Delectable Portugal in Historic Évora
The Alentejo Region stretches from the Tagus River at Lisbon south to the Algarve. Its terracotta earth is covered in wheat fields and bordered by rows of olive trees marching up and down the rolling hills like Roman centurions. Dotting the hillsides, white washed villages and towns appear, crowned by castles. The ancients left their megaliths, the Romans their aqueducts, the Portuguese a wealth of architecture from Gothic to Baroque. Some of the ancient arts and crafts are still practiced in this region today.In the Alentejo, the cooking and wine-making reflect the region’s rich culinary traditions. In the spring, the Alentejo is carpeted in wildflowers. In the summer, wheat, oats, and sunflowers blanket the fields, and in the autumn, the air is filled with the smell of grapes and olives ripening. This stunning area covers a third of Portugal, but yet is home to only seven percent of the country’s population. And in the heart of this unspoiled countryside is the charming capital town of Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The elegant town is considered a museum city, shaped as it is by more than 20 centuries of history. It was once the residence of Portuguese kings in the 15th century, the beginning of the town’s golden age
Delectable Portugal in Historic Évora Accommodation Information
The charming 4-star Hotel M’ar de Ar Muralhas is located in the heart of historic Evora, just a short walk from the world-famous Giraldo Square. The expansive hotel features more than 90 rooms total, all with modern amenities including Internet. The property itself is beautiful, with an outdoor pool, gardens, restaurant, and views of the town’s walls. Your stay will be in a 4* superior room with balcony. If this hotel is unavailable, we have other preferred 4* centrally-located hotels that we also use, depending on the specific dates booked.
You can also upgrade to the chic M’ar de Ar Aqueduto. The hotel is in the center of Evora and was originally a palace of the Sepulveda family, whose magnificent chapel and vaulted ceilings were preserved in the hotel, as were three Manueline windows on the main façade. The hotel features modern decor, exceptional service, and all the modern comforts. The upgrade cost is based on an upgrade to a superior room.