Évora is a fascinating historic city located in the Alentejo province, in the south-central part of Portugal.  Situated on top of a hill, some 150 km south east of Lisbon, it is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage City with plenty of remarkable ancient sites to be discovered.  With more than 2000 years of history it has a perfect mix of various architectural influences from large Roman squares to narrow streets with a Moorish influence.
The old town of Evora is especially remarkable, partially enclosed by medieval walls and containing the city’s key attractions such as the Roman Temple, the cathedral and the Geraldo square.  Evora is also known as a ”golden age city” embracing various influences from other part of the world including Brazil.

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Evora top 10 attractions

The following are the top 10 sites one must visit while exploring Evora.

  1. Roman Temple of Évora
  2. Cathedral of Évora
  3. Praça do Geraldo
  4. University of Évora
  5. Água de Prata Aqueduct
  6. Saint Francis Church
  7. City Museum
  8. Renaissance fountain
  9. Almendres Cromlech megalithic complex

Roman Temple of Évora

The Roman Temple is perhaps the cities most known landmark.  It was built in the 1st century by the Romans and some believe it was dedicated to the Emperor Augustus.  It is build in a Corinthian style with a total of fourteen granite columns currently remaining of which six on the front.

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Cathedral of Évora

The Cathedral is another key attraction of Évora as well as one of the most important gothic monuments of Portugal.  It was built across many periods but mainly  between 1280 and 1340.  Some of its key features include the statues of the Apostles, the Manueline style transept chapel, the Baroque main chapel and the renaissance pipe organ.

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Praça do Geraldo

The Praça do Geraldo is the main square of Évora and perhaps an ideal place to start a visit of the city or enjoy a small break at the various terraced cafes or restaurants. What was once an execution ground, where no less than 22, 000 condemnations took place during the Inquisition, it has today became the locals most famous meeting place surrounded with beautiful townhouses and various boutiques.  At its heart lies a fountain erected in 1571 and containing eight jets which symbolize the eight streets leading into the square.  At one end of the square is the 16th century Renaissance Church of Santo Antão.

University of Évora

The University of Évora which was Formerly a Jesuit college was built by Cardinal-King Henrique in 1559.  It includes the 16th century Mannerist church and the academic buildings surrounding the large 17th-18th century cloister.

Água de Prata Aqueduct

The Água de Prata Aqueduct or Aqueduct of Silver Water is a remarkable piece of engineering stretching for no less than 9 km.  The aqueduct was designed by the military architect Francisco de Arruda, the man behind the famous Belém Tower in Lisbon, and built between 1531–1537 by King João III to supply the city with water.  It is especially famous at one end, where various houses and shops where built in between the large arches.

Saint Francis Church

The Igreja de São Francisco or Saint Francis Church is a perfect mix of Gothic-Manueline styles.  Built during the 15th and 16th century it is mostly famous for its Capela dos Ossos, the Chapel of Bones which is entirely covered with more than 5000 human  skulls.  As for the wide nave of the church it is a masterpiece of late Gothic architecture.

City Museum

The City Museum, located right next to Evora’s cathedral is the perfect place to learn more about Evora’s complex history with various artefacts from Roman columns to modern sculpture passing by 15th and 16th-century paintings.  Perhaps one of the most admire piece of Art it the 15th century Holy Virgin with Child by Alvaro Pires.

Renaissance fountain

The Renaissance fountain at Largo das Portas de Moura is the original fountain built in 1556.  It refers to the Age of Discovery with its globe surrounded by water.

Almendres Cromlech megalithic complex

The Cromeleque dos Almendres which are not located in Evora as such , but some 15 km outside town, are definitely worth a visit.  Those Megalithic monuments are known to be one the largest existing group of structured menhirs in the Iberian Peninsula and in Europe.

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Evora hotels

The following are some of the best rated 3, 4 and 5 stars hotels in Evora. Click here to view all the hotels avialable in Evora.

