- Our tours are always private! Just you and our driver!
- Exclusive Tour on a 100% Electric Luxury Tesla (Model S / Model 3 or Model X available)
- 8 hours to have enough time to see everything in a relaxed way in the region of Evora!
- Free WiFi and Bottled Water the entire journey.
- Pick you up at your hotel, airport, cruise terminal or other meeting point in Lisbon!
- Drive a funny Renault Twizy for 1 hour and explore the historical center
- Visit included to the famous Cartuxa Winery and offer of a bottle of Cartuxa Reserve Red
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Go from Lisbon to Evora, UNESCO World Heritage Site, in an amazing TESLA with a local driver in an 8-hour journey! Let yourself be amazed by the Roman Temple and the Chapel of Bones, visit the Cartuxa Winery and drive a Twizy in the historic center!
Live Electric Tours presents you with the most private tour departing from the city of Lisbon. Just book your tour, choose where you want us to pick you up, and relax on a memorable journey on board of an amazing Tesla.
We have different options for you to choose. Go to the religious and mystic town of Fatima, visit the vineyards and cellars in Evora, taste the delicious cuttlefish of Setubal, get lost in the beautiful beaches of Arrabida, discover magical forests and castles in Sintra or watch the biggest waves in the World in Nazeré.
Today, this tour will take you to Evora, in the worm and dry Alentejo region.
This charming tour begins in Lisbon, from where you will travel to the southern part of the country, the Alentejo.
The visit begins with the beautiful medieval city of Évora, the historic center of Alto Alentejo, an area that was declared a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 1986, and where you can visit monuments such as: Cathedral, Roman Temple, Church of São Francisco and its Chapel of Bones.
Then we drive to see the amazing local vineyards. After that, you can enjoy your lunch in a friendly local atmosphere, known for its excellent cuisine and for offering the best wines in the world. If you wish, we reserve a table for you at Enoteca da Cartuxa where you can enjoy a fantastic meal and delicious regional cuisine! You can also visit many interesting points like the factory and the cork shop.
To have fun in a relaxed way, we also included a self-guided tour in a Renault Twizy through the city center. You have 1 hour to have fun behind the wheel of this tiny car and discover the narrow streets and corners that Évora has to offer.
Then do a wine tasting, without prior appointment, at Adega da Cartuxa. Visit the main property of the Eugénio de Almeida Foundation and end your exclusive trip to Monte dos Pinheiros, the site of the famous Pêra Manca vineyard, a wine that, 500 years ago, was used by Pedro Alvares Cabral to seal his discovery do Brasil (Terras de Vera Cruz) with local indigenous populations. It is in this emblematic place that, at the end of your tour, you will be offered a fantastic bottle of Cartuxa Tinto Reserva, to later enjoy and remember your unforgettable experience in this ancient city!
In this 8-hour tour of the Évora region, your independence is guaranteed. Do you feel like changing your route and taking an alternative route? Don't worry, you can personalize your tour. Tell the driver where you want to go and enjoy your route!
All this on board the fantastic Tesla, a 100% electric car. With this totally sustainable and environmentally friendly car we have already saved tons of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere, making the city and our world cleaner. That is why we were considered the best StartUp in the World in “Sustainable Tourism” in 2020, an award given by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
Come and explore Évora in the most private and luxurious way!
- Private Driver and a Luxury Tesla Vehicle (Model 3 / Model S or Model X)
- Pick-up and Drop-off at your hotel or apartment, airport or cruise terminal or other meeting point in Lisbon.
- Free Wi-Fi
- Bottled Water
- We present you with a suggested itinerary, however you can adjust this tour according to your interests and expectations.
- Civil Liability, Personal Accidents and Car Insurance
- Self-Drive Twizy ride (1 hour)
- Cartuxa Exclusive
- Guided tour of 1h30m to the Cartuxa Wine Cellar with 5 Premium wines (except Pêra Manca) + Olive oils and Hams - Timetable available at 10h30a.m or 11h30a.m.
- Non-guided visit to the Eugénio de Almeida Foundation - Páteo São Miguel.
- Non-guided visit to the exclusive collection of antique carriages.
- Non-guided visit to the Casas Pintadas. (Closed on Monday)
- Exclusive entrance in Monte dos Pinheiros, vineyard of the Grape of the Pera Manca. (Closed on Saturdays and Sundays)
- Reservation for lunch or dinner at Enoteca Cartuxa.
