Lose yourself in this unique region of Portugal, exploring the villages around Évora.
ose yourself in this unique region of Portugal, exploring the villages around Évora.
Located at 22km from Évora, ir is always worth your visit. This is the home to the unique tapestry available at multiple stores. At times the weavers themselves are embroidering on the spot, but you may also find them at the Centro Interpretativo do Tapete de Arraiolos. From the local gastronomy, we highlight the toucinho pastries and the mini chicken pies, both as traditional as they are delicious (search for the Gingão Café). The Castle, from the XIV century, the Church of São Salvador, the Loios Convent Lodge and the Atrelagens museum are all worth visiting. At the latter, you may additionally visit the vineyard and winery, tasting the wines from the Monte da Ravasqueira.
At 45km from Évora, the 'White City' of Alentejo is worth visiting for its important history and monuments, among which we highlight the Castelo Lodge and its donjon, the Congregados Convent, the Santa Maria and Santiago Churches, the Couraças Tower and the Bicas Fountain, Estremoz's typical handicraft, Bonecos de Estremoz, was recently considered Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. Many vineyards surround this city, but at J. Portugal Ramos you are sure to have a great experience. On your way back to Évora, we advise that you make two stops: at Évoramonte, visiting the manueline Castel with far-as-the-eye-can-see views, but also do stop at Azaruja, the town where cork is transformed, but where you can visit the Pelourinho, the Paroquial Church and the count of Azarujinha Palace, an important local figure.
At 39km from Évora, you should not miss the Menhir of Rocha dos Namorados in S. Pedro do Corval and the Cromlech do Xerez at Telheiro in Monsaraz. At Monsaraz you must visit the medieval village, particularly well preserved, offering a magnificent view over the Great Lake of Alqueva. On the way there, or back, you may stop at S. Pedro do Corval, the Iberian capital of pottery, and visit the multiple traditional potteries. If you wish to enjoy some enotourism, you may go to Adega Ervideira* located in Vendinha and/or Herdade do Esporão. Both of the wineries are located on the way to Monsaraz. *The Ervideira wines are available at our reception
A visit to the city of Montemor-o-Novo is essential and you can stop there on the way from the Megalithic Route. Start by visiting the city's ex-libris, its ancestral castle built upon the ruins of a remote Muslim fortification. Explore the multiple churches and the monumental Convento da Saudação (convent) with its frescoes as well as the Main Chapel of the Igreja Matriz, known for its tile panels. A trip to Monte Selvagem, a wildlife reserve with over three hundred animals of seventy different species is also a great program.