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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the beauty of this walled Moorish city is best appreciated during peaceful walks through its charming streets and gardens like the grand Jardim Publico, which are as essential to its history and charm as the more major tourist sights. A very good map can be obtained from the Tourist Office (Praca do Geraldo). A good place to begin is the Praca do Giraldo, a prominent square and gathering place whose surrounding streets offer many shops and traditional restaurants. The city’s two principal churches are prime attractions. The Cathedral — the Se — is home to Europe’s oldest Renaissance organ as well as a treasury ...

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the beauty of this walled Moorish city is best appreciated during peaceful walks through its charming streets and gardens like the grand Jardim Publico, which are as essential to its history and charm as the more major tourist sights. A very good map can be obtained from the Tourist Office (Praca do Geraldo). A good place to begin is the Praca do Giraldo, a prominent square and gathering place whose surrounding streets offer many shops and traditional restaurants. The city’s two principal churches are prime attractions. The Cathedral — the Se — is home to Europe’s oldest Renaissance organ as well as a treasury of ornate reliquaries and fine rose windows. Sao Francisco, constructed in the Gothic style, houses the morbidly fascinating Franciscan Capela dos Ossos (bone chapel). Approximately 5,000 human skeletons decorate the walls in intricate patterns as a reminder to all of our own mortality. A visit to the city is not complete without seeing the remains of the 2nd century Roman Temple lit up at night. Near Evora are several outstanding prehistoric sites with dolmen and standing stones.

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Barbara Radcliffe Rogers has written or coauthored more than 30 guidebooks, including The Portugal Traveler, Drive Around Portugal, City Spots Munich, City Spots Helsinki, City Spots Stockholm, Eating New England, and the Maine section of Thomas Cook's Independent Traveller USA.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Situated in Southeastern Portugal, Evora is the capital of the Alentejo region.
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
  • Weather: Rainfall
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Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    Spring or autumn; summers are quite hot in this region. Winters are mild and by late March plum trees are in bloom.