Tour to Évora and Arraiolos Program
After arrival in Evora, we start at the city center. Évora was taken from the moors by Geraldo'' Sem Medo'' no fear. In 1166 in the Middle Ages became one of the most prosperous cities of the kingdom, especially during the Avis Dynasty (1385-1580)
We will continue our tour visiting the Temple of Diana. It is a corinthian style temple, built in the early first century DC. This is what remains of the Évora city forum and was dedicated to the imperial cult, contrary to what comes to us by popular tradition, which identified him as being dedicated to Diana, Roman goddess of hunting
Then we left to the Chapel of Bones. It is a chapel of S. Francisco church whose walls are all lined with human bones. It was a place where monks meditate about death.
- Scheduled to visit the monument (*)
We will visit Évora Cathedral. This is a Romanesque-Gothic building for the century XIII-XIV. You can climb to the towers and go to the roof where you have amazing views over the city and the countryside
- Scheduled to visit the monument (*)
VISIT A WINE FARN
Enoturismo Catuxa is located in the former refectory of the Jesuit retirement home, who teached at the University of Évora in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. With their expulsion in 1759, by order of the Marquis of Pombal, the property now belongs to the state, starting a few years later, in 1776, working as an important winepress that absorbed the wine production in the region.
Visit the facilities and the manufacturing and packaging of wine
- visit the wine cellar
After the visit, follows a Wine Tasting and Olive Oil Wine tasting aims is to challenge the 4 senses. touch it, observe it, breathe it and feel it flavor
- Wine Tasting
Back to Lisbon we will pass to Arraiolos, located about 20 km northwest of Évora. We will see the Castle (XIV century), and the church of “Senhor dos Passos” (rebuilt in the nineteenth century).
- Stop for photos
We cannot miss the famous Arraiolos carpets. The Arraiolos carpets are wool rugs embroidered with the stitch with the same name, on a jute cloth, cotton or linen, knowledge passed from generation to generation
- Stop for photos
(*) The guides accompany the visit inside the monuments since they can park the car in Safety
(**) The Value indicated for senior citizens only applies when booking 2 or more Tours
Reasons to make Évora Tour
Knowing a City Heritage of Humanity
Évora is a city that is a book of Portuguese art history. To visit the best way to do it is on foot, walking through the narrow streets of whitewashed houses, to go discovering the monuments and the details that reveal the history of Évora and the richness of its heritage
Knowing the Historic Centre of Évora
Évora acquired, since ancient times, a political and social importance to all civilizations that have marked the current Portuguese territory, having as urban pole wealth than two thousand years of history.
Visit a Wine Farm and Wine Tasting
Those who visit the Wine Tourism Cartuxa have the opportunity to enjoy the unique surroundings of the Quinta de Valbom, its history, and visit the building where the Carthusians Cellar was founded. In this place of worship, visitors can still taste the wines and olive oils of the Foundation, on sale at the winery shop.
Knowing a village Alentejo - Arraiolos
Arraiolos is known mainly for its typical embroideries that are passed from generation to generation. With traces of human presence ancient times, probably since the Neolithic, or even from the Chalcolithic, the region of the municipality of Arraiolos has even had a significant human occupation from the IV millennium BC
The Arraiolos carpets are wool carpets embroidered with the stitch with the same name, on a jute fabric, cotton or linen, characteristic of the Alentejo town of Arraiolos in Portugal. The Arraiolos embroidery has the advantage of giving the facts tapestry convenient endurance and consistency and allows faithful reproduction of all geometric designs and the most artistic designs.
All Tours are Full day Tour. We do not make hurry Tours. We give you time to make a quiet and unhurried tour
We try not to mix different languages in the same Vehicle. It will be more productive for you and less tiring for the Guide. However, in exceptional cases the Tour can be done in more than one language
The Tours schedule and routes are Flexible. The most important thing is we provide we a wonderful day and and respond to the wishes of tourists
Prices Monuments Fees are not included in the Tour value so that the tourists can decide whether or not they would like to visit some of the monuments.
it´s a free Tour for Children up to 2 years. Children from 3 to 6 years pay 50%
The tours are made in Vans with 8 places with a guide. When the group consists of more than 8 people will be Disclosed two vans and two guides. In case of need or unavailable Vans 8 places, we use vehicles with greater capacity.
Info About Celina Tours Fleet
Is scheduled time for the visit to the interior of Queluz Palace and Pena Palace. On the other monuments we stop for photos.
In order not to harm the Tour program we give you the necessary and sufficient time to have a quiet visit to the interior of Monuments.
The Visit to Cartuxa is the first choice for wine tasting and olive oil that Celina Tours chooses to include in the tour to Évora. Unavailability of Visit the Cartuxa, for reasons that are not the responsibility of Celina Tours, we replace the Visit to Cartuja by the visit to Ervideira which is another famous Wine Producer in Évora region. The visit to Evideria does not include olive oil tasting because Ervideira only dedicated to the production of wines.
The Time Management to visit the Monuments, Stop for photos and lunch time is made by the guide which will take into account the Tour Programme and the interest expressed by tourists.
We have no deal with restaurants. We only recommend the restaurant where you can have lunch. The Choice is Yours
Entry prices per person to the Monuments in Évora Tour - The visit is Optional
- Price Evora Cathedral : 1,50€
- Price Chapel of Bones : 2€