Drive to Évora, an UNESCO´s World Heritage Site, the ancient capital of the Alentejo region. The best way to see Évora is on foot, walking through its narrow streets lined with whitewashed houses and shops, outdoor cafes, and historic sites: Praça do Giraldo - this is the starting point. Located in the heart of the city, Giraldo Plaza is lined with sidewalk cafes, restaurants and shops. Note the marble fountain with eight spouts, representing the eight streets leading to the plaza.
Roman Temple - From Giraldo Plaza head toward the Roman Temple of Diana, located in the Conde Vila Flor square, and the Roman baths, a selfie-taking landmark.
Cathedral (Sé) - After the Roman ruins head to the biggest cathedral in Portugal - Évora Cathedral, also known as Sé de Évora, was initially built in the 13th century. Its facade was built with rose granite. The two massive towers were completed in the 16th century and feature conical spires surrounded by six turrets.
Museum - While you’re at the Conde Vila Flor, take time for the Evora Museum, which is actually built on top of the town’s Roman forum. The museum has about 20,000 outstanding pieces of painting, sculpture and archaeology, and it’s free the first Sunday of every month.
Other Places of Interest - From the cathedral, we visit the Graça and São Francisco Church. São Francisco Church is particularly interesting due to its peculiar Chapel of Bones. The chapel gets its name because the interior walls are covered and decorated with human skulls and bones. Built in the 16th century by a Franciscan monk, the bones were meant to symbolize the transitory aspect of life.
The Restaurante Cartuxa Wine & Flavours is located in the historic centre of Évora, in the Eugénio de Almeida Forum, right next to the city’s iconic Roman Temple and close by the Cathedral, Museum and Palace of the Dukes of Cadaval. The menu is inspired by Mediterranean cuisine where flavours of the Alentejo take pride of place. Under the direction of chef Bouazza, old family recipes are recreated from seasonal, regionally sourced produce, taking great care to preserve traditional flavours. The restaurant wine list suggests some of the best ALentejo Wines to accompany the meal.