Evora is a World Heritage town. The Evora Day Trip from Lisbon starts departing from Lisbon cross the bridge over the Tagus river towards this bucolic landscaping full of cork oak trees, olive groves and vineyards until we reach the medieval walls and whitewashed houses of the city where we can stroll along its narrow streets to travel back in time. The city’s history combines with the handicrafts of the local artists making everything from ceramic to cork products to furniture and embroideries.
Highlights of our Evora Day Trip from Lisbon
Some of the highlights of the trip are:
The Roman Temple
The Roman Temple is a 2nd century BC Roman temple, with a long and interesting history. It is considered the best preserved Roman Temple in Portugal or Spain and is commonly called the Temple of Diana.
The City Walls
Like many cities with Roman origins, there is more than one wall in the city: The Old wall, started by the Romans in the 3rd century, encircled what is not the upper part of the city and the Cathedral. The “new” walls were originally built in the late middle ages and have been largely unchanged throughout the ages.
St. Francis Church
This is the largest single nave Gothic church in Portugal. This 15th century church was once the royal chapel, hosting the wedding of Prince Alfonso with Isabella of Castilla in 1490. Its most famous element is no doubt the Capela dos Ossos, the Bone Chapel. The Bone Chapel was built in the 17th century using human bones and it serves as a reminder of our mortality.
The University of Evora
The University building was completed in 1559 and is considered a Baroque masterpiece and Portugal’s second oldest university. The Hall of Solemn Acts façade and the classrooms themselves are not to be missed if school is not in session!
An Alentejo or a Setubal Wine Tasting
Extend the day and visit the wine region of Alentejo to discover the local wines, which is one of the most popular varieties in Portugal. Alternatively, stop on the way back to Lisbon in the wine region of Setubal for a winery visit and tasting just outside of Lisbon.
Cork Factory Visit in the Alentejo Region
The Alentejo region is the number 1 producer of cork in the world, so why not visit the local Cork factory to discover the secrets of the region’s prized!