01 Apr - 31Oct: Tuesday and Saturday
01 Nov - 31 Mar: Saturday
8 hoursStart time
Start time: 0900h (09:00am)
Duration: 8 hours
The tour departs from the Marques de Pombal.
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
The tour concludes at the original point of departure
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Évora is one of the world’s most well-preserved Roman landmarks in existence. Take a visit to the city’s ancient Roman landmarks including the Roman Temple and Bones Chapel, built from gilded human bones and skulls!
Wander through the decorative classrooms and elegant cloisters of The University of Évora, the second oldest university in Portugal.
End your day with a wine tasting at a Century wine cellar in Azeitão for a taste of authentic Portuguese wine before being taken back to your point of departure in Lisbon.
The tour departs from the Marques de Pombal for a guided tour of Évora and Azeitão in a bus.
Evora is located in the Alto Alentejo Province, an area that is full of cork and olive trees and whitewashed villages. Among the Ancient Roman Landmarks of this 2000-year-old city that you will visit are:
Temple of Diana: The ruins of this Roman Temple dating back to the 2nd century is very popular with tourists. It is one of the Iberian Peninsula's best preserved Roman monuments.
Cathedral: This Romanesque Gothic cathedral is one of the oldest and most important monuments in Evora and has been listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Bones Chapel: Its beautifully decorated ceiling is supported by many substantial columns and the walls of the room are constructed with human skulls and bones. Many of the skulls have been gilded so that the overall appearance is rather warm and elegant in a ghoulish sort of way. As a final macabre touch, the complete gilded skeleton of a monk hangs from a hook on the side wall.
The University of Évora: It was founded in 1559 and is the second oldest university in Portugal. It has elegant Renaissance marble cloisters and the classroom entrances are decorated with tile panels representing each of the subjects taught.
End the day with a wine taste at a Century wine cellar in Azeitão.
Drive back to Lisbon. The tour ends at original point of departure.
Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour to confirm the departure details.
It was worth the trip just for the Roman temple. Really surprising what there is to see in Portugal. Nice trip...Mr R W White