Évora and the Alentejo

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  • 1. Castelo de Estremoz


    The former royal palace, an impressive hilltop fortress towering over the city, is the highlight of any visit to Estremoz (it now functions...Read More

  • 2. Castelo de Montemor-o-Novo


    One of the most beautiful in the region, this huge castle towers over the city. It includes an ancient porta da vila (city gate) that could...Read More

  • 3. Castelo de Serpa


    Serpa's 11th-century aqueduct forms an integral part of the walls of the 13th-century castle, from which there's a stunning view of town. The...Read More

  • 4. Convento de Nossa Senhora da Conceição


    Facing a broad plaza in the oldest part of town, the Convent of Our Lady of the Conception was founded in 1459 by the parents of King Manuel...Read More

  • 5. Coudelaria de Alter


    If you're interested in horses, you must visit the Alter Stud Farm, 22 km (14 miles) southwest of Portalegre. It was founded by Dom João V in...Read More

  • 6. Cripta Arqueológica do Castelo


    This stunning underground fortress displays archaeological relics from 2,600 years of settlement here. In the mid-1990s, archaeologists discovered...Read More

  • 7. Igreja de São Francisco

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    After the Sé, this is the most impressive of Évora's churches. Its construction in the early 16th century, on the site of a former Gothic chapel...Read More

  • 8. Igreja de São João Evangelista

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This small church next to the former Convento dos Lóios, which is now the Pousada dos Lóios, houses one of the most impressive displays of 18th...Read More

  • 9. Jardim de Diana


    Opposite the Templo Romano, this restful, tree-lined park looks out over the aqueduct and the plains from the modest heights of what is sometimes...Read More

  • 10. Mosteiro de Sao Bernardo


    Founded in 1518, the Monastery of Saint Bernard is a beautiful Renaissance property that includes a tiled church, cloisters with a central garden...Read More

  • 11. Museu Municipal de Mértola


    Mértola has a handful of fine museums all within walking distance of one another on the town's hilltop, which together make a wonderful afternoon...Read More

  • 12. Paço Ducal


    This opulent palace draws a great many visitors—and for good reason. Built of locally quarried marble, the palace's main wing extends for some...Read More

  • 13. Praça do Giraldo


    The arcade-lined square in the center of the old walled city is named after Évora's liberator, Gerald the Fearless. During Caesar's time, the...Read More

  • 14. Praia Do Malhão


    One of the longest beaches in the Vila Nova de Milfontes area, Malhão is popular with surfers, anglers, and a small colony of nudists on the...Read More

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    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this breathtaking cathedral was constructed in 1186 from huge granite blocks. It has been enhanced over the centuries...Read More

  • 16. Sinagoga

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A Jewish community is believed to have existed in Castelo de Vide since the 12th century, and reached its peak in the 15th century, bolstered...Read More

  • 17. Templo Romano


    The well-preserved ruins of the Roman Temple dominate Largo do Conde de Vila Flor. The edifice, considered one of the finest of its kind on...Read More

  • 18. Anta Grande do Zambujeiro


    The 20-foot-high Dolmen of Zambujeiro is the largest of its kind on the Iberian Peninsula. This prehistoric monument is typical of those found...Read More

  • 19. Aqueduto

    Notable Building

    This impressive structure from the 11th century used to ferry water to Serpa from wells in the countryside. In the 17th century, a wheel pump...Read More

  • 20. Aqueduto da Água de Prata


    The graceful arched Silver Water Aqueduct, which once carried water to Évora from the springs at Graça do Divor, is best seen as you drive along...Read More

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