Évora and Monsaraz, the authentic Alentejo

Difficulty Average

Duration 10H

Price

Highlights

  • Picturesque streets
  • Bones chapel
  • 2000 year old Roman temple
  • Biggest artificial lake in Europe
  • View over Spain

Let’s meet Alentejo, the biggest region in Portugal but yet the least inhabited one, where time seems to pass at a slower pace and the watch seems to have no importance to its hospitable people with a special accent, whose traditions are deeply rooted.

We shall start with the capital of this region – Évora – the biggest city in Alentejo with 50 thousand inhabitants. It is walled and inhabited for the past 2000 years, keeping vestiges since then till now, which made it win the title of “museum-city”. Take a walk with us till the best preserved Roman Temple in Iberian Peninsula. Let’s visit l’the cathedral of Évora when we’ll see an extremely rare statute of pregnant Virgin Mary. We also can’t miss the creepy Bones Chapel, where bones of 5000 people are artistically and impressively exhibited. The main square – Giraldo Square also awaits for us. It has the name of its 12th century conqueror and it’s always very lively thanks to students and visitors and it is also perfumed with the beautiful regional food that is being cooked in the Restaurants nearby.

But the capital city is not everything that Alentejo is about. To meet the real Alentejo, we’ll have to show you its almost desert roads, feel its flat lands and hills where every once in a while we see a house sparkled in the landscape. That’s what we’ll do to reach Monsaraz, a town with a few hundred inhabitants, walled, with whitewashed houses and cobbled street pavement, hanging from a hill with a stunning view over the biggest artificial lake in Europe – Alqueva – and also a view at our neighbour Spain from where so many times we had the enemy coming, making us defend ourselves and attack them from the top of Monsaraz castle.

Come breathe the real Nature of Alentejo and decipher the several mysteries that made you choose to spend this day with us!

The tour includes

 

Pick up and drop off in the hotel or wherever is convenient for you, 10 hour private tour done by an official guide, standard car with A/C up to 3 persons and Standard van with A/C from 4-7 persons, travel insurance