Immerse yourself in a genuine Alentejo experience. Topped by its imposing cathedral, Évora is spread out over a gently sloping hill rising out of the vast Alentejo plains. It guards its historic centre with an outer wall and represents a valuable cultural legacy that UNESCO has classified as World Heritage. Discover a region where beautiful terracotta plains, colors, scents, wine and art are the common denominators of a unique heritage. End the day with a winery that marks the region’s acclaimed wine production.
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We begin the journey into the Alentejo with a visit to the Almendres Cromlech, a megalithic monument from the Neolithic era (6000 years BC) classified as the most important type of the Iberian Peninsula.
Évora, the capital of Alentejo, is also the gateway to Alentejo. This ancient city of narrow streets and sun-washed houses was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its excellent preservation throughout history.
Evora’s imposing cathedral, the country’s largest medieval cathedral, will impress you with its cloisters and a stunning panoramic view over the entire city. In fact, Évora’s architectural legacy is so impressive that one quickly passes from Roman to neoclassical, going through Gothic and the various expressions of the Manueline, Renaissance and Baroque. All periods in history are documented with inumerous works. We will begin by visiting a key courtyard, essential to the defensive structure of the city which dates back to the Roman-Visigoth period. At this breathtaking palace, you will be astonished by this landmark filled with memories and romance.
Food is an inherent part of culture in this region. People, rich and poor, take great pride in their gastronomy. We too will sit down so that you can delight yourself with some of their delicacies and regional dishes.
We will leave you some time to wander freely through Évora’s maze of streets, where you may find the impressive church of San Francisco or be curious to take a look at the chilling Bones Chapel, an eery chapel from the 17th century.
To learn about the region’s wines, no place is better than the Cartuxa winery. Learn to distinguish the aromas of each grape variety or the effect of oak barrels on wine. An icon in the winery history of Alentejo, this winery now occupies the place of a jesuit refectory in the 16th and 17th centuries. The Santa Maria Scala Coeli convent is regarded by locals as one of Evora’s artistic and spiritual treasures. The visit ends with a special wine and olive oil sampling.
After the visit we will return to Lisbon for drop-off at your hotel.