Evora lies in the Alentejo province of Portugal. Encompassing a third of Portugal, the southern coastal region of the Alentejo, the Costa Azul, is still practically deserted and similar to the Algarve 40 years ago. Part of the town is enclosed by ancient walls and has been preserved in its original state, as well as its monuments dating from various historical periods. Centuries of history can be uncovered just by walking through the town.
Evora is one of Portugal’s most beautifully preserved medieval towns and provides the perfect opportunity to delve into Portugal’s past. Inside the ancient walls, Evora’s narrow lanes lead to striking architectural works: an elaborate medieval cathedral and cloisters; the columns of the Templo Romano (near the intriguing Roman baths) and a picturesque town square. Aside from the heritage that will no doubt please any culture vulture, Evora also offers a number of restaurants serving up the finest in Alentejan cuisine. Outside of the town, many Neolithic monuments and rustic wineries make for fine day trips.