ÉVORA


Évora is a city of great historic and cultural importance, nationally and internationally. Since 1986 Évora is recognized as World Humanity Heritage. There are several reasons for this recognition; some of the most important ones are the great number of monuments in the city and their relationship with the Portuguese history, particularly in the glorious Portuguese discoveries era, and the characteristic architecture of the humblest houses, perfectly adapted to the weather and geography. Évora is also recognized by UNESCO as the best example of the Portuguese Golden Age, after the Lisbon destruction with the 1755 earthquake. The aforementioned institution also recognizes the influence of Évora´s urban architecture in the Portuguese architecture in the world, particularly in Brazil, in cities like Salvador da Baía, World Heritage since 1985.


It is possible to “time travel” in this city and its surroundings.

Extraordinary pre-historic references are present in this region, from artistic Palaeolithic paintings to impressive Megalithic constructions and the first Calcolithic villages, later originating the important Roman city “Ebora Liberalitas Julia”.

Discover traces of the Visigothic occupation and moors influences in Évora. Meet the Christian Knight “Fearless Geraldo” (Geraldo sem pavor) who conquered the city to offer it to the first Portuguese King, in times of bloody crusades. Amazed yourself with the history of one of the most emblematic and famous medieval marriage and nuptial commemorations. You will be stunned with two renacentist architectonic Portuguese gems and you can remember the horrific years of the Inquisition.

Understand the Jesuitical influence in the Portuguese society and surprise yourself with the luxury treasures from the overseas empire, allowing the construction of pure golden altars in the city´s churches. Admire the courage of the city´s citizens in the independence restoration wars and challenge yourself with the Napoleonic Invasions ghosts!


Meditate in the spiritual and philosophical environment of a chapel with walls covered of human bones and fall in love in the ruins built for poetic declamations in the romantic era.


Évora is also a paradise for nature lovers.

The region biodiversity of the peculiar ecosystems called “montado” is very rich. This natural patrimony is always worth the visit, independent of the time of the year you are visiting. You simply cannot chose between the multicolour beauty of the spring fields and the golden and orange framed countryside landscapes in an august sunset. Despite all the ecologic perturbations in this region, due to all the farming activities developed in the Alentejo, this area is still a good example of balanced and sustained local natural resources management.

Évora fauna is of most importance, particularly mamalógica fauna, herpetofauna and avifauna.

For the bravest ones, we invite you to discover and taste the mysterious mushrooms world, accompanied by a biologist with post graduate knowledge in mycology.

ALENTEJO


The Alentejo traditional image is made of wide plains, populated with harvesters singing sweet harmonies while working from sunrise to sunset and by the great farms crowned by the typical Alentejo hills, the characteristics homes of Alentejo farmers. "Montados", mountains, beaches and rivers make the region landscape very diverse. But there is something that makes all this extensive and diverse territory, a unique and different region in Portugal: the Alentejo culture.


Men marked, over the centuries and from an early age, Alentejo landscape with extraordinary testimonies of their presence. From prehistory to the present times, the culture of this region has been transformed and enriched with diverse influences without ever losing its identity and authenticity.


Their towns, villages and cities, with its beautiful whitewashed architecture, are so Roman and Moorish as Portuguese, such is the cultural richness that the past left to them, which the city of Évora, classified in 1986 by UNESCO as World Heritage , is the most glaring example.


There are very important historical monuments from all eras represented in the Alentejo, unique natural heritage, genuine and diverse handicrafts and ancestral and characteristic ways of life of this region. The Alentejo cuisine and "Cante Alentejano" take an example of immaterial cultural heritage, which contributes to the authenticity and richness of this region, making it a destination of cultural tourism of excellence.

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