- Offer of a Bottle of Cartuxa Reserve Red.
- Personal Expenses
- Entrance Tickets to Monuments / Museums
- Meal at Enoteca da Cartuxa (reservation only)
Nestling with dignified repose in the heart of Portugal's sun-baked Alentejo province, Évora is one of the country's oldest and most enchanting cities. Rising to prominence under the Romans, the town was also occupied for some 500 years by the Moors. Medieval Évora thrived as a center of learning and the arts, and was patronized by a succession of Portuguese kings. Its numerous churches and monasteries stand as testament to a devout and pious legacy.
The melding of such diverse cultures and religions coupled with an abundance of different architectural styles prompted UNESCO to declare Évora's old town a World Heritage Site. Conveniently, this precious hoard of monuments and museums is clustered together within the city walls, and can be easily explored on foot. Similarly, Évora's lively market town atmosphere is best appreciated by following the narrow cobblestone lanes that snake away from the brooding cathedral to pass gurgling fountains and flower-flecked squares. Along the way, colorful handicraft stores and family-run cafés busy themselves under granite-wrapped arcades. Restaurants, meanwhile, serve some of the tastiest gastronomy in the land.
At the highest point of the city where Évora’s ancient forum once stood is what could be Portugal’s greatest Roman monument.
This Corinthian temple was built in the 1st century and would likely have been devoted to Diana.
Up close you’ll notice the difference in materials; the fluted columns are made from granite while the bases and capitals are marble that was brought here from Estremoz, 40 or so kilometres to the northeast.
This monument has survived so well because its walls were filled in during medieval times when it was turned into a small fortress, before being restored in the 1870s.
SAINT FRANCIS CHURCH
The church that hosts the Capela dos Ossos also needs to be seen, not least as it was a place of worship for royalty.
This is made clear at the portal, which is was sculpted in the Manueline style in the first decades of the 1500s.
Amid the decoration is an armillary sphere, which was the emblem of King Manuel I, and a pelican, signifying King John II. The nave has monumental dimensions (it is the largest church interior of this kind in Portugal), and you should raise your eyes to the groin vaults in the ceiling.
A peculiar thing about the choir is that the opposing stalls were made in different times; the ones on the right are 16th-century Renaissance, while those on the left are 17th-century Baroque.
CHAPEL OF BONES
This chapel attached to the Church of São Francisco isn’t one for the squeamish.
It’s an ossuary, with walls, arches and supporting pillars lined with bones and skulls in cheerful arrangements.
These are the remains of several thousand monks, recovered from several crypts and cemeteries in the 16th century.
The idea behind this Franciscan chapel, built when counter-Reformation spirit was running high, was to remind worshippers of the transitory nature of life.
In case there’s any doubt about this message, there’s an inscription at the entrance in Latin, reading ” We bones, that are here, for yours await”.
Don't be put off by Évora cathedral's rather austere complexion. Its weathered granite façade has after all endured the elements since 1204, and the heavy-set structure can't help but resemble a fortress, a look accentuated by a pair of imposing asymmetrical bell towers. Those with an eye for architecture will notice the melding of the Romanesque with the Gothic, but everyone will gush at the stunning 14th-century sculpted Apostles that wrap themselves around the building's main portal. Inside, even whispering sounds too loud, but the mood of secluded gravity is lifted somewhat by the 18th-century high altar and polished marble chancel. A more dazzling backdrop is the treasury, which doubles up as a museum of sacred art brimming with rare and priceless artifacts fashioned out of gold, silver, and other precious metals. The top draw, though, is the roof from where a memorable Alentejo panorama can be admired.
Portugal’s second-oldest university is in Évora, and was founded in the 1500s by both Pope Paul IV and the future King Henry I, who was a cardinal at the time.
For its first 200 years it was a Jesuit college, before this order was expelled from Portugal in the 1750s.
There’s a lot to get through here, but you have to survey the elegant arcades and galleries in the main courtyard.
And don’t miss the chance to see some of the classrooms, as these are decorated with azulejos that vary according to the fields taught.
You might notice Aristotle teaching Alexander the Great or Plato instructing his followers.
