Leaving Lisbon early in the morning you will cross the rolling plains of this almost unexplored region where the olive and cork oak trees are abundant and essential to the region's economy and lifestyle.
The town of Évora, the walled World Heritage Site, is an astonishingly well-preserved piece of history. With your guide you will be invited to visit the Saint Francis church and the sinister Chapel of the Bones proving that life for some might have been just one more step towards the desired eternity.
Walking up the old narrow streets you'll reach the central Giraldo square where you will begin to walk up to the top of Évora reaching the 13th century Cathedral and the surprisingly well preserved Roman temple. But in one of the hidden corners of Évora lies the core of all its knowledge and perseverance: the 16th century University where still today hundreds of students search for the much-wanted sapience. If you're a handicraft fan then let our guide introduce you to a modern handicraft studio that they've found when walking in Évora (closed on Sunday).
After a reinvigorating lunch break in one of the much celebrated restaurants in Évora, that prepare with heart and soul the regional olive oil, bread and garlic recipes, it will be time to leave to the village of Arraiolos. The 'eternal bride', as it is called by locals, is a splash of immaculate white-washed houses on the golden plains and blue skies. Life here has slowed down the pace a little to appreciate the rhythm of nature and the skillfulness of the Arraiolos carpets being embroidered by the delicate hands of local women.
This tour is operated in a luxury vehicle as you tour the majestic sites of Portugal.
Very interesting tour and the guide - Tiago - excellent from the professional point of view.
Gregg R Canada
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