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Feb 10, 2014 - At last -a day of sunshine! Vila Vicosa and Monsaraz

After two days of solid rain and high winds we woke up on Monday morning to sunshine. We decided to enjoy the day. This time we headed towards the hill top village of Monsaraz but our first stop was in the town of Vila Vicosa. As we drove to Vila Vicosa we passed a number of marble quarries the industry of the area. Vila Vicosa was a lovely little town dominated by Ducal Palace which was the residence of the Portuguese monarchy. The palace dominates one side of a huge marble square. In addition to the palace the down had the obligatory...

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Feb 6, 2014 - Evora

Our first day in this part of Portugal had been wet and windy but it made us have a rest after our journey from the Algarve the day before. The weather was grey and overcast but not raining the next day so we decided to head into Evora. By chance we found a parking space just down from the main historic points of interest in the town. Evora is a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its long history reaching back to Roman times and also it being a key Moorish stronghold in the 12th century. As well as being a walled town, which we discovered...

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Feb 4, 2014 - Heading North again

We left Lagos and headed north to Evoramonte. The wet weather forecast seem to follow us as we headed north. Fortunately we had a dry journey. The road was interesting in that there was a continuous stream of unfinished bridges where no work had been undertaken on them for years. Looked as if the road improvements had ground to a halt when Portugal ran out of money! We intend to spend the week exploring this area.

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Nov 11, 2013 - Evora

Just outside of Evora we stopped at an old ancient site of granite megaliths (Large stones placed in formations out in the middle of nowhere). No one is quite sure of why they are here but they speculate it was a ritual site or a calendar for the harvests. It was really cool to see and some of the stones you could still see engravings on. Once we entered Evora we were excited to see the historic town was enclosed by castle walls! On our way in we even drove underneath old aqueducts. Our hotel is really neat and we got the only room with a...

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Nov 14, 2012 - Evora

Today was a strike day across Portugal protesting the economic austerity measures taken by the government, the second one since we have been here. We knew the railways were closed down, but were surprised that the local Museum was closed and that many shops had closed in sympathy. So we turned our attention to the Cathedral and the Church of San Francisco and its’ Bone Chapel. The rather macabre chapel was built in the 1600’s and the bones came from local church yards by three monks who wanted the rich inhabitants of Evora to meditate on...

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Nov 13, 2012 - Evora

Today the sun shone and we went exploring the walled town of Evora. As usual there were churches galore and endless narrow cobbled streets that somehow manage to get cars up and down them, which meant we had to flatten ourselves against the wall to let them pass, yes that narrow sometimes. As most of the shops close from 1.30pm until three, we had our usual beer and baguette on the way. There are no largest, most famous or significant monuments or churches to seek out, but the whole town itself is a World Heritage Site. A quiet peaceful day...

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Nov 12, 2012 - Evora

It was very quiet and relatively restful day yesterday as it was Sunday and nearly all the shops in the old town were closed and only the churches were busy. We did have a long walk up along the other side of the river and up a steep hill to a large mall on the other side. It was as you would expect very busy mostly with younger people. The sun had finally began to shine so we took a taxi back and sat by the pool and read for a while. We had a very nice supper at the Hotel where we joined a couple we had met in the afternoon, he was from...

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Oct 28, 2011 - Herdade do Esporao and Monsaraz

Our trip to Tavira was a fantastic way to see the true Portuguese countryside. Our first stop was Herdade do Esporao – a winery established in 1267. The winery was very picturesque with lots of hot pink bougainvillea which reminded me of mum – Check out the photo - just for you mum. We sampled red wines which were all very different. Our favourite was the Touriga variety which is common in this area. Our next stop- Monsaraz…….. Monsaraz is a tiny village perched above the border plains nestled into fortified walls with a breathtaking view....

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Oct 28, 2011 - Photos - Evora

Well it’s been a few days since we have updated our journal but I can assure you that is not because we have been idle, quite to the contrary, we have been busy touring this beautiful country. Since leaving Lisbon we headed down south to a beautiful city called Evora. It is a relatively small place that is very impressive with its roman ruins, churches, many winding alleys in which you easily get lost all of which are encompasses within the city wall. We stayed in a delightful inn which was previously a sixteenth century olive press. It was...

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Feb 13, 2011 - Alentejo and Evora

Northward ho! We left the flat, Cabanas, the Algarve, and the coast, and headed north into the Alentejo region, heading towards Evora, up through the beautiful landscape on the eastern edge of Portugal. We drove through a beautiful natural park on the way, and we had a lovely lunch in the park, beside a bubbling river, watching the martins swooping under the bridge. The glorious weather stayed with us all the way to Evora, where the campsite was in a great location just outside town, within decent walking distance. However, the next day was...

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Oct 15, 2010 - Évora

@@@@@@@ Background The history of Évora goes back at least to the time of the Celts and then the Romans arrived and made it an important military fortification. Things slipped a little after the fall of the Roman Empire, but surged once again under the administration of the Moors. However, Évora truly came into her prime during the 14th to 16th centuries when it became the seat of the royal court. Of course, the scholars and artists flocked there to be near their patrons and the arts flourished as well. When the last of the Avis royal line...

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Aug 26, 2010 - Evora

arrived in Evora today to 99 degrees. Finding my hotel was a bit stressful, in this old medieval town, with narrow, winding one-way streets. The directions I got from the hotel were a bit confusing, and I ended up driving around in circles for 45 min. before calling them to get better directions. I don't know how I got there, but eventually I did. I immediately set out to check the info. in the book, doing our recommended "welcome to Evora" walk and checking all the museums and several hotels until I was ready to drop. I got back to the...

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