Évora and the Alentejo

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  • 1. Castelo de Estremoz

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The former royal palace, an impressive hilltop fortress towering over the city, is the highlight of any visit to Estremoz (it now functions...Read More

  • 2. Castelo de Montemor-o-Novo

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    One of the most beautiful in the region, this huge castle towers over the city. It includes an ancient porta da vila (city gate) that could...Read More

  • 3. Castelo de Serpa

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Serpa's 11th-century aqueduct forms an integral part of the walls of the 13th-century castle, from which there's a stunning view of town. The...Read More

  • 4. Convento de Nossa Senhora da Conceição

    Museum/Gallery

    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

  • 5. Coudelaria de Alter

    Farm/Ranch

    If you're interested in horses, you must visit the Alter Stud Farm, 22 km (14 miles) southwest of Portalegre. It was founded by Dom João V in...Read More

  • 6. Cripta Arqueológica do Castelo

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    This stunning underground fortress displays archaeological relics from 2,600 years of settlement here. In the mid-1990s, archaeologists discovered...Read More

  • 7. Igreja de São Francisco

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    After the Sé, this is the most impressive of Évora's churches. Its construction in the early 16th century, on the site of a former Gothic chapel...Read More

  • 8. Igreja de São João Evangelista

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This small church next to the former Convento dos Lóios, which is now the Pousada dos Lóios, houses one of the most impressive displays of 18th...Read More

  • 9. Jardim de Diana

    Garden/Arboretum

    Opposite the Templo Romano, this restful, tree-lined park looks out over the aqueduct and the plains from the modest heights of what is sometimes...Read More

  • 10. Mosteiro de Sao Bernardo

    Museum/Gallery

    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

  • 11. Museu Municipal de Mértola

    Museum/Gallery

    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

  • 12. Paço Ducal

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    This opulent palace draws a great many visitors—and for good reason. Built of locally quarried marble, the palace's main wing extends for some...Read More

  • 13. Praça do Giraldo

    Plaza/Square/Piazza

    The arcade-lined square in the center of the old walled city is named after Évora's liberator, Gerald the Fearless. During Caesar's time, the...Read More

  • 14. Praia Do Malhão

    Beach–Sight

    One of the longest beaches in the Vila Nova de Milfontes area, Malhão is popular with surfers, anglers, and a small colony of nudists on the...Read More

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    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this breathtaking cathedral was constructed in 1186 from huge granite blocks. It has been enhanced over the centuries...Read More

  • 16. Sinagoga

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A Jewish community is believed to have existed in Castelo de Vide since the 12th century, and reached its peak in the 15th century, bolstered...Read More

  • 17. Templo Romano

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The well-preserved ruins of the Roman Temple dominate Largo do Conde de Vila Flor. The edifice, considered one of the finest of its kind on...Read More

  • 18. Anta Grande do Zambujeiro

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The 20-foot-high Dolmen of Zambujeiro is the largest of its kind on the Iberian Peninsula. This prehistoric monument is typical of those found...Read More

  • 19. Aqueduto

    Building/Architectural Site

    This impressive structure from the 11th century used to ferry water to Serpa from wells in the countryside. In the 17th century, a wheel pump...Read More

  • 20. Aqueduto da Água de Prata

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The graceful arched Silver Water Aqueduct, which once carried water to Évora from the springs at Graça do Divor, is best seen as you drive along...Read More

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