Stretching from the Spanish border to the Atlantic coast and touching on the Algarve to the south, the scenic Alentejo uplands are fast becoming one of Portugal’s premier wine-producing areas. At the heart of the Alentejo – which roughly translates as ‘beyond the Tagus’ – lies Évora, the ancient capital of the region.

UNESCO World Heritage-listed Évora is an enticing city with its long history laid bare for all visitors to see. Nine miles (14.5 km) west is the Cromeleque dos Almendres, a series of prehistoric standing stones, while in the city center there are 2,000 year-old ruins of a Roman temple, the macabre Capela dos Ossos ossuary, and a splendid Gothic cathedral to explore around the photogenic Praça do Giraldo. On summer evenings, tables are crowded into the square and side-street bars and boutiques are open until the wee hours.

The Alentejo plains themselves enjoy reliably dry, sunny summers and cool winters, perfect for growing grapes. The region is quickly acquiring a reputation for producing full-bodied DOC red wines as well as less expensive but still very drinkable VR table wines, which feature on many a wine list in Lisbon. Although the Alentejo is currently going through a renaissance in its wine production, largely thanks to the introduction of French grapes to the mix in the 1990s, wine has actually been produced here since Roman times, along with the cork and olives that form a massive part of Portugal’s economy.

There are three way-marked driving routes that wind across the sleepy plains of the Alentejo past the wineries, cork and olive plantations, where serried ranks of neatly cultivated trees and bushes march across the landscape towards the horizon. Several prestigious wine-growing adegas are open daily along the wine route for tours and tastings of their wines and olive oils.

Practical Info

Évora is at the heart of the Alentejo region and is an easy 90-minute drive south-east of Lisbon, leaving the city by the dramatic 25th April Bridge – Europe’s longest suspension bridge – over the River Tagus. Most of Évora’s attractions are open throughout the year and the Cromeleque dos Almendres free to visit. Wine tastings should be booked in advance unless travelling with a guided tour.

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Small-Group Évora Day Trip from Lisbon with Olive Oil Tastings

4.5 star rating: Recommended 90 Reviews

Take this day trip from Lisbon to see the beautiful World Heritage Site of Évora. Leave Lisbon via the Vasco da Gama Bridge across the Tagus River, and ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $84.90

Private Tour to Arraiolos and Evora - UNESCO World Heritage City

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

This full-day private tour invites you to discover the amazing Alentejo region of south-central Portugal and two of its most important highlights: Arraiolos ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $137.96

Alentejo Wine Tour from Lisbon Including Lunch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Discover two of Portugal’s premier winemaking areas during a small-group day trip to Alentejo. Depart from Lisbon in the company of a guide and visit the ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $101.88

Alentejo Wine Region and Évora Day Trip from Lisbon

3 star rating: Worth doing 17 Reviews

Explore the historic town of Évora and the beautiful Alentejo wine region on a day trip from Lisbon. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Évora, a UNESCO ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $83.76

2-day Tour of Alentejo History with Star-Gazing

Enjoy this two-day tour of Alentejo, and visit Almendres Cromlech, Evora, and do some star-gazing at Alqueva Dark Sky Reserve. Read more

Location: Evora, Portugal
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $278.46

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