- how are the wineries? is Evora the right place to stay? Walkable city? Would be 3 couples traveling without kids.
Hi, We were just in Evora a month ago for one night. It is a very walkable city and has a great central placa (de Giraldo). There is also a cathedral, Roman temple of Diana, museums and of course the wall surrounding the historic center. We stayed @Hotel Riviera on Rua 5 de Octubro, 49 which was central, included a good breakfast and was very reasonably priced. They had 4 parking stalls reserved for their guests but I can't remember if they charged for it. We passed lots of land planted with grapes but didn't see any wineries that looked like they were open to the public. Many of the shops on Rua de Octubro offered wine and port tastings before you purchased and many objects that were made of cork were offered for sale as well. I would check with the TI when you get there for vineyards tours if any. We dined at a lovely restaurant and were served a very tasty red to compliment our meal. We enjoyed Portugese wines all over the country and most were very inexpensive. We did tour around the region and found many pottery places (village of Redondo) that were less costly and offered more variety than in the coastal gift shops. We also stayed one night in a hilltop town near the Spanish border called Monsaraz. Incredible views of lakes and rivers below a hydroelectric dam as well a farmed lands. This small town has only 40 permanent residents and the hotel we stayed at was Casa Pinto. It was a boutique style BnB and we loved it. Their balcony/breakfast terrace overlooked the valley below. Enjoy the Alentejo region, we sure did!
Evora is a lovely town that is very walkable. Walking is preferred because driving in the center is dicey due to narrow streets, pedestrian zones, etc. However, if you want to visit wineries a car is pretty much essential. There is a website winetourismportugal.com that does a great job of showing wineries in the entire country and you can narrow it down to the Alentejo area.
Once you arrive in Evora, there is a wine coop of sorts where you can taste, purchase and get info on wineries, routes, etc.
I recently stayed two nights in Evora and wish I had one more night. We walked the town, visited the cathedral and a few other places, did a Megalith Tour (great), but didn't have time to visit any wineries. But, that just means I have to return!
We were there in April. Walk the city, park your car under the viaduct (water) out side the wall. That way you can easily find it later. We stayed in an AirBNB house inside the walls that was FANTASTIC.
Evora can really be covered in a day. The Cathedral, farmer's market, bone chapel, university, temple of Diana.
And we had a most memorable evening meal in a tavern that was set up to seat nine people at the bar. We eventually had 10. As we waited for the tavern to open we saw the evening's fish delivered by a fishmonger. Good food. Almost a meal and a show. Go there and enjoy. But show up early. Even in shoulder season. It is the #1 restaurant in Evora on tripadivsor. If it says, Open at 7, get there at least by 6:45.
Is this a day trip via train from Lisbon?
You can get to Evora by train but it would be a very long day and would not really be enough time to do the city/region justice - IMO. I stayed two nights and didn't have enough time..