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Something of an open-air museum, Évora is also a buzzing student city, where you can wine and dine in terrace bars before mingling with a colourful nightlife crowd after dark. But Évora's treasures extend well beyond the ramparts guarding the historic centre. Discover the gastronomy and the wines of the Alentejo, trace the region's history right back to prehistoric times and participate in your favourite sports – either on land or water. On all.com, you can learn all about visiting Évora before booking your hotel!
Explore the historic centre
The main attraction in Évora is undoubtedly the beautiful historic centre surrounded by medieval ramparts. Make time for a stroll in this typically Portuguese quarter, where dazzling white façades are topped with red-tiled roofs. We suggest starting your visit at the main square of Praça do Giraldo, where you'll find details of opening hours, ticket prices and cultural events at the tourist office – you can also leave your luggage there during the day.
Visit the most beautiful monuments in Évora
With a heritage stretching back to ancient Roman times, the historic centre of Évora features monuments from several different eras. Symbolising a city that has endured for centuries, and just a few metres from Praça do Giraldo, the columns of the Roman Temple stand facing the church of São João Evangelista. The ancient Roman Baths and the Sé, the impressive cathedral flanked by two imposing towers, are also among the wonders of Évora – but the extraordinary Capela dos Ossos is the city's most famous landmark. The work of 17th-century monks, the chapel's interior is lined with human bones and skulls.
Enjoy the gastronomy and nightlife of Évora
Flanked by bars, cafés and restaurants that stay lively into the wee hours, Praça do Giraldo is the beating heart of the city. Thanks to the large student population and the many visitors attracted by the beauty of the city, Évora's nightlife scene extends right across its historic centre. Capital of the Alentejo region, a rich agricultural area known for its produce and gastronomy, Évora is also an ideal place in which to sample authentic Portuguese dishes. Whether you choose a chic restaurant or a modest tasca, you'll soon discover the local cuisine with dishes like ensopado de borrego, a tasty lamb stew, or açorda, a comforting peasant dish based on artisan bread and poached eggs. Like the whole of Portugal, the Alentejo is also renowned for its soups and cheeses.
On the outskirts of the city, you can admire the surrounding countryside from the Alto de São Bento, a viewpoint popular at sundown with visitors and residents alike. As well as wheat fields, vineyards and olive groves extend across the rolling Alentejo plain – with many wineries and olive oil producers open for tours and tastings. Existing alongside the viticulture, cork bottle stoppers are another regional product, with several manufacturers offering guided visits – and you can pick up wonderful gifts and souvenirs from many of these places!
The Alentejo countryside
The landscape of the Alentejo montado, a vast expanse of cork and holm oak forest shaped by man and characteristic of the region, is best explored on foot or by bike. For a family day out head for Lake Alqueva, one of the biggest reservoirs in Europe. Located just under an hour from Évora, it's bordered by hiking routes and offers numerous water-based activities like sailing, water-skiing and kayaking.
Outdoor activities in Évora
Just as in the heart of Évora, there are many cultural highlights to be discovered around the city. Set deep in the Alentejo countryside yet less than 20 kilometres from Évora, the Almendres Cromlech is Portugal's answer to Stonehenge. It's one of the most important megalithic sites in Europe, both for its size and its excellent state of preservation. To travel even back further back in time, visit the caves adorned with prehistoric rock paintings in the Escoural Archaeological Park. Rather visit a castle? The Alentejo has plenty on offer. From Arraiolos to Estremoz and Évoramonte, a number of fortresses crown the hills of the region. And around an hour from Évora, the incomparable fortified towns of Monsaraz and Elvas both reward a day trip during your Évora adventure.
The most beautiful cultural sites around Évora
To make the most of the best hotels in Évora, Portugal, and its environs, stay in a 3-star hotel near the historic centre, basing yourself in a modern, light-filled room while you're making cultural visits, taking day trips into the countryside and enjoying the vibrant nightlife. Évora is easily accessible from Lisbon, so you could also stay in one of our many Accor hotels in the Portuguese capital or its outskirts. Whether you choose a budget hotel or a luxurious option with a swimming pool, our staff are happy to help you plan a day trip to Évora.
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You can fly directly into Lisbon's Humberto Delgado Airport from UK airports London Heathrow, Manchester and Birmingham. Hire a car at the airport, or utilise the bus services between Évora to Lisbon, which leave from the airport or Sete Rios and Oriente railway stations. Évora is around two hours from Lisbon by train and 90 minutes by road or bus.
How to get to Évora
Public transport in Évora is run by Trevo, with useful services for visitors including two circular bus routes (Linha Azul Sul and Linha Azul Norte). Évora railway station is about 15 minutes' walk south of the picturesque historic centre, much of which is pedestrianised.
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