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From Lisbon: Évora and Monsaraz Day Tour with Wine Tasting

1. From Lisbon: Évora and Monsaraz Day Tour with Wine Tasting

Set off on your full-day tour from Lisbon and discover one of the most scenic parts of Portugal's countryside. Make your way through Alentejo with its magnificent plains filled with olive trees, vineyards, and cork oaks. Make your first stop at Évora, a Unesco World Heritage site and one of the most beautifully preserved medieval towns. Take a guided tour inside the Roman Temple, one of the best preserved Roman structures on the Iberian Peninsula. Your guide will also show you around the must-see Chapel of Bones. Take time to admire the ornate architecture of the Cathedral of Évora. Your second stop will be the graceful medieval village of Monsaraz, one of the oldest in Portugal and built within the walls of a castle. Taste one of the best wines in Portugal with the views of one of the largest artificial lakes in Europe. At the end of a full day of sightseeing, return to Lisbon. 

From Lisbon: Evora city tour

2. From Lisbon: Evora city tour

This tour will take you to Évora, a world heritage site, where medieval streets, palaces and beautifull tipical Portuguese houses coexist. Start the tour heading South, crossing over the 25th April bridge at Lisbon, also known as the Golden Gate replica and use the opurtunity to visit the iconic Christ King. On arrival at Évora, beside the Historical Centre, there are nearby a lot of interesting points to visit. On this customizable full-day private tour, you will be able to choose the itinerary and also what to visit in depth or briefly, within the full-day tour (8 hours) restriction.

Monsaraz and Wine guided tour from Évora

3. Monsaraz and Wine guided tour from Évora

Departing from Évora, it will take you about 4 hours to visit the amazing village of Monsaraz. Wander the streets and enjoy the breathtaking views of this hilltop village. Enter a time capsule that will take you back centuries. En route, the tour will stop at San Pedro do Corval, a pottery village. Stop by a family-owned pottery and have a great opportunity to interact with the locals and learn about ceramics. Afterwards, don't go home without tasting unique wines from a local winery.

Alentejo Wine from Évora

4. Alentejo Wine from Évora

Let’s get out of the urban and historical environment and see Évora’s surroundings. As a traveler, this can be your opportunity to truly get to know the region, our culture, and traditions. We will show you special places that define who we are. You can talk to locals and gain an understanding of what it’s like to live here. Our towns and villages are places where you can find the ancestral activities of Alentejo. We will take to sites that maybe could only exist in your imagination. Wine might be what better defines Alentejo and its people. There will be no farewell without a glass of wine or two!

Portalegre: Quinta da Fonte Souto Tour and Wine Tasting

5. Portalegre: Quinta da Fonte Souto Tour and Wine Tasting

Tour the vineyard, barrel warehouse, old kitchen, and a typical refectory and enjoy a wine tasting at Quinta da Fonte Souto (Symington Family Estates). Immerse yourself in the Alentejo landscape amongst vines and chestnut trees. Choose between a classic or premium tasting option. Upon arrival at Quinta da Fonte Souto, explore some of the property's 207 hectares, 43 of which are planted with vines and a substantial area of chestnut trees. During a wine tasting, get to know some of the flavors of the region. Choose the classic tasting option to taste Florão White, Florão Red, and Quinta da Fonte Souto Red. Alternatively, choose the premium option to taste Florão White, Florão Red, Quinta da Fonte Souto White, Quinta da Fonte Souto Red, and Vinha do Souto Red. Along the tour of the farm, relax and enjoy unforgettable views inserted in the Serra de São Mamede Natural Park. You may also opt for a picnic made up of regional products. Quinta da Fonte Souto is a new wine project by the Symington family in the fascinating sub-region of Portalegre in Alto Alentejo and the first property outside the Douro region, after 135 years and 5 generations. 

