Évora and the Alentejo

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  • 1. 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

  • 2. Malhão Beach

    Beach–Sight

    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

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    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

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    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

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    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

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    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

    Store/Shop/Mall

    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

    Plaza/Square/Piazza

    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

    Plaza/Square/Piazza

    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

    Museum/Gallery

    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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