Évora and Monsaraz

Day Trips & Excursions in Gran Canaria

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5 out of 5

Tour description provided by Viator

The Alentejo! Where the Portuguese culture is most alive and untouched. On this tour we will visit the heart of this rural Portuguese region. Here lies the museum like city of Évora and the pure medieval village of Monsaraz.Jump into the core of Portuguese rural identity and let yourself be dazzled by this UNESCO world heritage city. From the Neolithic to the Roman empire, passing through the strong Arabic domination and the final settling of the Christians, this place is a true wide national history museum, home to some of the greatest Portuguese monuments like the Bone Chapel or the Roman temple of Diana.We will also have the chance to wander through the medieval walled village of Monsaraz and enjoy the unique views to the biggest artificial lake in Europe and the border to Spain.
Enjoy a complimentary Hotel pick up from your guide at 8:30 and a 1:30 ride to Évora through beautiful country side while your guide will talk about the cork fields, local biodiversity and the Alentejo region unique identity.Once we arrive in Évora our first stop will be at the Bone chapel. A very intriguing 17th century chapel covered with human bonés to remind us the transience of life.From here will walk through the labyrinthic streets of Évora towards one of the most important Cathedrals and example of the Romanic/gothic architecture in Portugal.Right next to it we will admire the well preserved 2000-year-old Roman temple of Diana and learn about the importance of this city for the empire.After tasting the amazing gastronomy of this region, we leave Évora for another 40-minute scenic drive through vast olive oil plantations and famous Portuguese vineyards towards the town of Monsaraz. A tiny medieval hilltop town on the Potugal/Spain border overlooking the countryside and the biggest artificial lake in Europe. From its Castle we can admire the picturesque villages, the bullfighting arena built within its walls and the enourmous lake bordering Portugal and Spain.From Monsaraz we will drive you directly back to dropp you off at your Hotel/AirBnB or another place of your choice.

What’s included

  • Bottled water
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private tour
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan

What’s not included

  • Lunch
  • Gratuities