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The magnificent museum city of Evora is as magical as its name suggests; its Roman roots and regal residences make it Portugal’s finest reminder of the prosperous past and its resounding opulence allures tourists from every corner of the globe. Wrought iron balconies, golden monuments and striking architectural symbols evoke a sense of imperial majesty further enhanced by the idyllic hillside setting. Although shrouded in historic virtue, Evora still maintains a lively and youthful counterculture that permeates the cosmopolitan restaurants and energetic bars of the atmospheric and artistic main square.
The mystical Aqueduct of Silver Waters projects through the beguiling town centre and provides an aesthetic and historic centre piece to the town. Originally built to provide the town with clean water by pioneering architect Francisco de Arruda, the aqueduct’s perimeter provides an enchanting walk around verdant hillsides and the architectural wonders of the town.
In typical Portuguese fashion, the city’s principal cathedral is medieval melange of fortified stone and foreboding turrets. This harsh exterior harbours a glittering treasure trove of ecclesiastical artefacts in its compact cloisters; the Cathedral Museum provides a visual banquet bursting with jewel encrusted extravagance and opulent majesty. Ming vases, red rubies and golden cherubs are just a selection of the shimmering objects to be enjoyed.
Nestled in the heart of the atmospheric Moorish quarter is Botequim da Mouraria. Not a fine dining establishment, this cosy culinary shrine only offers 12 stools and a counter upon which the owner serves delectable dishes according to the specific tests of customers. This restaurant is a dynamic experience that will immerse travellers in the town’s vibrant and embracing culture.(Rua da Mouraria 16A)