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Praça do Giraldo

Praça do Giraldo: Our most recommended tours and activities

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.  Treat yourself and your family or friends to a private experience with pickup and drop-off at your accommodation in Lisbon, Cascais, or Ericeira. Alternatively, you can opt for a small-group experience and meet your guide outside one of two central hotels.

From Lisbon: Private Customized Small-Group Tour to Evora

2. From Lisbon: Private Customized Small-Group Tour to Evora

Discover the wonders of the ancient city of Evora on this customized tour. Want to see the finest Gothic building in Portugal? Then visit the 13th-Century Cathedral of Evora. Stop off where you like and see the sights you want to at your own pace. Start off your sightseeing experience with a pickup from your driver, jump in the car and enjoy the ride. Immerse yourself in this old but vibrant city, known for its cobbled streets, medieval palaces, and plazas, all within its ancient walls. Visit The Roman Temple of Évora, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Want to see something chilling? Be sure to stop at the Church of St Francis. The eerie Bones Chapel is decorated with human bones and skulls, which will send shivers down your spine.

From Lisbon: Évora Private Historic Discovery Tour

3. From Lisbon: Évora Private Historic Discovery Tour

This tour is designed for history lovers and will show you the city’s varied collection of historic landmarks. After relaxing on the trip (1 hour 30 minutes) from Lisbon to Évora, you reach this UNESCO World Heritage city. You'll be transported back to Roman times, then past the Moorish occupations, all the way through the middle ages, and then back to today's Portugal. You'll discover the history of the Roman Temple, often incorrectly referred to as the Temple of Diana. You will also enter the famous Sé Cathedral, the largest medieval cathedral of Portugal. It was built between 1186 and 1204 and was only finished to its final beauty in 1250. Your guide will show you the cloister, basilica and then you will go all the way up to the rooftop to have a fantastic birds-eye-view over the whole city. Then you will explore the creepy Bone Chapel, with its carefully arranged skulls and bones of about 5000 people that cover the walls and columns. It is supposed to make visitors reflect on the inevitable facts of life and death. Make sure you look up at the inscription on the entrance, which reads: "We bones that here are, await for yours." As well as the above sites, you'll also have the chance to stroll along the Giraldo Square and discover many other historic details of this city and see the locals way of life. Not to forget, you should try some of the simple local gastronomic specialties if you get hungry. At the end of the tour, you'll be driven back to Lisbon.

Évora: City Highlights Private Half-Day Walking Tour

4. Évora: City Highlights Private Half-Day Walking Tour

Join your guide as you explore the historical treasures of Evora which have survived for centuries. See the cathedral, one of Evora's top attractions, built between 1186 and 1204. Discover the Roman Temple, one of the best preserved Roman monuments on the Iberian Peninsula. Explore the Praca do Giraldo, the town's lively main square, and visit the historical university founded in 1559. See St. Francis Church with its Bone Chapel, the local market, and Portugal's famous cork products, such as bags, shoes, and wallets.

Lisbon: Private Tour to Évora and Cork Factory

5. Lisbon: Private Tour to Évora and Cork Factory

Take advantage of a convenient pick-up at your hotel and hit the road to Évora from Lisbon. Enjoy a flexible itinerary that can be tailored to your needs as you explore the local sights. Visit the Cortiçarte, a cork factory, and learn about the process of stripping and transforming cork. See the Roman Temple, known as the Tempo Diana, and explore one of the symbols of the Roman occupation of Portugal. See the medieval Cathedral of Évora, built on the foundations of a Muslim mosque. Stand at Giraldo Square, a site of religious public penance during the Inquisition. Discover São Francisco Church, built in the 15th and 16th centuries to replace an earlier Gothic temple. Marvel at one of the more macabre local sights, The Chapel of Bones.

Full-Day Private Évora World Heritage Tour from Lisbon

6. Full-Day Private Évora World Heritage Tour from Lisbon

Your tour begins with a pick-up from your hotel/apartment or cruise ship. This private tour is provided with the objective of showing you the national monuments at Évora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although there will be time to visit the inside of some selected monuments or attractions, it is never sufficient to visit all of them, so please inform your driver of your preferences and all arrangements will be made in order to fulfill your preferences. This experience is provided for the sole purpose of your enjoyment, so feel free to ask for whatever you need and best efforts will be made to accommodate your request. As this is a private tour, you will have the freedom to rearrange your tour as you see fit. A standard itinerary will follow this form. After the hotel pick-up, you will head directly to the southeast through one of Lisbon's emblematic bridges, driving directly to Évora, approximately a 1.5-hour drive. Once you arrive, visit the Almendres Chromlech, one of the oldest structures of this type on the Iberian Peninsula. Then, walk through the small city center to the main attractions such as the Roman Temple, the Cathedral, the Bones Chapel, and Giraldo's Square (an approximately 1 to 2 kilometer walk to see all the main spots).  Lunch can be arranged in one of the many restaurants in the city center. Afterward, head to one of the estates or wine shops in the area, where you can choose to have a tasting of the wines produced there. After visiting the estate, head back to your accommodation for an approximately 5:30 PM arrival. Please note that the order of these visits may be altered due to lunch options and/or more favorable visiting hours for the attractions/ monuments.

Private Day Trip Transfer to Évora from Lisbon

7. Private Day Trip Transfer to Évora from Lisbon

Discover with us the charming city of Évora which stands amidst the beautiful Alentejo plains and is protected by walls of Moorish and medieval origin. Find several monuments and Roman ruins, a charming old town with a tranquil atmosphere enveloping unique flavors of regional products. We’re specialized in providing unique travels experiences to our customers. Our experience is your garantee that we understand, meet and exceed your expectations. Where you will know the best that Portugal has to offer!

From Lisbon: Private Day Trip to Évora with Hotel Pickup

8. From Lisbon: Private Day Trip to Évora with Hotel Pickup

Departure from Lisbon that will allow you to escape the hustle and bustle of Lisbon and explore Évora, located in the Alentejo wine region. Templo Romano de Évora (Temple of Diana), 1 hour 30 minutes Chapel of Bones, Praca 1 de Maio, Évora 7000-650 Portugal, 30 minutes Lunch at Giraldo Square (food not included) 1hour Monsaraz Castle, Largo do Castelo, Monsaraz 7200-175 Portugal, 1 hour The Temple of Diana was built between the 1st and 2nd century AD as a tribute to Emperor Augustus. The Roman Temple is at the highest point of the city, and, along with the historic city centre, was classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986 The Chapel of Bones which was built in the seventeenth century on the initiative of three Franciscan friars whose purpose was to convey the message of the transience and fragility of human life The Castle of Monsaraz, in alentejo, is located in the parish of Monsaraz, municipality of Reguengos de Monsaraz, district of Évora, Portugal. Neighbor to the Guadiana River and the modern water mirror of the Alqueva Dam

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What people are saying about Praça do Giraldo

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 18 reviews

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.

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!

We loved this tour. The tour guide Alex (Alexander the Great) was excellent. He knew the history and information on this part of the country and was able to explain everything in detail. He was also very fun and funny. The first fort looks out at Spain and the wine tasting was good. The trip Evora was quite nice and of course learning about the Chapel of Bones - very very interesting.

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

My husband and I ended up as the only two tourists for this small group guided tour. Our guide Rodrigo is very patient and kept a good company with us. He’s very knowledgeable and we learned a lot of history and site background information from him. We even had a nice lunch in a Michelin restaurant. The overall experience is excellent