M’Ar De Ar Aqueduto Hotel

Rua Candido Dos Reis 72/78, Evora, Portugal  – 5 Stars
All rooms have television, desk, in room safe as well as other amenities. Featuring restaurant, 24hr room service, bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning, this Evora hotel is sure to make each guest’s trip an enjoyable one. Unwind after your day with a choice of massage, garden, outdoor pool – just a few of the hotel’s excellent sporting and leisure offerings. With its commitment to service and focus on hospitality, you’ll enjoy your stay at M’Ar De Ar Aqueduto Hotel.
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Albergaria Solar de Monfalim

Largo da Misericordia nº1, Evora, Portugal – 5 Stars
Each room includes in room safe, hair dryer, television. The hotel boasts business centre, safety deposit boxes, bar/pub as part of its superior facilities and services. The hotel blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay.
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M’Ar De Ar Muralhas Hotel

Travessa de Palmeira 4, Evora, Portugal – 4 Stars
Guests will find inhouse movies, daily newspaper, desk, air conditioning waiting in each room. Guests will enjoy the hotel’s excellent facilities and services including laundry service/dry cleaning, elevator, bar/pub, shops. Guests may take advantage of sporting or leisure activities such as outdoor pool at this hotel. Everything the hotel does is centred around the guest’ experience, ensuring comfort and relaxation.
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Best Western Santa Clara Hotel

Travessa Da Milheira 19, Evora, Portugal 7000-545 – 3 Stars
Guests will find all of the finest amenities in each of the 41 rooms in this popular 3-star hotel. All rooms have desk, internet access – wireless, hair dryer as well as other amenities. Laundry service/dry cleaning, bar/pub, meeting facilities are some of the extra comforts you’ll find at this Evora hotel. Guests will find this service-oriented hotel with superb facilities and amenities provides excellent value.
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Quinta Do Cruzeiro – Estrada Nacional, City Centre, Evora, Portugal – 4 Stars
All rooms have mini bar, television, air conditioning, in room safe as well as other amenities. In addition, this property in Evora has shops, restaurant, 24hr room service. The hotel provides superior recreational and leisure facilities including garden, jacuzzi, indoor pool, gym. With a full range of popular amenities and a friendly, caring staff, it’s no wonder guests keep returning to Evora Hotel.
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Dom Fernando Hotel

Avenida Dr. Barahona N-2, Evora, Portugal – 3 Stars
Each of the 102 rooms at this 3-star hotel have all the comforts and conveniences of home. To make each guest’s stay comfortable, all rooms feature desk, mini bar, air conditioning. Also to be found at the hotel are laundry service/dry cleaning, elevator, bar/pub, meeting facilities. Guests may take advantage of sporting or leisure activities such as outdoor pool at this hotel. With a full range of popular amenities and a friendly, caring staff, it’s no wonder guests keep returning to Dom Fernando Hotel.
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Hotel Riviera

Rua 5 de Outubro 47-49, Evora, Portugal – 4 Stars
There are bathtub, television, in room safe, satellite/cable TV in each of the hotel’s well-equipped rooms. The hotel boasts car park, laundry service/dry cleaning as part of its superior facilities and services. The hotel blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay.
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Hotel Quinta Dos Bastos

Quinta Dos Bastos, Estrada Senhor Dos Aflitos (A 1,5Km De evora), Evora, Portugal  – 3 Stars
Desk, television, air conditioning are among the amenities guests will find in every room. For the comfort and convenience of guests, you’ll also find disabled facilities on-site. The hotel blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay.
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Casa De S. Tiago Hotel

Largo Alexandre Herculano 2, Evora, Portugal  – 4 Stars
Some of the features you’ll enjoy are air conditioning, non smoking rooms, television. Featuring 24hr room service, laundry service/dry cleaning, valet parking, concierge, this Evora hotel is sure to make each guest’s trip an enjoyable one. Guests may make use of the hotel’s excellent recreational and leisure facilities including garden. Everything the hotel does is centred around the guest’ experience, ensuring comfort and relaxation.
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Quinta Da Espada Hotel

Apartado 68, Evora, Portugal 7002 – 3 Stars
Non smoking rooms, bathtub, television are among the amenities guests will find in every room. Other features at the hotel include bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning, shops. The hotel provides superior recreational and leisure facilities including garden, water sports (non-motorized). The hotel blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay.
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