Trip to Évora, Arraiolos & Almendres Cromlech

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In a relaxed way this tour enables you to discover Évora and its monuments, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Évora is known as the museum town of Portugal, as the town is surrounded by walls within which many monuments tell a tale about the various important moments of Portugal’s history.

In its surroundings we visit the Cromeleque of Almendres, which is the most important megalithic site in the Iberian Peninsula, and the village of Arraiolos, known for the manufacture of the rugs that bear the same name, whose origin dates back to the 15th Century.

 

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Our tour of discovering Évora and the Alentejo takes us from your hotel in Lisbon to the heart of the Alentejo plain, 130kms
away, in the direction of the Spanish border.

Leaving the motorway, we approach Évora through the tranquil countryside, with a view of the town in the distance, where the megalithic monuments of the region (5500-4500 BC) are located, which is where we visit the Cromeleque and Menir of Almendres.

Arriving at Évora, we discover the city through a walking tour. We aim to show you all the main monuments during a guided tour that is based on the great historical moments of the town: the Roman presence, the Medieval period, the Renaissance, and Age of Romanticism.
During the Renaissance, Évora experienced an impetus to build palaces, convents, churches, chapels and colleges, which coincided with the residence of the Royal Family and the Court in the town, which became the second capital of the Kingdom for long periods of time.

As we walk through the town we feel and breathe in its history at every corner, square and alley. We visit the Roman Temple and Baths, the Gothic Cathedral, the Church of San Francisco and its Chapel of Bones, the Giraldo Square, King Manuel's Palace, the Mudejar style of São Brás chapel … and much more.

During the visit to Évora we offer you the chance to taste the famous "Queijada", a typical local cake.
After the visit to the town, we continue to discover the surrounding landscape, as we head towards the village of Arraiolos. It is on this route that we stop off at the highest point of the region, which affords an excellent viewpoint of Évora and its surroundings. 

A few kilometers away from Évora lies the beautiful village of Arraiolos where, for several centuries, the famous carpets that bear the same name have been produced. In Arraiolos we visit the medieval castle or the Museum of the Arraiolos Carpet, which tells us the history of this famous carpet, which dates back to the 16th Century.

We return to Lisbon, leaving behind the peaceful village of Arraiolos.

Highlights

COME AND GET TO KNOW ÉVORA, THE CITY-MUSEUM OF PORTUGAL

VISIT THE MAIN MONUMENTS AND THROUGH THEM LEARN A LOT ABOUT OUR HISTORY

ÉVORA CHEESE AND ALMOND TART TASTING IS INCLUDED

ADMIRE THE LOVELY ALENTEJO PLAINS, WHICH ARE COVERED BY OAKS AND OLIVE TREES

BE SURPRISED TO FIND A BEAUTIFUL 16TH CENTURY MANUELINE CHURCH IN THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRYSIDE 

WALK THROUGH THE LARGEST MEGALITHIC SITE IN THE IBERIAN PENINSULA

VISIT THE HISTORICAL VILLAGE OF ARRAIOLOS AND GET TO KNOW THE HISTORY OF ITS FAMOUS CARPETS AT THE LOCAL MUSEUM
ENJOY A WINE TASTING AND A VISIT A LOCAL WINERY (OPTIONAL)

EXPERIENCE THE TYPICAL ALENTEJO GASTRONOMY AT LUNCHTIME (OPTIONAL)

Route

  1. Lisboa
  2. 25th of April Bridge
  3. Megalithic Cromlech of Almendres
  4. Évora city
  5. Arraiolos town
  6. Lisbon