Évora's handsome central square is the city's bustling hub, a favorite meeting place where locals mingle with tourists. Probably named after Geraldo Sem-Pavor (the Fearless), the outlaw who ousted the Moors in 1165, the square hosts a lively weekend market, but is a shopping destination in its own right, with several boutiques situated under the graceful arcades that line Giraldo's eastern flank; nearby Rua 5 de Outubro is lined with shops that sell handicrafts and curios, from copperware to carved cork. In summer, restaurants set tables across the esplanade, and the colorful scene is café society at its most ebullient. It's a far cry from the beheadings and Inquisition burnings witnessed in darker, medieval times. Fortunately, today's entertainment is likely to be animated street theater or a live music concert staged under the shadow of the 16th-century Igreja de Santo Antão.
Modern and kid-friendly, Évora Museum does away with the stuffy and cramped. Instead, this delightfully engaging cultural and educative draw is spacious, light and airy, and superbly designed to showcase a collection of regional treasures housed in what was once the residence of bishops and noblemen. Yes, this is a former palace building dating way back to the 16th century, and the city's history is all here under one roof. It's worth spending time mulling over the exhibits. For instance, the art gallery features an extraordinary 16th-century Flemish polyptych, a fantastically detailed painting of 13 panels executed in vivid Technicolor, and this kind of brushwork requires serious study. The main core of the museum is its collection of archaeology, and its Roman sculpture pinches all the glory - a giant 2nd century AD column rises up like a rocket as if to emphasize the period.
CONVENT AND CHURCH OF THE LOIOS
This convent is from the 1400s and was built over the ruins of a medieval castle.
A few of the monastic buildings, including the refectory and monks’ cells have been turned into a pousada (heritage hotel). You can go in to explore the church, which is far richer than its facade makes it seem.
That is because the exterior had to be remodelled after the devastating 1755 earthquake.
The ceiling of the nave has masterful Gothic rubbed vaults, and walls festooned with blue and white azulejos.
The church also has the tombs of the Counts of Olivença, most notably Rodrigo Afonso de Melo who was chief guard to King Afonso V.
SILVER WATERS AQUEDUCT
The whimsically named Aqueduct of Silver Water caught the imagination of Portugal's greatest poet, Luís de Camões, who described the majestic 16th-century watercourse in his epic Os Lusìadas, published in 1572. The structure is still regarded with awe, the tallest arches of the surviving nine-kilometer stretch reaching a height of 26 meters and visible throughout the city and beyond. Over the years, shops, warehouses, and other commercial premises have been constructed within its arches. There are even some houses snuggled between its walls. The most interesting examples can be admired in and around Rua do Cano. But for some truly imposing views of the aqueduct, visitors should follow the well-signposted trail that begins just outside the city walls.
As soon as you arrive in Évora, stop by the tourist office, which will give you a handy map of the best spots to take in the city’s fortifications.
As they appear now, these walls, towers and gates are from the reign of King Afonso IV in the 1300s, but their origins and course go back to 3rd century, and you can also spot Moorish traces from the early middle ages.
The area contained is more than 10 hectares and the walls are about two kilometres in length, so there’s plenty to see.
A good starting point is the Jardim Público a few paces from the Capela dos Ossos, where a length of the ramparts creates a picturesque barrier in the park.
EUGENIO DE ALMEIDA FOUNDATION (EXCLUSIVE PREMIUM)
Fundação Eugénio de Almeida is an institution of private law and public utility, based in Évora. Its Statutes were drafted by the Founder himself, Engº Vasco Maria Eugénio de Almeida, when it was created in 1963. The institutional mission of the Foundation is carried out in the cultural and educational, social and assistance, and spiritual domains aiming at the development and elevation of the Évora region. Among its heritage, donated by the Institution to be the economic foundation for the development of the mission, we highlight a set of rustic properties in the municipality of Évora in which the Foundation develops an agricultural and livestock and industrial project. Continuing the exploitation of the vineyard, which has been in the region since time immemorial, the Fundação Eugénio de Almeida is also the heir of a long history in the wine sector, since since the end of the 19th century, the culture of the vine has been part of the productive tradition of Agricultural House Eugénio de Almeida.
CARTUXA WINERY (EXCLUSIVE PREMIUM)
The Cartuxa Winery, located on the Quinta de Valbom estate is closely connected to the Jesuits.
