Evora Tourism And Travel Guide
21.5° C / 70.7° F
April to November
2 to 3 Days
Lisbon Airport (132 kms)
Evora Railway Station (2 kms)
Evora is a uniquely historic city, which has been influenced heavily by Moorish, Roman, Catholic and even Gothic rule over the course of its history that extends as far back as 1st century A.D. Today the city is growing tourist hotspot that is extremely popular for its monuments and natural beauty. Tourism here is booming in the spring and summer seasons owing to the excellent weather and vibrant atmosphere in the city which is ideal for sightseeing. It is easily reachable via road or rail. International visitors can fly down to the nearest airport in Lisbon. Some of the best places to explore include the Evora Roman Baths, the Roman Temple remnants and Evora Cathedral to name a few highlights. This travel guide will provide further insights into this magical city that is Evora.
How To Reach
The Lisbon Airport is the closest international airport to Evora. There are several, highly efficient transit options via train, bus or taxi to get to the city from here.
The journey via road is the most popular way to reach locally owing to Portugal's well-conneted highway network and affordable transportation rates.
An equally popular way to reach is via the local rail service, with Evora Rail Station linked to nearly all the important Portugese cities via its railway network.
Weather And Best Time To Visit
Spring Season (March - May):
This is the second most popular season for tourism and spring is when the weather in Evora is at its well-balanced best. Light drizzles along with plenty of sunshine and cool temperatures are the features of this period.
Summer Season (June - August):
The hottest time of the year, tourism is at its peak during this month inspite of the increasingly hot temperatures. Visitors must stay hydrated and dress lightly.
Autumn Season (September - November):
This brief period is quite damp and rainy with strong winds occurring as well. All in all, travel to Evora during this season is avoidable.
Winter Season (December - February):
A blisteringly cold period, there are chances of heavy showers and even snowfall in late December. If visitors manage to stay insulated at all times, the city is quite charming during this season.
Things To Do
Evora Roman Temple:
A highly recommended activity is to explore the ruins of this incredibly historic structure, one of the best examples of Roman architecture in the country.
The iconic city structure is frequented by thousands of local and international visitors looking to delve deeper into the city's heritage.
Museu de Evora:
The best activity for art lovers is a day-trip to this mueum, which has stood since the late 1600's and continues to showcase amazing artefacts and artworks from the city to this day.
Praca do Giraldo:
The main plaza of the city, this is where the city gathers to mingle and celebrate, which gives it a unique vibe and energy. It is also flanked by some incredibly beautiful monuments.
Evora is famous for its Aletenjo cuisine which consists of locally sourced meats, vegetables that are generally prepared with simple and fresh supporting ingredients and is readily available across the city. This includes delicacies like pigs ears, chicken brains and feet and even roast lamb trotters. No part of the animal is wasted and vegetarians might struggle to enjoy food here as their options will surely be limited. There is additionally a wild wine scene here, which is ideal for couples and romantics alike. O Antao, Maltez Food and Dom Joaquim are just some of the best spots to hit up for delicious but affordable food.
Being a small, historic town there not many massive commerical shopping arcades here in Evora. The town offers visitors several little boutique stores to check out handmade scarves, clothes, artefacts and accessories like jewels etc. The Giraldo Square and Old Town areas are the best places to visit for shopping addicts. There are additionally many street markets here for visitors to choose from. They offer a variety of local produce for sale.