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Dominating Portugal’s Alentejo plain, ancient Évora reveals its secrets through architecture and gastronomy.

Alternately a Roman mercantile center, a Moorish capital, the seat of the medieval Portuguese royal court, and a well-to-do 18th-century trade hub, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Évora embodies Iberia’s history between its whitewashed walls and terracotta rooftops.

-°C / -°F Euro Portuguese Talaveral La Real Airport (BJZ), Lisboa Airport (LIS), Faro Airport (FAO)

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  1. Almendres Cromlech
    1. Almendres Cromlech

    Though not as well-known in popular culture as other regions, Alentejo is home to a number of impressive archaeological sites, including the Almendres megalithic site, the largest megalithic monument in the Iberian Peninsula and one of the oldest manmade monuments in Europe, predating Stonehenge by 2,000 years.

  2. Arraiolos
    2. Arraiolos

    The hills of Alentejo are filled with tiny fortified towns as picturesque and idyllic as Évora, their cobbled streets, medieval churches, and tree-lined squares awaiting exploration. One of the most compelling is Arraiolos, the historic center of Portuguese weaving. Admire its famous tapestries and carpets, visit the 14th-century castle, then relax at a family-run cafe over a glass of vinho verde.

  3. Capela dos Ossos
    3. Capela dos Ossos

    A tiny chapel off of Évora’s imposing Church of Saint Francis, in the town’s picturesque historic center, the Capela dos Ossos – or, Chapel of Bones – was built in the 16th century. The local Franciscan monks – concerned for the souls of the wealthy residents of Évora, and finding themselves with valuable land being used as cemeteries – created the catacombs-like church as a reminder of mortality.

  4. Herdade do Esporão
    4. Herdade do Esporão

    The Douro Valley may be Portugal’s best-known wine region, but Alentejo isn’t far behind, and renowned local winery Herdade do Esporão is a large reason why. Acres of vines spread out from a white-washed, 15th-century tower, where a cellar holds aging barrels of award-winning Trincadeira, Aragonez, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Visit the winery as part of a day of wine-tasting, and be sure to book tastings and tours of the estate in advance.

  5. Rua 5 de Outubro
    5. Rua 5 de Outubro

    Travel back in time with a stroll down this picturesque shopping street in the heart of historic Évora. From carved wooden spoons to baskets made of cork and wicker, from intricate ironwork to clay plates painted with rings of golden leaves, traditional handicrafts fill the shops that line this pedestrian passage.

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Monsaraz
Monsaraz

Wander the ancient streets of Monsaraz, whose inhabitants have included Visigoths and Romans.

Alentejo Wine Route Spend a day visiting wineries – and tasting local vintages – along the Alentejo Wine Route.
Praça do Giraldo
Praça do Giraldo

Admire both architecture and street scenes over a coffee at a sidewalk cafe on the Praça do Giraldo.

Cachopas Dairy Taste one of Alentejo’s most traditional cheeses at the Cachopas dairy.
Fundação Eugénio de Almeida Catch a performance of Portuguese guitar or an exhibition of Dali at the Fundação Eugénio de Almeida. In addition to concerts and art exhibitions, the foundation hosts seminars on topics like design, and workshops on architecture and literature.

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Convento do Espinheiro
A Luxury Collection Hotel, Evora

Convento do Espinheiro
Evora
7000 Portugal

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Convento do Espinheiro A Luxury Collection Hotel, Evora

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A Storied Past A Storied Past

Wander the halls and courtyards of the painstakingly restored 15th-century convent, built to commemorate the legend of an apparition of the Virgin Mary above a thorn bush (espinheiro).

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Culinary Traditions Culinary Traditions

Participate in Evora's renowned culinary tradition with gastronomy courses, like bread-baking classes that use the oven used by the convent's monks until the 19th century.

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Garden of Eden Garden of Eden

Start each day with a stroll through 20 acres of fragrant, manicured gardens, which include olive groves for the hotel's house-made olive oil.

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