Évora and the Alentejo

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Évora and the Alentejo - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Casa-Museu José Regio


    Halfway between the cathedral and the castle, the José Regio House and Museum was named for a local poet who bequeathed his collection of religious...Read More

  • 5. Centro Ciência Viva

    Educational Institution

    Centuries ago this white stucco building was a convent, but now it's a quirky little science museum—a great stop if you have kids in tow. The...Read More

  • 6. Centro Interpretativo do Tapete de Arraiolos


    For an in-depth history of the intricate weavings produced in and around this community, visit the Centro Interpretativo do Tapete de Arraiolos...Read More

  • 7. Irmas Flores Artesano


    For authentic Estremoz crafts, head to this tiny workshop where you can watch local women molding clay and painting their ceramic creations...Read More

  • 8. Museu Arqueológico


    This little gem of a museum located inside the castle walls has light-filled rooms displaying artifacts from Serpa dating from the Paleolithic...Read More

  • 9. Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Elvas


    Focusing on 20th-century artists, this musem is definitely worth a visit if you're curious about modern aesthetics in otherwise traditional...Read More

  • 10. Museu de Évora


    This handsome museum is in a stately late-17th-century baroque building between the Sé and the Largo do Conde de Vila Flor. Once a palace that...Read More

  • 11. Museu de Tapeçaria Guy Fino


    This wonderful museum holds a contemporary collection of the tapestries that made Portalegre world famous. The museum is named after Guy Fino...Read More

  • 12. Museu Do Fresco


    This small museum, next to the parish church, displays religious artifacts, well-preserved frescoes, and the original town charter, signed by...Read More

  • 13. Museu do Mármore Raquel de Castro


    This museum offers an interesting look at Alentejo's local marble industry, which has sustained Vila Viçosa and made it prosperous. It's on...Read More

  • 14. Museu do Relógio


    Housed in a 16th-century convent, this quirky little museum displays a collection of thousands of clocks, with a permanent exhibition titled...Read More

  • 15. Museu Municipal da Fotografia João Carpinteiro


    Housed in a 1930s movie theater, the municipal photography museum's permanent collection includes 19th-century cameras, black-and-white images...Read More

  • 16. Museu Municipal de Estremoz


    This museum is housed in a lovely 17th-century almshouse across from the castle. Its displays chronicle the development of the region and range...Read More

  • 17. Museu Municipal de Marvão


    At the foot of the path leading to the town's castle is Marvão's municipal museum, in the 13th-century Church of Saint Mary. The small gallery...Read More

  • 18. Museu Visigótico


    This museum is next to the Castelo de Beja in a 6th-century church—one of Portugal's oldest standing buildings. It houses an impressive collection...Read More

  • 19. Museu Etnográfico


    Housed in the old market building, this small but well-appointed museum exhibits the tools of traditional local crafts, such as the production...Read More

  • 20. Museu de Arte Sacra


    Housed in a towering 17th-century convent next to the tourist office, it's worth a peek into this museum to see 17th- and 18th-century religious...Read More

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