Évora is a city and a municipality in the district of Évora, in the Alentejo region of southern Portugal. It is a historic city.

The Cathedral

Get in

You can get to Évora in several ways:

Get around

One of the nicer ways to see the city is by horse carriage ride. You can find them near the Cathedral.

Otherwise there's no real problem in walking between most of the main sights.

Temple of Diana


While there are some Roman ruins that you definitely need to check out, there is also the Capela dos Ossos (Bone Chapel), which is totally ornamented with real human bones, creepy, kitsch, but a must see. Contrary to what is often said, it is not unique.

Chapel of Bones

The old aqueduct with houses built into the arches is interesting. It is completely dissimilar from the superbly structured one at Elvas except that both seem far too much work for the trickle of water they carried.

You must visit the Almendres Cromlech megalithic complex, an important megalithic monument in the Iberian Peninsula. It is the largest extant group of structured menhirs in the Iberian Peninsula, and one of the largest in Europe. It's situated about 10 km from Évora, going by Guadalupe. Continuing along this trip, near Valverde, the Anta do Zambujeiro dolmen is also very unusual by its size.

In less than an hour, you can get by car to Monsaraz (exit via IP2 to Beja, then turn to Reguengos), a nice, well preserved walled town on top of a hill overlooking the Alqueva Dam waters. There's plenty where to sleep (cheap Bed and Breakfast and Turismo de Habitação, and an Inn) and where to eat. Around it are a couple important menhirs, one of them with engravings (Balhoa) and the other about 5 meters high, and a anta (passage dolmen). The Xares cromlech is a conjectural reconstruction, and was removed from its original place due to the Alqueva waters.


No waste of space!


Shops are open a little later than other places in Europe, usually around 9:30AM-19.30PM, and the lunch breaks can be quite long, usually from 1PM to 3PM.

Shopping streets

There are no malls in Évora.



There are several traditional dishes:

There are also several traditional desserts, all from conventual origin:


Drink and carry plenty of water especially in the hotter months (July and August, eventually September). Especially in August, you will be advised not to go out in the sun between 2PM and 4PM, unless you are used to it.

Remember that just going in for a drink is a perfectly acceptable way of getting in to see the public areas of a Pousada.

Alentejo wines are some of the best-loved in Portugal, and there's a variety of them. Some can be quite expensive.


There are several hotels and you can get directions in the Tourist Office, which is located in the main city square - Praça do Geraldo.

There's a multitude of Bed And Breakfasts, though most will be fully booked during the high season.

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