Evora and Wine
This full-day tour from Lisbon will take you to the UNESCO site of Evora and the wine region of Reguengos de Monsaraz to taste one of its most famous products.
Embark on a full-day adventure to the city of Evora. Listed as an UNESCO World Heritage site, the town dates back more than 2000 years. It was sacked by the Romans in 57 B.C. and the Moors in 715 A.D., and the town still reflects some of their influence.
Crossing the Tagus River, you will travel through the Alentejo region, dotted with cork oaks, olive groves and vineyards. Upon arrival in Evora, you explore the narrow streets and have the time to savor masterpieces of past eras and the town's key monuments. Your guide will lead you on an overview of the town before giving you free time to further explore some of its highlights.
The Roman Temple is the only one of its kind in all of Portugal. Its survival is due to the fact that it was incorporated into a medieval building, and thus survived destruction. The Cathedral of Evora was built between 1280 and 1340, and is one of the most important Gothic monuments in Portugal. The Church of Sao Francisco (St. Francis) was built towards the end of the 15th century. It is home to many beautiful baroque chapels and the Chapel of Bones, which is totally covered with human bones. The University was formerly a Jesuit college, built in 1559. In addition to the 16th-century Mannerist church, the academic buildings are built around a 17th-century cloister.
There will be free time to explore the handicrafts produced in this region, including the renowned pieces in cork, ceramics and copper. You will also have time for lunch on your own.
Departing from Evora, you will drive to the peaceful city of Reguengos de Monsaraz. Here, you will visit one of the most historical and important wine cellars in the country. Following the explanation of local wine production, you will get to taste two of their wines, including the traditional Setubal muscatel. From here, you will travel back to Lisbon.