It's among the best-preserved Roman monuments in Portugal, and probably o…
Top Choice Portuguese in Castelo de Vide

Confraria

This outstanding restaurant serves up delectable plates of regional fare showcasing whatever is fresh and seasonal. The menu is limited and mostly meat-centric (think tender beef cheeks, wild partridge and rich roas…
Top Choice Portuguese in Estremoz

Alecrim

Alecrim is one of the best places in town for a meal, no matter the time of day. Come at lunchtime for excellent multicourse daily specials (creamy codfish dishes and tender Alentejan pork), or stop by in the mornin…
Top Choice Vegetarian in Beja

Sabores do Campo

If you’re a vegetarian, or simply need a break from pork and codfish, this cheerful cafeteria-style eatery will come as a godsend. Fresh fruit (papaya, mango, strawberries), stuffed mushrooms, oven-baked enchiladas,…
Top Choice Portuguese in Monsaraz

Sabores de Monsaraz

Perched high above the plains, with views reaching as far as Spain, this stone-built tavern is a rustic, wonderfully family-friendly spot. Good honest Alentejano homecooking stars on the menu, with dishes like melti…
Top Choice Portuguese in Évora

Botequim da Mouraria

Poke around the old Moorish quarter to find some of Évora’s finest food and wine – gastronomes believe this is Évora’s culinary shrine. Owner Domingos will expertly guide you through the menu, which also features an…
Top Choice Portuguese in Portalegre

Solar do Forcado

The current owner and his late father were former forcados (performers of a specific style of Portuguese bullfighting), as attested by the many photos and paraphernalia that cover the walls of this atmospheric spot.…
Top Choice Portuguese in Marvão

Restaurante Sever

The pick of the restaurants for miles around, this smart place is in a beautiful location, just over the bridge in Portagem, on the Rio Sever. It comes highly recommended by locals and serves first-class Alentejan c…
Top Choice Vegetarian in Évora

Salsa Verde

Vegetarians (and Portuguese pigs) will be thankful for this veggie-popping paradise. Pedro, the owner, gives a wonderful twist to traditional Alentejan dishes such as the famous bread dish, migas, prepared with mush…