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Evora - UNESCO World Heritage in the Alentejo

Praca do Giraldo Evora
Praca do Giraldo Evora

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.

Cathedral of Evora
Cathedral of Evora

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.

Roman temple
Roman temple

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.

Evora at sunset
Evora at sunset

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As soon as the last rays of sunshine on the facades disappear, we turn back to the city. Therefore, we leisurely stroll back to , 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.

Praca do Giraldo in Evora
Praca do Giraldo in Evora

Dinner at the Café Alentejo

Only steps from the 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.

Meat specialties from the Alentejo
Meat specialties 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.

Capela dos Ossos
Capela dos Ossos

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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Travel Arrangements:

Check in:

The nearest airport is Lisbon (130 km). There you can also rent a car.

Cars:

Cheap car hire - book here! *

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.

Excursions

Book here Trips to and in Evora *


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Source: own research on site. We were invited to this trip by Aptece, Visit Alentejo and the Rota do Peixe. Our opinion, however, remains our own.

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

Responses

  1. Lisa
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    Again wonderful. We count the days to Portugal. We still have to wait for 6 weeks. How was the weather from the temperatures?

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Hi Lisa,

      most days, the temperatures (in January) were between 10 and 15 degrees. On a runaway day, they dropped to 7 degrees. For that we had sunshine on the whole trip.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  2. Franzi
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    Hello you two,
    WOW! I would visit the city alone for the Roman temple and the "Bone Church"! Thank you for introducing me, thinking about traveling to Portugal this summer and already know what I definitely want to visit :)

    Greetings from Holland!

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Hello Franzi,

      Evora has more to offer: D A city that is a World Heritage Site, good food, very hospitable people. We felt very comfortable there.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  3. Katja
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    Hello you two,
    You read and see how much joy you had on your trip to Portugal.
    So I know now, Portugal can also be a winter destination :-)
    Best regards
    Katja

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Hello dear Katja,

      yes, Portugal - or rather the Alentejo - has thrilled us. A region exactly to our taste ... in the truest sense of the word: D.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  4. Victoria of Nesting Nomads
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    Hello you two,
    what a nice overview I now have about Portugal. Great pictures and a great city, because it will probably have us once lost.

    Regards
    Victoria

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Hello Victoria,

      the Alentejo is really worth a trip for those who like an authentic country with hospitable people.

      Best regards,
      Monika and Petar

  5. Anke
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    Hello you two - Portugal is already one of the dream destinations and you make with your great report again feel like more.

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Hello Anke,

      and when does the trip go to Portugal?

      Best regards,
      Monika

  6. Nicole from PASSENGER X
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    Hey you two,
    Evora makes a delightful impression, how nice that you could take the evening sun with you. The chapel of the bones, I think, would not be for me, even if it really makes you think ...

    Best regards
    Nicole from the travel blog PASSENGER X

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Dear Nicole,

      Evora is a nice place, that's right. I also think we were lucky to see him in the evening light - the perfect time for it. The Chapel of the Bones is certainly not for everyone, but it came into being at a time when people were thinking very differently about things like this.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  7. Orange Diamond Blog
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    Hi monika,
    that's a nice spot! And I think I have just decided to spend a holiday in Portugal. It is very nice. Your pictures and your text are wonderfully chosen. Thanks for my new trip!

    Best regards,
    Alex.

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Hi Alex,

      I am happy if I could convince you of a new destination. The Alentejo also liked us very much.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  8. Anja
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    Evora? Never heard of the place. He reminds me of the pictures a bit of Valencia and the food looks really delicious.

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      That did not change, Anja. We also heard about Evora just before this trip. But the place is worth a visit. It offers a lot of sights and is also the perfect starting point for a trip through the Alentejo.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  9. Sabine
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    A wonderful report! A very exciting city that I've never heard of before ... and the Bone Chapel, you can only see that in fantasy films. I am really looking forward to October, then we are going to Portugal.
    Kind regards
    Sabine

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Thank you, dear Sabine. Portugal - or better the Alentejo - we really liked it. Where is your journey going?

      Best regards,
      Monika

  10. Michaela
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    Have never heard of this place, but looks quite interesting - especially the Roman temple I like and the chapel of the bones sounds also interesting. Thank you for the exciting article!

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Dear Michaela,

      The Chapel of Bones is a strange place. Somehow a tribute to the dead, but also a place that makes you think.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  11. Daniela
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    I have never heard of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. I could like the place. Especially culinary you have convinced me immediately. The video rounds off your article again perfectly. Really nice.

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Thank you, dear Daniela.

      Evora also surprised us. We had never heard of this place before our trip. When we were there, it was like so often: we had too little time, because he offers a lot more, what we would have liked to see. But at least the highlights we could look at in the shortness of time.

      I am especially pleased that you like Petar's video so much. I also think that it summarizes our trip well.

      Best regards,
      Monika

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