Evora Portugal Tourism and holiday Guide
Evora is a delightful Portuguese city that is situated in the heart of the arid Alentejo region of central Portugal. Historically, Evora was an important trading and religious centre, and this is reflected by the many varied tourist sights and attractions that are contained within the city walls.
The Praça do Giraldo is the heart of Evora
Evora makes for a fantastic tourist destination either as part of a tour of central Portugal or as a day trip from Lisbon. This guide will provide an introduction to Evora and links to further, in-depth information.
Why Visit Evora?
Evora has the second largest amount of national monuments of any Portuguese city and is second only to Lisbon. These historic monuments are varied, ranging from prehistoric standing stones through to Roman temples or from the ancient cathedral to the ghoulish bone chapel.
The streets of Evora are a delight to explore as inside the city walls there are narrow cobbled streets lined with traditional painted house that contain a relaxed way of life that have not been altered in generations. For a guide to the major sights of the city please click here.
Is Evora old and boring?
Evora should not be mistaken as a sleepy old relic that is reliant on its glorious past: the city is young and vibrant, with a large student population who attend one of the world’s oldest universities. There are numerous small late night bars and excellent family run restaurants. Evora is not loud or brash but underneath the conservative exterior is a social and welcoming city.
The Diana Roman Temple is the most famous attraction in Evora
How long to visit Evora?
To get the most from the city a stay of at least two nights is required. If you have a rental car Evora can be a great base from which to explore the surround region, such as Estremoz, Evoramonte and the highly fortified city of Elvas.
Evora as a day trip from Lisbon
Evora can be visited as a day trip from Lisbon but the day will be very long due to the 90-minute train/bus journey and the intense summer heat can make it very draining. For an extensive guide about visiting Evora as a day trip from Lisbon please click here.
The very creep bone chapel
When best to Visit Evora?
Early spring is the best time to visit Evora, the rolling plains are green and full of flowers while the days are bright and pleasant. Summers are extremely hot in the Alentejo region and sightseeing can only be done in the early morning or late in the afternoon.
The Almendres Cromlech standing stones
If you do visit during the summer, follow the locals example, by operating at a much slower pace and taking a long lunch, as the entire city shuts down to avoid the midday heat. Click here for a guide to the weather of the region.
Lisbon to Evora
Evora is connected to Lisbon by a reliable and inexpensive public transport network. There are many more daily bus services than train but we personally prefer the relaxing train journey. Journey times for both bus and train are around 90 minutes and the fares are comparable, €12.50 for an adult single. For a guide to traveling from Lisbon to Evora please click here.
Evora train station is modern but very quiet
Is Evora Expensive?
Evora is a comparatively cheap tourist destination for accommodation, food and entrance fees. Evora does have such a peak summer season (due to the weather) and accommodation is reasonably priced throughout the year. The best prices or accommodation tend to sell out first, so it is always advisable to book hotels as far in-advance as possible. For a list of the best hotels and their rates please click here.
Exploring the Evora region
There are many great day trips from Evora but a rental car is often needed as public transport can very be limited or provides poor connections. Driving is very easy in the Alentejo region as the roads are very quiet and are of a good standard.