Overview

Make your visit to Portugal the Best Evora.

It’s often said that Evora’s beautiful patchwork architecture reflects the history of Portugal itself. From the Romans in 57 BC to the Moors in 715, and the Portuguese themselves from 1166 onwards – each ruler has endeavoured to make their mark on Evora’s medieval city walls, churches and palaces.

As a result, modern-day Evora’s is a living museum and you’ll have a chance to explore the grand Praca do Giraldo, the Manueline Se Cathedral, and the ancient Templo Romano de Evora in the capable hands of our resident guide. You’ll also visit the Igreja e Mosteiro de Sao Francisco – home to the infamous Capela dos Ossos, or Chapel of Bones, whose walls and vaulted ceilings are decorated with the remains of 5000 human skeletons.

Exploring further afield, you’ll head south for a visit to one of the unsung gems of Portugal: the 13th century hilltop village of Monsaraz. You’ll also sample the traditional cuisine of this agricultural Alentejo region of Portugal: Farinheira de Borba, Queijo de Evora, Pao de Testa and Barrigas de Freira.

You’ll end your stay with a visit to a local vineyard and olive farm. Alentejo’s warm Mediterranean climate encouraged the Romans to farm olives here in pre-Portuguese times: the ancient cordovil variety is still popular today for its distinctive spiciness. There’s also been a recent renaissance in Roman-style Talha wines: organic wines which are fermented in clay amphoras with oversized cork stoppers. Portugal has thirty-one Denominacao de Origem Controlada wine regions across Portugal, five of which are in or around Evora, producing many of the country’s most-revered vintages.

Itinerary

You’ll begin your holiday with a direct flight to Lisbon. Our driver will collect you from your flight, for your (twenty minute) transfer into the centre of the city.
You’ll leave Lisbon, heading east to your new accommodation the UNESCO-protected city of Evora. Crossing the Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge, you’ll visit the Santuario de Cristo Rei, the Castelo de Palmela, the city of Setubal, and the megalithic Almendres Cromlech stone circle.
You’ll explore UNESCO-protected Evora on foot with our resident guide. Evora’s is a living museum whose beautiful patchwork architecture reflects the history of Portugal itself. You day includes visits to the Praca do Giraldo, the Templo Romano de Evora, (known colloquially as Diana’s Temple), and the infamous Capela dos Ossos: the Chapel of Bones.
Our guide will introduce you to the traditional cuisine of Alentejo: Farinheira de Estremoz, Queijo de Evora, Pao de Testa, and the regions fabulous DOC wines.
You’ll explore the medieval village of Monsaraz - one of the unsung gems of Portugal, this historic fortified town dates back to the 13th century is an enchanting national monument with its sweeping views across the Lagoa Alqueva.
You’ll take a tour of the vineyards at Tapada de Coleheiros - one of Alentejo’s most important vineyards. This region has the widest variety of soils combining granite, limestone and schist with a typically Mediterranean climate. Winters are kind, summers are hot and dry. Spring and autumn tend to be dry with an average rainfall below 80 mm – which all helps to produce wines which are big and full-bodied, with a good capacity for ageing.
You’ll leave Evora today, returning to Lisbon with our driver for your final afternoon and evening. You might like to explore central Lisbon on foot, visiting the Castelo de Sao Jorge, medieval Alfama, the grand Praca do Comercio, and criss-crossing streets of downtown Baixa.
You'll be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

From £2200 per person

We can create a tailor-made holiday to suit your budget.

Direct flights from the UK to the Lisbon, accommodation in twin/double en-suite rooms on a B&B basis, airport transfers, 1 x full-day tour and 3 x 2.5 hour tours.

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