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Évora is a city and a municipality in the district of Évora, in the Alentejo region of South Portugal. It is a historic city.
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Points of Interest in Evora
While there are some Roman ruins that you definitely need to check out, there is also the Capela dos Ossos (Bone Chapel), which is totally ornamented with real human bones, creepy, kitsch, but a must see. Contrary to what is often said, it is not unique.
The old aqueduct with houses built into the arches is interesting. It is completely dissimilar from the superbly structured one at Elvas except that both seem far too much work for the trickle of water they carried.
You must visit the Almendres Cromlech megalithic complex, an important megalithic monument in the Iberian Peninsula. It is the largest extant group of structured menhirs in the Iberian Peninsula, and one of the largest in Europe. It's situated about 10 km from Évora, going by Guadalupe. Continuing along this trip, near Valverde, the Anta do Zambujeiro dolmen is also very unusual by its size.
In less than an hour, you can get by car to Monsaraz (exit via IP2 to Beja, then turn to Reguengos), a nice, well preserved walled town on top of a hill overlooking the Alqueva Dam waters. There's plenty where to sleep (cheap Bed and Breakfast and Turismo de Habitação, and an Inn) and where to eat. Around it are a couple important menhirs, one of them with engravings (Balhoa) and the other about 5 meters high, and a anta (passage dolmen). The Xares cromlech is a conjectural reconstruction, and was removed from its original place due to the Alqueva waters.
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- There is a nice and big park (Jardim Público) where you can have a nice stroll.
- Show yourself and see others at the Praça do Giraldo, the city's social center
- Roman ruins - Templo de Diana
- Évora Cathedral and Cloisters
- Historic Centre of Évora - UNESCO World Heritage .
- Évora University  main building (on an ancient Convent, founded in 1559)
- Eat and drink local and regional products.
There are several traditional dishes:
- Migas com carne de porco
- Carne de porco à alentejana
There are also several traditional desserts, all from conventual origin:
- Bolo podre
- Pão de Rala
- Mel e Nóz
Drink and carry plenty of water especially in the hotter months (July and August, eventually September). Especially in August, you will be advised not to go out in the sun between 2 pm and 4 pm, unless you are used to it.
Remember that just going in for a drink is a perfectly acceptable way of getting in to see the public areas of a Pousada.
Alentejo wines are some of the best-loved in Portugal, and there's a variety of them. Some can be quite expensive.
Shops are open a little later than other places in Europe, usually around 9:30AM-19.30PM, and the lunch breaks can be quite long, usually from 1PM to 3PM.
- Rua 5 de Outubro: From Praça do Giraldo to Sé. It's a pedestrian street with several small shops where you can buy souvenirs and clothes. The most typical souvenirs are honey, olives, all kind of object made by cork, home made jams, slippers made by sheep wool, etc.
- Rua João de Deus: a number of independent shops and services and well as known brands such as Pull and Bear, Pepe Jeans, Kids' Class, etc.
There are no malls in Évora.
- Farmers' market, praça 1º de Maio (close to the public garden). 6AM-13PM Saturday. An out door market offering the freshest fruits and vegetables from the local farmers.
- Food market, praça 1º de Maio (inside the building in the middle of the square). Every day in the morning. You can find fresh fish, vegetables, fruits, cheeses, hams, flowers, bread, meat, and other local food.
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