Alentejo city, capital of district and headquarters of one of the largest counties of the Country, Évora is one of the most emblematic Portuguese cities.
Its beautiful historic center has been classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, in an area of about 105 hectares and about 400 buildings, which is, by itself, one of the best reasons to visit this wonderful Alentejo city.
Évora is known for the important Roman presence at the time of the occupation of the peninsula, Évora was even called Liberalitas Julia. During the Barbarian invasions, Evora was on Visigoth dominion. In 715 AD, the city was conquered by the Moors, and was regained by Geraldo "without fear" in 1166, becoming during the Middle Ages one of the most prosperous cities in the kingdom. In 1551 it was founded by the Jesuits University, symbol of youth and knowledge of this emblematic city.
With all this rich history, there is no shortage in the municipality of Évora, such as its imposing Cathedral built between 1186 and 1204, the well-known Roman Temple (popularly dubbed "Temple of Diana") built between the 1st and 3rd century dC, the Church of San Francisco and its famous Chapel of bones, completely clothed with human bones, the beautiful Church of the Lóios (XV century), or the Palace of D. Manuel, with the interesting Ladies' Gallery, part of what remains of the 16th century palace built by the Avis Dynasty that influenced and adored these domains.
The approximately 20 churches and monasteries of the city denote its historical and religious importance. Central and not to be missed is the famous Giraldo Square, with Arabic-style arcades and a fountain dating from 1571, a meeting place for all generations, with entertainment and special shows.
Évora has an excellent offer of handicrafts, hotels and restaurants, and you can taste true typical Alentejan delights, in a city that combines tradition of peace, history and animation like few.