Viana do Alentejo - Évora
Turismo do Alentejo, ERT
Igreja de Santo Antão (frontal de altar gótico), ÉvoraPhoto: Upstream, Turismo do Alentejo, ERT
Every silver lining has a cloud! And when you leave Viana, there is the certainty that you either hate or love this "queen stage". But the arrival in Évora is a great and abundant reward, a solemn moment of ecstasy, almost as if we were already staring in front of the apostle's cathedral... We travel under ten kilometers without history to the quiet village of Aguiar. In days of extreme heat, prudence advises that we recover here, enjoying a long provincial gazpacho, followed by any traditional delicacy that accentuates laziness and encourages you to put your boots away for today... The ancients suggested it by leaving the imposing Anta de Aguiar dolmen beside the Path, for an improvised backrest. In a fiercer way, or in cooler weather, we follow the ancient Roman military route, from the Emperor Antonino Pio's itinerary, which connected Ebora Liberalitas Julia (Évora) to Pax Julia (Beja), and we see the Camoeira redoubt, a fortified manor house from the 15th century, allegedly built by a relative of the distinguished Luís Vaz de Camões. A little further north there used to be the Camoeira Port, known for the road that crossed it, nicknamed "Diabos" (Devils), which belonged to Adriano's empire. With attention, it is still possible to discover a granite column more than 2 meters long, the former stepping stone to cross the Xarrama River.
From here to Évora the journey will be severe and lonely, in which the monotony of yellowness of the stubble is barely broken by the abundant ruminants and by the migrant storks who settled permanently in the plain, fed by the ponds of the indolent river Xarrama. The Path leads us to the famous Giraldo Square, in honour of the legendary robber Geraldo Sem Pavor (Without Fear), who redeemed himself before D. Afonso Henriques when he conquered Évora from the Moors, a heroic feat forever immortalized in the city's coat of arms. At the Tourism Office we take care of the well-deserved rest and we collect itinerary to guide us in the discovery of this city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In the Alentejo you really have to try the typical delicacies. The Alentejo bread, the olive oil, the wines. The starters with olives, a cheese board and delicious smoked ham. The Alentejo soup (there are several). Savour the açordas and the migas, the lamb and pork. Why not a sericaia, which is a conventual sweet for dessert, for example? But the menu is diverse. See where you can taste the Alentejo gastronomy. And because when travelling in Alentejo, restful nights are a must. Here you will find many options where you can rest and relax.
Track typesShow elevation profile
Safety informationFor information regarding conduct, recommendations and self-safety, please refer to this page.
Tips and hints
- Évora City Council: +351 266 777 000
- Évora Parish Councils (São Mamede,Sé, São Pedro and Santo Antão): +351 266 707 792
- Espírito Santo de Évora Hospital: +351 266 740 100
- Évora Fire Department: +351 266 702 122
- GNR − National Republican Guard: +351 266 748 400
- PSP − Public Security Police: +351 266 760 450
- Évora Civil Protection: +351 800 206 405
EquipmentAlways carry water, supplies, sunscreen, a hat, waterproof, comfortable shoes, and a map.
- 7 Waypoints
- 7 Waypoints
Questions and answers
Would you like to the ask the author a question?
Help others by being the first to add a review.
Photos from others