Évora Travel Guide

  • Évora - Portugal
    Évora - Portugal
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    Évora - Portugal
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    Capela dos Ossos - Évora
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Évora Things to Do

  • Chapel of Bones

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Capela dos Ossos or the Chapel of Bones belongs to Igreja Real de São Francisco (Royal Church of Saint Francis). Thais chapel is famous because of its ossuary constructed out of the human bones. But before to get in the ossuary you go through the cloister and enter to baroque chapel itself. In the chapel over the entrance to ossuary you will be...

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  • Palaces

    Main facade of this palace was built in XVII century. The title itself and dukedom were created on April 26, 1645 by King John IV of Portugal to his distant cousin, Dom Nuno Álvares Pereira de Melo (1638–1727), who was already 3rd Marquis of Ferreira and 5th Count of Tentúgal. It was time of the restoration of Portuguese independence from Spain and...

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  • Churches

    This conventual church was established during D. João II and D. Manuel reigns, to substitute the primitive one, coming from the foundation of the country. Magnificent example of late gothic with a multiplicity of influences, mainly from Spain and France, it includes also the famous bones chapel.

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  • Cathedral

    4 out of 5 stars

    Cathedral of Evora is also known as SE which means Episcopal Residence because that acronym derives from Latin “Sedes Episcopalis”. This cathedral was built in 1280-1340 at the place of previous Romanesque Cathedral which was built by 1204 after the liberation the city from the Moors in 1166. This cathedral is the biggest in Portugal. Although the...

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  • The Roman Temple

    The ex-libris of Evora this is one of the best preserved roman monuments in Portugal. The experts don't accept the designation of "Diana temple" because they found that it was built in the first century and dedicated to the emperor, not to the goddess, but the people always called it that way, so... let's accept the baptism. Anyway, the point...

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  • Outside Evora

    We all bundled into taxis and took a trip out to Almendres to the west of Evora. After a long drive we came to place that was full of Megalithic Standing Stones. They were put there by people throughout the Neolithic period 4th to 5th century in two stone circles. I have a personal theory that these stone circles were like a calendar for the year,...

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Évora Restaurants

  • Traditional Alentejo Food

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The good typical dishes from Alentejo, are prepared with conscience and respect for costumers and traditions. Going in a low season day, we found a service in a normal rhythm, unusual in those latitude. The three usual speeds in Alentejo (slow, very slow and stopped) were not respected, and we finished lunch in a very acceptable time, with a nice...

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  • Street Cafés

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Very popular cafe in Evora, which, given its location just beside the Temple, was excellent value. It was full of both locals, who congregated at the bar (see picture) and tourists in the seats on the terrace.

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  • Vegetarian

    5 out of 5 stars

    Vegetarian restaurant in Evora, Portugal is making its amazing debut next monday 2nd May 2005! this fabulous UNESCO city has another vegetarian restaurant. dont forget to visit it while in portugal and in town! This is my family restaurant so if you come here its possible ill be there to take your order!! Just show up! a plate full of food! costs...

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Évora Nightlife

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  • Discos&Pubs&Bars&Cafes

    This is the place you should go for a night drink its just the door after the turist office one. you can see on the picture is the second one from the right. this is the place where a lot of cultural activities happen here in Évora. This association has more 150 years. normal

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  • Night walk

    Integrated in the Aqueduct of the Silver Water, it was conceived to collect and distribute the aqueduct?s water. It was built in the 16th century by the architect Miguel de Arruda. Of classical design, it ressembles a small rectangular temple set on a foundation and formed by columns with no structural function. The tem columns on the three...

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  • Main Square Praca do Giraldo

    Today the weather was very cold. -7.5 c at 10pm. Evra has this amazing caracteristic which consists on changing colors depending of the weather. pic taken on 18th January 2004 The fountain was built in 1571, this emblematic work in white marble, classified as a national monument since 1910, was created by Afonso Álvares. A popular tradition...

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Évora Transportation

  • Buses

    From Lisbon there's a direct bus to Évora maintained by the RNE - Rede Nacional de Expressos, Lda bus company. The Rede buses depart from the Évora bus terminal: Terminal Rodoviario Avenida Sâo Sebastiâo - 7000-840 Évora Tel: +351-26-6769410 Real time Public Transportation info on the Évora map.

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  • Taxis

    There is a taxi-stand at Praca de Giraldo, the main square of Evora. It is certainly the best option to go by taxi to this prehistoric stone-ring , the distance of about 17 km from Evora, at first they will drive over the road #114,a well-asphalted road and finally over some km on a dusty road without asphalt, always following the signposts with...

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  • Trains

    There are 4 trains to Evora daily (5 trains on Sundays). The trip takes 1h20 and it’s a very comfortable train. The Évora train station is located close to the city center (around 10 min walking). You can check the timetable of trains in the official website of Comboios de Portugal. We traveled from Lisbon to Evora by train from Entrecampos Railway...

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Évora Shopping

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  • Regional Handicraft

    You will find the most interesting shops selling products made of Cork in Rua Cinco de Outubro, on your way from the main square of Evora to the cathedral. Take a look at my pics they have boxes, chairs and giant bowls made completely from Cork and in fact they are really extremely light-weighted and easy to carry home, it is just a pity I did not...

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  • Big supermarkets

    This is one of the major big supermarkets here in Evora. You can buy everything you need. From local wines to local bread. Fish, everything that you can usualy find in supermarkets near you. Prices can be much lower here than in small supermarkets inside castle walls.

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  • Street scene

    Evora is a hot and dry city, and walking around may become hard. The city's centre is prepared to it, hiding most of the small stores under the shade of very convenient and good looking arcades. This puts people a little out of sight, giving the city a tranquility that... it's real, but not that much.

