Évora

The charming town of Évora stands in the middle of the Alentejo plains. Surrounded by walls since Roman times it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986. It charms by the Moorish character of its alleys cut by arches and by the whiteness of the houses with flowered balconies and cobbled courtyards. From its rich past Évora retained many medieval and Renaissance palaces that make the city a museum of Portuguese architecture. Despite its antiquity, the city is young and dynamic, reflecting the major academic hub that settled here over many years.

Capital of the Alentejo, Évora is an important agricultural center and home of industries and crafts derived from agriculture (cork, wool carpets, leather, painted furniture).

Évora is the capital of the district that includes the following counties: Alandroal, Arraiolos, Borba, Estremoz, Évora, Montemor-o-Novo, Mora, Mourão, Portel, Redondo, Reguengos de Monsaraz, Vendas Novas, Viana do Alentejo, Vila Viçosa. 

 

Crafts

Évora offers diverse products ranging from handmade dolls made from the cork, to the regional clay and traditional furnishings. The small town of Redondo is a remarkable center of pottery that produces everyday utilitarian and decorative pieces. We call Arraiolos not only rugs manufactured in this town of the Alentejo, but all items that use the point of Arraiolos. The decorative elements are numerous and varied over the times and the artisans’ creative spirit. In the district we can also find work in cork, tin, embroidered socks, work in “buínho” and straw, pottery, regional painting, baskets, wrought iron, lace and embroidery, tile, weaving and the manufacture of metal rattles.

 

To visit

Ducal Palace – Vila Viçosa

Megaliths’ Tour

Temple of Diana – Évora

Giraldo Square – Évora

Castle – Viana do Alentejo

 


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