While you are in Lisbon, you should plan an Evora day trip. Évora is one of the country’s oldest and most charming cities. At the tip of its grandeur under the Romans, the town also had about 500 years of Moorish occupation. Medieval Évora thrived with its university, and taught a succession of Portuguese kings. The many churches and monasteries are witness to the piety of the people.
The mix of cultures and religions along with an abundance of different architectural styles prompted UNESCO to declare Évora’s old town a World Heritage Site. This precious hoard of monuments and museums is clustered together within the city walls. You and can be easily explore it on foot. The best way to enjoy Évora’s lively market town atmosphere is by following the narrow cobblestone lanes that snake away from the cathedral to pass fountains and flower-dotted squares. Along the way, colorful artisan stores and family-run cafés are busy under granite arcades. Sites not to miss on your Evora day trip are:
- The cathedral – try to get out on the roof!
- Evora Museum – great for kinds
- Temple of Diana
- Cadaval Ducal Palace – remains of the castle blend with the city walls
- Bone Chapel – the remains of over 5,000 monks decorate the chapel