Evora - UNESCO World Heritage in the Alentejo

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Evora - starting point for the Rota do Peixe

Evora in Portugal - 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 in Portugal. Evora Portugal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the largest place we get to know along our route. Also, it is one of the oldest places we visit on this trip. Evora in Portugal was settled long before the Romans.



The history of Evora in Portugal

The city of Evora is rich in history and culture. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it attracts visitors from all over the world. But what makes Evora so special?

The history of Evora goes back a long way. It was inhabited even before the Romans. However, the Romans left impressive traces. The Roman temple, also called the Temple of Diana, is a testament to this time. It towers majestically over the city and is a reminder of its long history.

After the Romans came the Moors. They ruled Evora for nearly four centuries. Their presence can still be felt today, especially in architecture. Narrow, winding streets and whitewashed houses characterize the cityscape.

In the 12th century, the Christians recaptured Evora. They built magnificent churches and monasteries. Evora Cathedral, one of the most important Gothic buildings in Portugal, dates from this period.

Evora flourished in the 16th century. It became the residence of kings. Magnificent palaces and patrician houses were built. The university was founded. Science and art flourished.

Today Evora is a living museum. Every street, every building tells a story. As a visitor, you dive into the past. You feel the spirit of the story. And you understand why Evora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Evora Cathedral in Portugal
Evora Cathedral in Portugal


Our arrival from Lisbon to Evora

From the airport to Lisbon we need about an hour and a half by car to reach the city. If you before your Journey to the Alentejo If you want to stay in the capital for a few days, you can stay inexpensively in these Lisbon hostels stay.


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However, once we arrive, we continue straight 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 path to the cathedral leads us through the narrow Rua Cinco de Octubro. Pottery is sold 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 towards the two church towers. These glow golden in the evening light. The Cathedral is one of the most important Gothic buildings in Portugal. Twelve apostles stand guard at the entrance to the church. However, there is not enough time for a visit.


Roman Temple - Evora Portugal UNESCO World Heritage
Roman Temple – Evora Portugal UNESCO World Heritage


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.


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Sunset in Evora
Sunset in Evora


Evora in Portugal - a melting pot of cultures

Evora, the UNESCO World Heritage in Portugal, is a melting pot of cultures. History and modernity merge here to create a unique experience. Evora's culture is deeply rooted in its history. The city was shaped by Romans, Moors and Christians. Each of these cultures has left its mark. You see it in the architecture, hear it in the music and taste it in the kitchen.

The historic old town is a living museum. Here you will find, for example, impressive buildings such as the Roman temple and the Cathedral of Evora. But the narrow streets and whitewashed houses also tell their stories.

However, the culture of Evora is not only anchored in the past. It is alive and dynamic. The city is a center for art and music. Therefore, there are regular festivals and events that fill the streets with life.

The people of Evora are proud of their heritage. They keep their traditions and are happy to share them with visitors. Hospitality is also very important. They make Evora a place to visit.

Evora's culture is unique. It is a mixture of old and new, tradition and innovation. It makes Evora an unforgettable experience.


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 in Portugal
Praca do Giraldo in Evora in Portugal


Local cuisine in Evora in Portugal

The cuisine of Evora in Portugal is a feast for the senses. It is shaped by the history and culture of the Alentejo region. Here you will discover flavors that you will never forget. Start your culinary journey with a "Sopa de Cação", for example. This is a traditional cartilaginous shark soup. It's hearty, flavorful and incredibly delicious. Or try “Migas à Alentejana”. This is a dish made with bread, garlic and olive oil, often served with pork.

Main courses are often rustic and hearty. "Ensopado de Borrego", a lamb stew, is also a classic. The lamb is cooked slowly until tender and juicy. This is often accompanied by potatoes and fresh vegetables.

But save room for dessert! Evora is also famous for its sweets. "Pão de Rala", a sweet bread with egg yolk and cinnamon, is a must. Or try sericaia, a creamy custard often served with plums.