Founded by Ignacius of Loyola – later Saint Ignacius – in 1540, the Order of Jesuits was devoted to missionary and educational work. It was to those ends that Jesuits came to Évora, firstly to set up the College of the Holy spirit (Colégio Espirito Santo) around 1551, and later, in 1559, to create the University of Évora. A Jesuit rector of the University, Father Pedro Silva, acquired Quinta de Valbom in 1580 to house the university’s teaching body. The building of what came to be called the Jesuit Retreat (Casa de Repouso dos Jesuitas) took 10 years to complete, and resulted in a large, many-roomed building, complete with refectory and chapel.
In 1759, the Jesuits were expelled from Portugal by Prime Minister Pombal, and the Valbom Estate was taken over by the State. In 1776 it was equipped with a wine press which quickly gained importance in the region.
Adega Cartuxa took its name from its proximity to the Mosteiro da Cartuxa (Cartuxa Monastery), erected in the mid-16th century, a name which has endured to the present day. The great-grandfather of , the creator of the Foundation, bought the Estate in 1869. It was sold at auction as part of a long-term plan instigated after the Liberal Revolution of 1820, whereby Church and Crown properties were nationalised and then sold off to private buyers. The Estate was inherited by his son, Carlos Maria Eugenio de Almeida, who immersed himself in expanding the agricultural production of Casa Agricola Eugenio de Almeida.
It was his initiative to plant vineyards that gave origin to the Foundation’s wines, and with the progressive expansion and success of the charity’s wine production, the Cartuxa Winery, housed in the former refectory, underwent a series of improvements. The most significant were made between 1993 and 1995 when the winery was re-equipped and enlarged, considerably increasing its winemaking potential and storage capacity.
The old equipment is disused now but was truly innovative in its day.There are still such museum pieces as clay pots (amphoras) for fermenting red wines, concrete fermentation vats and cement tanks for fermenting white wines. These storage tanks, built from cement and later lined with resin to stop the porosity of cement, date back to the 1950s when they were commonly used.
The new Cartuxa Winery, situated on the Herdade de Pinheiros estate, can take all the grapes grown in Foundation vineyards and is fitted with three technological innovations that set it apart from the rest. These are: efficient refrigeration capacity; facility to sort the grapes on arrival at the winery and the ability to move musts and wine around by force of gravity.
The bottling line is fully automated and has an output of some four million bottles per year. These are red, rose and white wines of brands, Vinea, EA, Foral de Evora, Cartuxa, Scala Coeli and the legendary Pêra-Manca
The Painted Houses owe their name to the unique set of 16th century frescoes that decorate the gallery and the attached oratory integrated in the garden. They have been classified as Property of Public Interest since 1950.
At the time of the execution of the frescoes, the Casas Pintadas belonged to D. Francisco da Silveira, 3rd Coudel-mor of D. Manuel I and D. João III and a reference poet at Cancioneiro Geral.
At the end of the 16th century, the Painted Houses were annexed to the Palace of the Inquisition to house the judges of the Holy Office.
In the 19th century there was a theater in the Casas Pintadas housing complex called “Teatro Eborense”, the first public theater in Évora.
In the early sixties of the twentieth century, Vasco Maria Eugénio de Almeida, Founder of the Foundation, acquired the property that he adapted and gave up for the residence of Companhia de Jesus in Évora. The Jesuit priests were responsible for the scientific coordination of ISESE (Instituto Superior Económico e Social de Évora), created in 1964, which operated in the contiguous Palace of the Inquisition, already owned by the Foundation and which today houses the Art and Culture Center of the Eugénio Foundation de Almeida. The decorations in the garden gallery are the most interesting artistic manifestations of their kind in Portugal and a unique example of palatial mural painting from the first half of the 16th century. In 2008, the Foundation carried out a project for the enhancement and requalification of the Casas Pintadas garden and, in 2011, the fresco set was the object of study and of a consolidation and restoration intervention, being today accessible to the public through a program of guided tours.
You can dine like an Évoran and sample some traditional Alentejo fare, which is rustic, satisfying and intended to nourish generations of rural workers.
Açorda is a kind of paste made with garlic, olive oil and vinegar and served with poached egg over slices of bread.
Migas com carne de porco is leftover bread, soaked in water, garlic and spices and combined with braised pork.
Alentejo is also known for its desserts, like sericaia, a kind of egg pudding flavoured with orange zest and cinnamon, or pão de rala, literally bread pudding traditionally made at convents, with lemon zest, spices, ground almonds and eggs.
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