Ah! Évora... What can I say? Every destination in Portugal has left me speechless. The landscape is simply dazzling, regardless of the region and will provide you with moments of indescribable happiness. Evora, as for her, has that je ne sais quoi so particular that soothes and transports us, allowing us to reach an emotion of pure joy. This city, capital of the District of Evora, located in the charming rural and wine-growing region of Alentejo, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986 for its historical and architectural wealth. Possessing Roman origins adding to its charm, Évora is a true book of Portuguese art history and certainly one of the most beautiful cities in the country. Here is some information to know before going there.
What to see?
The Roman temple of Évora, also called the temple of Diana, is certainly a symbol of the city to be discovered. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is remarkably well preserved and bears witness to the importance of the city in Roman times. Its restored appearance and lustre make it an undeniable historical gem that should be on your list of attractions to visit.
The imposing Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption Cathedral in Évora is also worth seeing. Combining Romanesque, Gothic, Plateresque and Baroque architecture, it allows us to travel between the periods that marked its evolution. Striking vaulted ceilings, meticulously detailed rosettes, a Gothic cloister and a masterful central nave, this cathedral has something to impress whether you are Catholic or not.
When to visit beautiful Évora?
April is the ideal month to discover this beautiful city with its undeniable charm, and I'm not just saying this because I went there during this period. In summer, the sun burns the exuberant and colourful nature of the region and the rather stifling temperature prevents you from fully appreciating the beauty of the city.
Where to stay?
The Casa do Governador is the accommodation I can definitely recommend. The place is heavenly and I would have spent weeks there. This hostel has a considerable cachet and as soon as you cross the threshold of its entrance, you begin a journey back in time. The charm of the place is indisputable; Casa do Governador offers guaranteed comfort, a lovely decor and a friendly atmosphere. Guests are smiling and warm-hearted. The grounds are spacious and exceptionally quiet. Poppies are sprouting here and there, near a makeshift swing that has been hung on a tree branch. A coffee table allowing us to have lunch overlooks a simply breathtaking landscape. Olive trees and fields as far as the eye can see are waiting for you.
Evora, charming and extraordinarily restored, must be visited during your trip to Portugal. Whitish houses with bright yellow accents, incredible landscapes, rich history and culture... Escape and discover the magnificent Evora.
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