Évora & Alentejo Wine Tour Full-Day Private Tour

6. Évora & Alentejo Wine Tour Full-Day Private Tour

Explore the cultural tapestry of Évora, capital of the province of Alentejo, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Passing through a rustic landscape of olive and cork trees, journey 81 miles (130 km) south of Lisbon to reach the outer vineyards of this well-preserved treasure. Walk through the whitewashed Old Town to visit Évora's most famous landmark, the Roman Temple. Its large Corinthian columns date back to the first century, the era of Emperor Augustus. Another breathtaking stop will be the Cathedral of Évora, one of the most important Gothic monuments in Portugal. Then head to Saint Francis Church with the "Bones Chapel", or Capela dos Ossos, which is completely decorated with human bones. Don't miss the University of Évora, a former Jesuit college built by Cardinal-King Henrique in 1559. Afterwards, stroll through Évora market to admire the colorful and tasty ingredients used to create some of the Portugal's most marvelous dishes. In the afternoon, head to the Herdade do Esporão (near Reguengos de Monsaraz) to visit an important wine cellars in Portugal.

Olive Oil

7. Olive Oil

Olive Oil, or “liquid gold”, is an ancient oil and one of the main components of the much celebrated mediterranean diet, bringing many benefits to our health. The word azeite (olive oil in portuguese) originates in the arabic az zeite, that means olive juice. It was the arabs, in the Middle East, many thousands years ago, who contributed the most for the olive tree cultivation, and were also them who were responsible for the introduction of new oil extraction techniques. Only later, through greeks and romans, did olive trees and olive oil manufacturing spread around mediterranean Europe. Olive oil, just like today, wasn’t just used with culinary purposes, but also as a preservation agent, fuel for ilumination, for balms, ointments, and so on. Nowadays, olive oil is still the king of the mediterranean diet, much for its rich flavours, as for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory medical properties. Consumed with moderation, olive oil helps to fight LDL cholesterol and excess weight. It also helps preventing diseases such as some cancers and type 2 diabetes. In Portugal, olive tree cultivation and the manufacturing of olive oil have a millenary tradition. Roman amphorae with olive oil made here were found across southern Europe and we do have more than one olive tree with more than 2000 years. Today, olive oil still has a major role in the portuguese diet and in the economy too, with the big olive groves growing by the day in Alentejo and Algarve. TOUR During this tour we dare you to come with us to meet a traditional olive oil mill, to learn a bit more about olive groves cultivation, olives and olive oil manufacturing processes. Besides the tour to the mill, you’ll get the chance to enroll in an olive oil tasting, to savour the flavours and aromas of the extra virgin olive oil. We’ll depart next to Olhão, where we’ll eat typical food of the region - without forgetting the olive oil! - and visit the gorgeous city’s downtown. Olive Oil Mill In this mill, traditions rule. Olives are still selected, handpicked and taken to the mill. In the mill we’ll watch the grinding of the fruits and their transformation into oil, that, after that, is filtered, stored and bottled. Olive Oil Tasting We say our goodbyes with the discovery of the inspiring aromas and flavours of the olive oils. Each variety and manufacturing process a new adventure to our senses. Lunch in Olhão We leave to Olhão, land of fishermen, so we can delight ourselves with some typical food of the city, where the fish is king and seafood is scented with olive oil, garlic and coriander. Downtown Olhão After lunch, we’ll take a stroll around the lovely city downtown, that has an attractive redesigned riverside area with its popular market. Always walking with the Ria Formosa estuary in the back, greeting us peacefully.

Lisbon: Private Tour Evora with Wine Tasting at the Cartuxa

8. Lisbon: Private Tour Evora with Wine Tasting at the Cartuxa

Relax and enjoy the safety of a private tour. Meet your guide at your hotel lobby and travel from Lisbon to Évora in a comfortable vehicle. Go back in time and find out what gave the city the UNESCO World Heritage status. Visit the Roman Temple, the Evora Cathedral, and Giraldo Square. Also, discover the São Francisco Church that houses the chilling Chapel of Bones. Enjoy free time for lunch. Then, visit the Eugenio de Almeida Foundation (Cartuxa Winery) to take a guided tour of the winery and have a wine tasting. Alentejo is one of the most extensive regions in the south of Portugal recognized for the production of large, ripe, and fruity red wines, easy to drink.