And don't forget to taste the local wine. The Alentejo is also known for its excellent wines. A glass of red wine is the perfect accompaniment to your meal.

Evora's cuisine is a journey of discovery. She is honest, down to earth and full of taste.

Our dinner at Café Alentejo

So let's not miss out on Evora's specialities. Just a few steps from the away, is the Café Alentejo. They are already waiting for us there. We are trying fish specialties from the Alentejo here for the first time. The shark soup is also on our 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 – Evora Portugal UNESCO World Heritage


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. The chapel was also intended to commemorate 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.

The best time to go to Evora in Portugal

Evora, the UNESCO World Heritage in Portugal, is worth a visit at any time of the year. But some times are particularly attractive.

In spring, from March to June, Evora comes alive. The temperatures are pleasant, ideal for walks through the historic old town. The landscape is blossoming and the days are longer. It's a perfect time to quietly enjoy the beauty of Evora.

Summer, from July to September, is hot and dry. Temperatures can get high. But don't worry, Evora's narrow streets still offer shade and refreshment. Plus, the long summer evenings are perfect for sampling the local cuisine and experiencing the vibrant culture.

Autumn, from October to November, is a wonderful time to visit. Temperatures are milder and the city is less crowded. The harvest in the Alentejo is then in full swing. It is therefore a great opportunity to taste the local wines.

Winter, from December to February, is cool and calm. It's therefore the perfect time to experience Evora without the crowds. The historical buildings and the charming streets have a special atmosphere in the winter silence. We visited Evora in January and pretty much had the town to ourselves. A great experience!

Transport options from Lisbon to Evora

Evora, the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Portugal, is easily accessible from Lisbon. There are various transport options for this.

The fastest option is the car. The journey takes about 1,5 hours. You drive on the A2 and then on the A6. The roads are well maintained and the views are fantastic. But remember, there are tolls on the highways.

Another option is the bus. The journey takes approximately 2 hours. Buses depart regularly from Sete Rios bus station in Lisbon. It is a convenient and also an affordable option.

You can also take the train. The journey takes approximately 2 hours. Trains depart from Oriente Station in Lisbon. It's a relaxing way to travel. You can enjoy the scenery and look forward to your visit to Evora.

Another option is an organized tour. Many companies also offer day trips from Lisbon to Evora. They often include transportation, a guide, and entrance to attractions.


Organized tours from Lisbon to Evora


Questions and answers about Evora in Portugal


Are there any special events or festivals I should attend in Evora?

Yes, Evora hosts various festivals and events throughout the year. These include, for example, the Evora Music Fest in summer and the Gastronomic Festival in autumn.

Is Evora child friendly? What is there for families to do?

Yes, Evora is a great city for families. There are many parks and playgrounds, as well as interesting museums that children will love.

What's the weather like in Evora?

Evora has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. Average temperatures range from 8°C in January to 30°C in August.

Is there public transport in Evora?

Yes, Evora has a network of city buses serving the main attractions and areas of the city.

What souvenirs should I bring back from Evora?

Typical souvenirs from Evora include handmade ceramics, cork products and local wines and olive oils.

Is Evora accessible?

Many of the historical sites and roads in Evora are accessible, but there can be challenges in some areas. It is therefore best to check specific locations in advance.



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

Text Evora Portugal: © Copyright Monika Fuchs and TravelWorldOnline
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Evora - UNESCO World Heritage in the Alentejo

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn

22 thoughts too "Evora - UNESCO World Heritage in the Alentejo"

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

    1. 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,

  2. 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!

    1. 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,

  3. 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,

    1. 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,

    1. Hello Victoria,

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

      Best regards,
      Monika and Petar

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

  5. 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

    1. 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,

  6. 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,

    1. Hi Alex,

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

      Best regards,

    1. 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,

  7. 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

    1. Thank you, dear Sabine. Portugal - or better the Alentejo - we really liked it. Where is your journey going?

      Best regards,

  8. 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!

    1. 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,

  9. 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.

    1. 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 like to have looked at. 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,

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