The public garden of Evora is very beautiful and invites for a romantic break. It was built on the initiative of the city in 1863 to 1867 and the construction work was lead by Jose Cinatti who was an italien architect. The concept for the garden design was the romantic ideal of the 19th century. A part of this ideal was the presence of ruins, which you will find in the park as 'fake' ruins.
The Igreja de São Francisco has a small fruit garden that is situated next to the arcade leading to the Capela dos Ossos.
Mo-Sa: 9AM - 12.45PM and 2.30PM - 5.10PM
Su: 10AM -12.45PM and 2.30PM - 5.10PM
The Diana Garden won this name to be in front of the roman temple which is called "Templo de Diana". People think it was made as a tribute to Diana the hunting Goddess but it wasnt. In fact no one knows why it is here but for sure specialists know that not for Diana. This temple is from 1st century AD and belongs to Corinthian style the only example in the country.
Also can be seen from the garden also looking East, side to the roman temple you have the Convento dos Loios and far far up you can notice the top of the Cathedral. The Museum and the Municipal Library can also be seen from here.
From this garden you can enjoy a very nice view to the lower North and Northwest part of town where before was the arab district. Arab after were all taken from this place and put a bit more South of town near the Portas de Moura (Moor's door).
From this sightseeing place you have also on your right side, the Palace Paços dos Condes de Basto, a magnificient construction with a huge castle tower. D Fernand II Duke of Bragança was sentenced to death here in 1483, altough the building already existed back in the people's revolt of 1384 in favor of Master of Aviz when the castle burnt.
This can be seen from the Diana's garden right in front of the Roman Temple. Perfect place to enjoy the city's arab narrow street influence and also the sunset at Alto de Sao Bento by the end of the day.
Between the 8th and 13th centuries, the Arabs dominated an important part of the coast and the southern area of the country, leaving their imprint on monuments, architecture, traditions, and popular customs, including language and cuisine.
Public garden's "Pretending Ruins" (Cinatti, 1865) are a construction with old architectural elements, aiming at a sad, evocative scenographic effect, in accordance with the romantic taste.
There are at least 20 peacocks in this location which even gives a better ambiance to the whole romantic scenario.