Évora, the museum city

Difficulty Average

Duration 8H

Price

Highlights

  • Picturesque streets
  • Bones chapel
  • 2000 years old Roman Temple
  • Cork trees and cork products

After crossing the April 25th bridge that will reveal one of the most outstanding views of the city, we’ll go through the golden flat lands of Alentejo region, sparkled with oak trees and olive trees. Évora is its capital, a charming city with only 50 000 people, classified as World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. It is well known as the museum-city because when you walk within its walls, you can see monuments and squares where you can breath its 2000 years of history.

Évora holds the 2nd oldest university in the country. So, so, it is likely to find some lively students around the cathedral, the Giraldo square and Diana square. If you have the guts why not visit one of the grisliest chapels in the country, the bones chapel where walls are decorated with human skulls and other human bones.

Alentejo is a region with unique characteristics… thanks to its relaxing landscapes, its handicraft marked by cork objects and its simple gastronomy so limited in terms of number of ingredients, but such an exquisite surprise in an explosion of flavours created by the imagination in combining different local aromatic herbs. And of course such meal has to go with a good regional red wine.

On our way back, we’ll visit Palmela’s castle, former headquarter of Saint James of the Sword religious and military Order. There’s a breathtaking view over the city of Setúbal and both the Sado River and the Atlantic Ocean. The return to Lisbon will show us a new bridge over theTagus River, which is the 10,5 mile Vasco da Gama bridge, the longest in Europe. So, that’s how we will finish our tour through the south of Portugal.

The tour includes

 

Pick up and drop off in the hotel or wherever is convenient for you, 8 hour private tour done by an official guide, standard car with A/C, entrance fees to the cathedral and bone’s chapel, travel insurance