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Évora Local Customs

  • Street scenes

    Don't be alarmed if you are stepping out from a restaurant or bar onto one of Evora's small, cobblestoned streets and suddenly you are confronted by a group of black-caped individuals. No, they are not vampires--they are university students. You will see them all over the city, day and night. I was so intrigued by the capes that I actually found a...

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  • Street and house decoration

    It was a surprise for me to see these wonderful tiles, that are used in order to indicate the streets-names. You will find them mostly in the old part of Evora, within the medieval townwalls. Something else that I enjoyed a lot in Evora was the great arcades on Praca de Giraldo, for easy shoping and walking protected against sun and rain (see them...

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  • Events&Street Activities

    5th June 2003 on the Largo Luis de Camoes. From June the 3rd to the 8th it took place in Evora the BIME-Bienal International Marioneta of Evora. Only puppet show and related arts. Puppet manipulators: Eduardo R. Cunha and Miguel Borines. Since its fundation back on 1983, Tanxarina has made show all over the world: Galicia, Portugal, Spain, Astria,...

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Évora Warnings and Dangers

  • Bones

    One of Evora's highlights (Bones chapel, in S Francisco's church) is not suitable to impressionable people. All the walls are made of bones, with thousand of piled skulls. The reason to build it was respectable, the general look is harmonious, but the details...

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  • be careful, when taking pics in the...

    Be careful, when taking pics on the flat roof of the cloisters of the cathedral, a step back and you might fall into this medieval trap, a narrow spiral staircase that has no fence at all and nothing to hold on, when walking down. The upper part of the stair is lighted by the daylight and the exit below gets some light from the cloisters, but...

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  • Pingeons 1

    Watch out for this guys. They love to poo all over your hair, jacket, t.shirt, face, whatever... Pingeons however make the city look even more lovely and give a nice contrast when they fly between narrow streets and in the main square. Usualy children find them funny to play with.The fountain on the main square is the favorite place of this little...

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Évora Tourist Traps

  • Fake ruins

    While visiting King Manuel's palace you may be confused by some nice ruins, close to a "modern" building. Well, the palace (or what remains of it) is the "modern" building, restored in 1943-47. The ruins are a fake, conceive by Architect José Cinatti to decorate the garden in the 19th century.

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  • EVORA'S MAP

    I don't want you to get lost in my wonderful city. hehehefor a bigger version of the map go to:http://manuelmaria.paginas.sapo.pt/mapa_de_evora.htm_txt_mapaevora.gif

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Évora Off The Beaten Path

  • Cromeleques dos Almendres

    March 17 - Temples of the Equinox The visit is as follows: Cromlech Vale de Maria do Meio - Symbology of cromlechs, Rites ofthe equinox in prehistory, Ancient Meaning of Easter Cromlech of Portela de Mogos - Prehistory of Portugal, prehistoric peoples of Évora, theories of migration of peoples. Menhir of Almendres - Meaning of Menhirs, dream...

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  • Street scenes

    Late in the afternoon, after we had done our touristy things in Evora, we took a walk, both for a "rest" from the day and also with an eye open for a good place to eat dinner. As we approached the town square, we heard singing and saw a group of people surrounding a group of troubadors. We joined them and enjoyed watching a group sing, dance and...

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  • Outside Walls

    This convent produces everything it needs for its monks. They don't go out. There are two distinct monasteries. This is the one inside the walls of the fortress. The monks that live here are in "Clausura" system which means that they dont get out of the monastery. Women can't visit this monastery. To go here you have to go direction Arraiolos all...

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Évora Sports & Outdoors

  • Martial Arts

    Kung-Fu Lotus Flower. Internal Kung-fu. This portuguese style of kung-fu gives strenght to your body and soul, by developing yourself as one, different from anyother. also weapons practicing. just sport trousers and t-shirt. no shoes. This is now located outside the city walls on the way to Juventude on the Gymnasium callse FITNESS M. it on the...

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  • Various

    Well, very nice picture from the Public swiming pools. I didn't make this photo, actually I don't even know who took it, i found it on a internet cafe computers hard drive here in Evora.There's 3 more swiming pools besides these one in the same complex. Olimpic also. Have to pay 1.5€ to get in. Be careful, keep an eye for your bags due to some...

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  • Martial Arts in Évora, KUNG-FU

    Kung-Fu Lotus Flower. Internal Kung-fu. This portuguese style of kung-fu gives strenght to your body and soul, by developing yourself as one, different from anyother.also weapons practicing. just sport trousers and t-shirt. no shoes.This is now located outside the city walls on the way to Juventude on the Gymnasium callse FITNESS M. it on the road...

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  • Convents

    While visiting the Temple to Diana we passed by the Convento dos Loios and decided to visit there also. As you can see it has a nice decorative entrance arch with some statuary and inscriptions, including what looks to be a tomb in the floor. We entered and found to our surprise that the entire convent had been turned into a Pousada (see...

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  • General Information

    The Local Tourist Office is located at: Praça do Giraldo 73 - 7000-508 Évora Tel: +351-26-6702671 Business hours: Summer: 9AM - 7 PM Winter: 9AM - 6PM USEFUL LINKS: Evora council

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  • Cathedral

    Just a few extra views and thoughts on Evora's Se. In the first photo you can see Zohara pointing upwards at a doorway in the middle of a wall, yes a doorway. Doorway to where, well your guess is as good as mine, I just hope that there was a sign on the other side of the door saying "watch your step". Several paintings we found at the Se were in...

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