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10 Things to do in Évora

April 23, 2016

Évora is the world heritage site city 83 miles south east of Lisbon, perfect for a day trip away from the capital or for staying overnight to see some of the fantastic sights this little city has to offer. From the creepy catacombs to the crumbling walls, Évora is a vastly interesting town with a gothic edge you’ll not want to miss seeing.

1. Vist the Cathedral of Évora The Cathedral of Évora is one of the best ways to see a lot in a small amount of time. €4.50 will allow you access to the tower, the monastery, the church and the church’s museum. And, yes, it’s worth it. The tower is nothing like that of a usual church tower with barriers surrounding the edges. Instead, you have access to the whole of the roof with panoramic views of the city. It’s a lovely place for sunbathing or for photography. However, if you’re afraid of heights, the excessive ‘danger’ signs might mean you should give this one a miss.2. Visit the Museu de ÉvoraNearby the Cathedral is Évora’s biggest museum, with architectural artifacts, religious art, tiles and more. This is a quiet spot in a great location and here you can learn more about the history of this beautiful city. 3. See the Roman Temple of EvoraÉvora’s most prominent landmark is the roman temple. It has been preserved since the 1st century even though today, only the 12 columns and the bottom quarter of the temple still survive.4. See the churchesÉvora is a city with many churches, most of which you can visit. It can be fun to wander around the town, looking at the interesting architecture or seeing inside.5. Get lost in the city streetsÉvora is not a sleepy old town like you would imagine, but a beautiful city full of life. It is a university town so the people on the streets are a pleasant mix of locals, students and tourists. Yet it is still a safe, quiet area to get lost down the quaint cobbled street between the bright, white houses.6. Walk down by the aqueductThe aqueduct is a 16th century project designed to give clean drinking water to Évora. If the weather is nice, a walk down by the aqueduct through the fields can be charming and will give you an interesting perspective of the city.7. Visit an art galleryÉvora has a number of free, pop-up art galleries and art auctions showcasing local art pieces which can be interesting to see if you’re an art lover.8. See the Chapel of BonesArguably one of the most intriguing tourist attractions in Évora is the Chapel of Bones, a resting place of hundreds of bodies collected from graveyards in the 16th century. The chapel itself is home to 5000 bones used to create intricately eerie designs in the walls and ceiling of the chapel. It’s worth a visit if you’re interested in the darker aspects of tourism or want to see something truly unique in Portugal.9. Visit the Jardim Público de ÉvoraThis public garden is a nice place for a picnic, relaxing or for walking around spotting peacocks and swans. There are interesting ruins too see here and it is the largest green area in the city.10. See the Praca do GiraldoThe main square in Évora is home to relaxing open-air cafes, shops and restaurants and is a great place for people watching. Interestingly, this is the location of one of the focal points of the Spanish Inquisition and where Duke of Braganza was executed in 1484.

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  • Reply Linda May 2, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    Son of a gun, this is so helfpul!

    • Reply LauraCawley May 4, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      Thank you c:

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