Monsaraz & Evora

Monsaraz & Evora

€380 per person

Monsaraz, Ceramic Workshop and Evora is a historical and rural private tour. Monsaraz is a charming, hilltop village with a fortified medieval castle at the south of the village, at the highest point. Made of lime and schist you can hear the echoes of the past in…

Monsaraz, Ceramic Workshop and Evora is a historical and rural private tour. Monsaraz is a charming, hilltop village with a fortified medieval castle at the south of the village, at the highest point. Made of lime and schist you can hear the echoes of the past in the streets. The village holds many stories of the Knights Templar and it´s brave people. Wander the medieval streets, explore the castle and peruse the beautiful artisan shops. A perfect place to visit in the morning as the village is awakening. Admire the beautiful surrounding countryside and amazing views over the Alqueva Dam; a huge mass of water which is actually man-made. This great lake not only has an important function to supply water to the surrounding area it also offers many activities such as hiking, fishing and horse-riding. A short drive from Monsaraz is the village of São Pedro do Corval, known as Portugal´s largest pottery centre with more than 20 pottery workshops. Here you will enjoy your own ceramics workshop plus have time to wander through all the little stores. Finally, explore the city of Evora´s and learn of its cultural ties and history as you visit the significant monuments, such as the Cathedral of Evora, the Roman Temple of Diana and the Chapel of Bones. Evora was considered a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1986 and is a museum-city with roots dating back to Roman times. In the 16th century it was Portugal’s golden age and all kings and queens had residences here. Also Evora is a beautiful city just to walk around and admire the many buildings typical to Evora such as little white houses with tiles and balconies. Classic Portugal is a certified and licensed Turismo de Portugal agency with the Clean and Safe seal. Your health is our priority. We have set protocols in regards to Covid19 including all guides vaccinated, transportation sanitised regularly and masks and sanitiser available for customers. Be sure you check out the Classic Portugal blog. If you like this tour you may also be interested in Evora & Winery Visit and Rural Alentejo.

 

  • Departure
    We pick you up from your accommodation within the Lisbon area.
  • Departure Time
    Please be ready at 8:45 AM for a prompt departure at 9:00 AM.
  • Return Time
    Approximately 17:00 PM.
  • Dress Code
    Casual, comfortable. Please remember to bring a hat and sunscreen.
  • Included
    Face masks and hand sanitiser for your use
    Hotel pick up and drop off
    Private transportation
    Tour in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese
  • Not Included
    Any meals
    Entry tickets
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Monsaraz
Monsaraz is a charming, hilltop village with a fortified medieval castle at the south of the village, at the highest point. Made of lime and schist you can hear the echoes of the past in the streets. The village holds many stories of the Knights Templar and it´s brave people. Wander the medieval streets, explore the castle and peruse the beautiful artisan shops. A perfect place to visit in the morning as the village is awakening. Admire the beautiful surrounding countryside and amazing views over the Alqueva Dam; a huge mass of water which is actually man-made. This great lake not only has an important function to supply water to the surrounding area it also offers many activities such as hiking, fishing and horse-riding.
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Ceramics Workshop, São Pedro do Corval
A short drive from Monsaraz is the village of São Pedro do Corval, known as Portugals largest pottery centre. The tradition here is pre-historic with specialities including plates, bowls and jugs all with adorned pastoral motifs. Here you will go behind the scenes and watch a master potter at the wheel and take your own pottery workshop. 
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Cathedral of Evora
Founded in the early 12th century, this is the largest medieval cathedral in the country. Not to be missed.    
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Roman Temple of Diana, Evora
This temple is a symbol of the Roman occupation of Portugal. It was erected in the first century AD in honour of Diana, the Roman goddess of hunting. Enjoy the peaceful Garden of Diana adjacent to the temple.
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Chapel of Bones, Evora
This intriguing chapel holds walls covered in bones and human skulls – a passage to Heaven of Hell – built by a Franciscan monk in the 16th century.