Evora is a small city in the Alentejo region of Portugal. It’s full of white washed buildings and painted yellow trim. The town can easily be toured in a day or two. I would recommend spending one night so you can have plenty of time to see everything, take a lot of photos, eat delicious black pork and then head over to your next destination. You’ll find plenty of local shops, some touristy and others offering locally made products. Keep an eye out for cork-based products like bags and shoes!
Evora Portugal Travel Guide & Itinerary
This guide covers where to stay and where to eat in the small city of Evora. Our recommendation is that you combine Evora with other towns in the region – make sure you read our Alentejo Portugal travel guide for a thorough look into this unique region.
Alternatively, you can make Evora into a day trip from Lisbon.
Evora Portugal Map
Hotels in Evora Portugal
For 5-star luxury in the countryside, book a room at the Convento do Espinheiro. This hotel is an old convent with so many passageways and rooms to explore. The rooms are clean, the staff is attentive and the breakfast is a delicious array of meats, cheese, cereals, and everything else you can imagine. The breakfast area turns into a dinner venue in the evening so it makes staying in the hotel even more convenient.
Other great options for lodging include Albergaria Do Calvario, Vitoria Stone Hotel or the super affordable Moov Hotel.
Best Restaurants in Evora Portugal
For an upscale meal, try Dom Joaquim. It’s elegantly furnished and the food is top-notch. If you’re in the mood for a unique dining experience in a cave-like setting, then try the restaurant in the Convento do Espinheiro. The food is phenomenal and has a more modern twist. Cafe Alentejo is perfect if you prefer a casual setting or one that is a bit lower in price than the other two.
What to do in Evora Portugal
The Bone Chapel
Surprisingly, Évora has a few important sites to visit. The most famous one is the Bone Chapel, a small chapel with an inside lined with human bones. This place is a burial site of sorts has an important message to relay: don’t take your life for granted because you’re alive while others are dead (like those buried within). It’s a bit eerie but if you can get over that, it’s pretty interesting to walk through.
Ancient Roman Temple
Évora’s ancient Roman temple is another must-see. It literally just sits in the middle of a square, free for all to see.
The Evora Cathedral
The Évora Cathedral was probably my favorite thing to visit. The interior is beautiful but the best part is the view from the top. The climb is steep but definitely doable!
This is a super unique Evora attraction; it’s a Neolithic set of stones set in the middle of nowhere. The stones are said to date back to 6000 BC and a few of them have inscriptions/drawings.