- 9-hour day trip to Évora from Lisbon
- Discover the history and beautiful sights of this World Heritage Site with a professional guide
- See monuments like the Cathedral of Évora, the Roman Temple and the Almendres Cromlech
- Visit the magnificent Chapel of Bones in St Francis Church and admire the walls made of human skulls
- Take part in an olive oil tasting from the prestigious Adega da Cartuxa (included)
- Small-group tour limited to eight people ensures a more personal experience
Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour
You get to see some remarkable sights: a chapel with walls made of human skulls, a massive group of large standing stones, and sprawling fields of olive and cork trees. Plus, you'll sample several and olive oils on this well-balanced excursion.
Recent Photos of This Tour
Wine break, LisbonPhoto by: Anonymous
EvoraPhoto by: alainsalles
Chapel of BonesPhoto by: Linda F
Almendres CromlecPhoto by: Andrea M
EvoraPhoto by: Anne S
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the Chromelech stonesPhoto by: Anne S
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The Roman Ruins in EvoraPhoto by: Anne S
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NazarePhoto by: M H d
AlentejoPhoto by: M H d
What You Can Expect
Shaped by the styles of many periods, the well-preserved city of Evora has a rich culture, history and artistic heritage. You’ll visit many of its important historic sites, first of which is St Francis, a Gothic-Manueline church that is home to the 16th-century Chapel of Bones (Capela dos Ossos), whose walls are covered with human bones, mainly skulls.
Next, see the ruins of the 1st-century Roman Temple and admire the Gothic- and Renaissance-style palace of King Manuel, where Vasco da Gama was told to explore the sea route to India. Then see the famous Cathedral of Évora (Sé de Évora), built between 1280 and 1340, and explore with your guide the picturesque streets and Gothic arches surrounding Giraldo Square (Praça do Giraldo), the city’s main square.
Have free time to grab lunch in one of the local restaurants (own expense) and roam the historical streets on your own, soaking up the atmosphere or browsing through charming souvenir shops. Then meet back up with your guide, who will lead you to an olive oil tasting with one of the most prestigious olive oil producers in Portugal, the Adega da Cartuxa. Savor samples of three olive oils, and learn about the history and architecture of this place.
The last stop of your day trip is Almendres Cromlech -- a megalithic complex that dates back to 4000 BC and is one of the largest groups of structured menhirs (large stones that stand upright) in Europe. During its thousands of years of existence, this site was used to celebrate the solstice and equinox.
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This tour was the highlight of our week in Lisbon. I cannot stress enough how important it is to get our of Lisbon and visit the surrounding areas. We had an incredible guide in our small group of four people. He went out of his way to make my 11-year old daughter feel comfortable and be a part of the tour. His knowledge of the history of the local area painted a story that explained the purpose behind everything we were looking at. The highlight of the tour was the Chapel of the Bones. Do not miss this!!! 5000 human bones decorating the walls of a small chapel within the bowels of a much more ornate church. Sounds creepy but there was a fascinating reason behind it. Loved it.
Our guide was great! She had to speak Brazilian Portuguese not the same as Portuguese, Spanish and English. She provided each language group with all the information we needed to enjoy a wonderful day! She even found time for a wine tasting!
Great tour! Evora is a beautiful little town and the tour guides did a great job hitting all the good spots and sharing great information. Bruno and Isabella were wonderful and quickly made me feel welcome. They were very friendly and accommodating. I highly recommend this tour. The Chapel of Bones is particularly interesting.
Yoki was a great guide. Full of information and little asides. She knew just when the best photo opportunity was for the storks. She recommended a nice little restaurant in Evora. Loved Evora! The intertwining of the old and new. Our free time was just enough and not too much. Cork trees, who knew how fascinating they were. The ancient stone formations were a perfect end to our day. And Yoki is a great, safe driver!
We had a very enjoyable trip. Evora is an inviting place. The location and attractions were interesting. The guide Gustavo was enjoyable and informative.
Great trip with excellent tour guide from Cool Trips. Highly recommend.
Earl and Jane
This tour was amazing!
I highly recommend this tour. Our tour guide Andrea was awesome. Very pleasant and eager to answer questions. Our group only consisted of 4 people, down from the usual 8 that would normally go, so the van was even extra roomy and comfortable. Evora is a must see just for the Chapel Of Bones. They were renovating it at the time of our visit so it took away a little of the "Awe" as workers worked along the inside walls but still was very enjoyable. The town is charming with nice restaraunts and shops. You have some free time to walk around, have lunch ,or shop. Andrea gave us the choice of doing lunch alone or going with her which i thought was a nice gesture. We went on our own but in hindsight i wish we had gone with her. Great tour and Great tour guide.
Great tour guide. Great tour.