From Lisbon: Évora Private Tour

9. From Lisbon: Évora Private Tour

This Évora tour has an abundance of Portuguese national monuments. Therefore highlights include an impressive Roman Temple and majestic cathedral. Furthermore, intriguing prehistoric standing stones and the Chapel of Bones. Among many others. The narrow streets, some of them medieval, which are located in the historic center, invite us to go for a walk to enjoy the beauty of its churches, squares, houses, handicrafts and taste the typical gastronomy of the Alentejo region. We continue on to Estremoz, known for the “white city” of Alentejo, due in part to its white houses, spread out over the hill, but also due to its white marble deposits, with such a renowned exploration that this region contributes 90% to the fact that Portugal is the second largest exporter of marble in the world.

Private Van Tour Evora and Alentejo Wine Tasting

10. Private Van Tour Evora and Alentejo Wine Tasting

Through the plains of the Alentejo, reach the city of Évora. Évora's historic center is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about the events and history these walls have seen. After walking the medieval streets, take a very pleasant walk through the old town and stop at the most emblematic places: the Bones Chapel, the Church of S. Francisco, the Cathedral and the Roman Temple (the Temple of Diana). This tour has several optional stops, one of them is to visit the Adega da Cartuxa (this must be booked in advance), famous for the Pera Manca red wine, considered one of the best wines in Portugal. Local gastronomy is one of the great attractions of this region. Évora is the ideal place to be introduced to traditional Alentejo food, which features the famous porco preto (black pig), lamb, and locally baked bread.

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While Sintra is at the top of the list for Lisbon day tours, I highly recommend considering this if you have an extra day to tour. Evora was the morning stop, with the roman temple, chapel of bones, and cathedral. You can actually walk on the roof of the cathedral for some great views of the surrounding area. We continued to Monsaraz, near the border with Spain, to experience this old walled city in relative quiet. Lunch was there in a nice local restaurant (Xarez) with gorgeous views, followed by the wine tasting (Ervideira winery) with generous pours. Enjoy the ride back through Portugal's agricultural region ... maybe snooze a bit of the wine off too. :) Our guide (Alex) made the trip all the more enjoyable with good conversation and side notes.

It was incredible experience to visit Monsaraz little mediaval town located on the top of the hill with picturesque views. On the way to Monsaraz we visited family owned pottery fabric and learned a lot about pottery making technologies. Then we made a stop to see cork trees ang learned about cork harvesting. Our guide Joao is the best guide ever! He shared a lot of stories, made our trip unforgetable. The cherry on the cake was the wine testing experience in the wine shop in Monsaraz. Nuno was very friendly host of testing there. We enjoyed the tour and highly recommend it as well as Joao as a tour gude for everyone visiting Evora! Thanks a lot Joao and Nuno. Irina and Alex from Canada

Diogo Martins was a wonderful tour guide. He gave us the exact amount of free time in between monuments we were visiting to shop, relax, and ask questions. He prepped us before each site or monument so we knew exactly what to concentrate on. He was personable and shared anecdotal historical information about the sites we visited. We would happily go on another tour with Diogo anytime!

What a day! Magical places to visit, Monsaraz is a hidden gem and to walk on the roof of Evora cathedral was a blast. Gonzalo, our guide was very knowledgeable, a lot of historical details, funny and we learn a lot about Portugal history in a day ( he was a teacher before) Many thanks Gonzalo, it was our privilege to have you as our guide! Carmen and Angel

Henrique and Miguel were fun, friendly, very knowledgeable, and informative. We really enjoyed our tour!