Pilgrim trail Stage 8

Viana do Alentejo - Évora

Pilgrim trail · Alentejo
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Turismo do Alentejo, ERT
  • Igreja de Santo Antão (frontal de altar gótico), Évora
    Igreja de Santo Antão (frontal de altar gótico), Évora
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There is not enough space here to the describe the many obligatory visits that the fascinating Évora offers us: the Cathedral, the countless churches, the Roman temple, the University, the genuine and ancient alleys, the convents and megalithic monuments in the vicinity, the Capela dos Ossos (Bones Chapel) in the Church of São. Francisco, where the message on the door is a reminder of the timeless human frailty: "We bones who are here, waiting for yours"...
moderate
Distance 40.7 km
10:05 h
235 m
150 m
297 m
178 m

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.

Author’s recommendation

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.

Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Highest point
297 m
Lowest point
178 m

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Safety information

For information regarding conduct, recommendations and self-safety, please refer to this page.

Tips and hints

Useful contacts:

  • 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

Start

Viana do Alentejo, at the foot of the mountain range (252 m)
Coordinates:
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38.332399, -8.001537
DMS
38°19'56.6"N 8°00'05.5"W
UTM
29S 587266 4243168
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Destination

Giraldo Square, Évora

Coordinates

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38.332399, -8.001537
DMS
38°19'56.6"N 8°00'05.5"W
UTM
29S 587266 4243168
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Always carry water, supplies, sunscreen, a hat, waterproof, comfortable shoes, and a map.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
40.7 km
Duration
10:05 h
Ascent
235 m
Descent
150 m
Highest point
297 m
Lowest point
178 m
Multi-stage route Cultural/historical interest

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