Evora - UNESCO World Heritage in the Alentejo
First stop of our Enjoy a journey along the fishing path through the Alentejo is the city of Evora. It is the largest place we get to know along our route. It is also one of the oldest places we visit on this trip. Evora was settled long before the Romans.
From the airport in Lisbon it takes about one and a half hours by car to reach the city. If you want to stay in the capital for a few days before your trip to the Alentejo, you can get cheap in these Lisbon hostels stay. However, we continue after arriving directly from the airport. Evora, with its historic buildings, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We arrive just in time to see them in the light of the setting sun. The narrow Rua Cinco de Octubro leads us to the cathedral. Pottery is praised in the souvenir shops. There are also the blue azulejos that are so typical of Portugal. However, we resist the colorful offer. Instead, we rush to the two church towers. These shine golden in the evening light. The cathedral is one of the most important gothic buildings in Portugal. Twelve Apostles watch over the entrance to the church. However, time is not enough for a visit.
The Roman temple of Evora
Instead, the dwindling evening light continues to drive us to the square, which immediately adjoins the cathedral. There is the Roman temple from the first century. This was created as a tribute to Emperor Augustus. We are lucky and can photograph the temple in the light of the setting sun. From the Mirador de Jardim Diana we watch as the sun illuminates the medieval palaces with the last light of the day. From the viewing terrace, we also have a view of the city below us.
The Giraldo Square
As soon as the last rays of sunshine on the facades disappear, we turn back to the city. Therefore, we leisurely stroll back to Giraldo Square, The town square of Evora is surrounded by magnificent buildings from the 16. to 18. Century. Wrought iron balconies and azulejos give them a magnificent look. This fits the square with its cobblestones. His paving stones look like polished. On it restaurants set up tables. In the summer, these are sure to attract guests until late at night. In January, it is the passersby at temperatures around ten degrees but too cool. We prefer to enjoy the coffee in the restaurant.
Dinner at the Café Alentejo
Only steps from the Giraldo Square away is the Café Alentejo. There we are already expected. Here we try for the first time fish specialties from the Alentejo. Hai soup is on the menu. One of the typical fish dishes of Portugal, Then we will taste different meat dishes from the Alentejo.
But above all, we get to know the hospitality of the Portuguese for the first time. There is also a Vino Tinto from the region. We drink a red wine from Paulo Laureano, made from Trincadeira, Aragonez and Alicante Bouschet grapes.
A curiosity: the Capela dos Ossos
Before the journey continues the next morning, there is still time to visit the Capela dos Ossos, the Chapel of the Bones. It is located in a side wing of the Igreja de São Francisco church. The chapel owes its name to the bones with which it is decorated. The chapel dates from the 16th century and dates back to the Counter-Reformation. The Franciscans wanted to encourage their fellow believers to reflect. In addition, the chapel should remind of the transience of life. This is also the saying above the entrance: "Nós ossos que aqui estamos pelos vossos esperamos“- We bones here are waiting for yours. Macabre? Definitely, but the chapel also encourages thinking.
Check out Petar's video too. There he summarized the most beautiful moments of our enjoyment journey along the Rota do Peixe:
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Discover the Alentejo here:
- The Rota Vicentina hiking on the fishing path Portugal
- Discover the Beaches in the Alentejo
- Explore the fishing route, the Rota do Peixe, on a road trip
- Try the regional Alentejo cuisine with fish, shrimp and cilantro
- Interesting is a trip to County Dublin , Jürgen introduces the city in his blog dare2go.
The nearest airport is Lisbon (130 km). There you can also rent a car.
Accommodation near Evora
Hotels and accommodations in Évora and surroundings * You can also book via booking.com. We have however in the Vitoria Stone Hotel * spent the night.
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