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The Museum City - Evora, Portugal

Evora is an incredible town that is only a short drive from Lisbon. It has long been considered a quick stop when you have extra time in Lisbon. However, this ancient Roman city offers more than just a time filler. The city has long been called the museum city, from the stunning architecture to the beautiful churches. This destination is perfect to plan your entire trip around. This week we will dive into the history, adventure, and religious significance surrounding the beautiful city of Evora.


Santo Antao Church at Giraldo Square, Evora, Portugal
Santo Antao Church at Giraldo Square

History

Evora is a historic town that is on the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town's history dates back to Roman times and even the 16th century. Portuguese royalty lived here during the time of the golden age. The whole city can be considered a museum with beautiful white architecture, tall buildings, and balcony-lined streets. Evora is said to have inspired other major cities like Salvador da Bahia in Brazil. The old wall, aqueduct, and other medieval buildings are all reasons why the city made the UNESCO list. It is incredible to walk through the town's streets that inspired so many cities across the Atlantic.


Evora, Portugal
Evora

Adventure

Evora is more than just an incredible history destination. It is the perfect place to fill the need to get your heart pumping from the slightly heart-pounding go-karting to the even slightly more exhilarating mountain biking. You can rent a bike and wind through the olive trees. If you want to raise the stakes, you can head over to the lagoons and dams in the town to try waterskiing, windsurfing, and other water sports. To take it to the next level, there is a skydiving airport in Evora that offers skydiving courses and even skydiving jumps. There is no shortage of activities to get your heart pumping and fill the need for hair-raising activities.


Temple of Diana, the Roman temple of Evora, Portugal
Temple of Diana, the Roman temple of Evora

Relaxing

If adrenaline is not your speed, there is plenty of activities to unwind and relax in Evora. One of the great ways to start to unwind, strolling through the streets cannot be beaten. The slow pace of life in the town will set your vacation up perfectly. The next stop on a relaxing trip to Evora is the Acqua Veritas Spa. It recreates the Roman Thermal baths that would have been there centuries before. In Roman times, the baths would have been the hub for social activities. Today it is a great way to experience the connection between water and health. It is the perfect place to relax and unwind.


Cathedral of Evora, Portugal
On the Roof of the Cathedral of Evora

Churches

The streets of Evora are lined with beautiful churches. One of the more incredible is the Evora Cathedral. This was a Roman temple with two stone towers. It took over 50 years to complete and looks like a fortress from the outside. If the outside is impressive, the inside is a spectacle to see. From the museum of sacred artifacts to the high altar, these are excellent examples of the stunning work of Roman churches. One of the many other examples of the churches of Evora is the Church of St. Francis. It was built in the Gothic style. The exterior is a typical Gotich church, but the interior is stunning. As you walk in, you'll find incredibly vaulted ceilings that make anyone entering the church feel small. It leads you to the singular nave. What is special about this church is a uniquely decorated altar behind the altar and away from the entrance. This altar is also known as the Chaple of Bones. Though this is the primary reason people visit this church, the rest of the church should not be overlooked.


There is so much to do in the city of Evora that this blog just scratches the surface of the activities in the city. There is no way that you could see everything in one day. Schedule an online consultation to learn everything there is to offer and plan a trip to one of the most stunning destinations in Portugal.

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