Évora and the Alentejo

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  • 1. Castelo de Serpa


    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

  • 2. Malhão Beach


    One of the longest beaches in the Vila Nova de Milfontes area, Malhão is popular with surfers, campers, and fishermen—as well as a small colony...Read More

  • 3. Castelo


    You can venture into the tower in Castelo de Vide's castle and inside the well-preserved keep to the large Gothic hall, which has a picture...Read More

  • 4. Castelo de Évoramonte


    The reason the tiny hilltop village of Évoramonte exists is the impressive fortress, first founded in 1160 but rebuilt after a 1531 earthquake...Read More

  • 5. Castelo de Marvão


    You can climb the tower of Marvão's castle and trace the course of the massive Vauban-style stone walls (characterized by concentric lines of...Read More

  • 6. Castelo de Viana do Alentejo


    Viana do Alentejo's castle is the centerpiece of the town. The building dates from the 14th century, and about 100 years later it hosted a session...Read More

  • 7. Celeiro Comum


    Atop this windswept hill, you'll be surprised to find Inacencia Lopes's tiny craft and antiques shop open nearly every day. The artist lives...Read More

  • 8. Convento de São Francisco

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This 400-year-old convent on a hill overlooking Mértola had fallen into ruin before a Dutch family stumbled upon it and bought it in the 1980s...Read More

  • 9. Igreja da Nossa Senhora da Assunção

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The 16th-century Church of Our Lady of the Assumption at the head of the town square, the Praça da República, has an impressive triple-nave...Read More

  • 10. Largo das Portas de Moura


    One of Évora's most beautiful squares is characterized by paired stone towers that guard one of the principal entrances to the walled old city...Read More

  • 11. Largo Luis de Camoes


    This charming square lined with citrus trees lies at the heart of town. The town hall sits on the square's western end, with the Torre do Relogio...Read More

  • 12. Museu Arqueológico


    This little gem of a museum located inside the castle walls reopened in spring 2016 after nearly a decade of renovations. Light-filled rooms...Read More

  • 13. Parque Natural da Serra de São Mamede

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    This 80,000-acre nature park lies roughly 5 km (3 miles) northeast of Portalegre and extends north to the fortified town of Marvão and the spa...Read More

  • 14. Reserva Natural do Sado

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    The marshlands and the estuary of the Rio Sado that extend to the west of Alcácer form this vast nature reserve. The riverbanks are lined with...Read More

  • 15. São Cucufate

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    It's believed that these 2,000-year-old ruins of a two-story Roman villa were part of an extensive Roman settlement that included a swimming...Read More

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