5. HIS­TORIC EVORA

Sunday Mail - Travel/Escape - - SCENIC BEAUTY -

One of Por­tu­gal’s most beau­ti­fully pre­served me­dieval towns, Evora is an en­chant­ing place to delve into the past. In­side the 14th-century walls, Evora’s nar­row, wind­ing lanes lead to strik­ing ar­chi­tec­tural works: an elab­o­rate me­dieval cathe­dral and clois­ters; the cin­e­matic col­umns of the Tem­plo Ro­mano (near the in­trigu­ing Ro­man baths); and a pic­turesque town square, once the site of some grue­some episodes cour­tesy of the In­qui­si­tion. Evora is also a lively univer­sity town and its many restaurants serve up hearty Alen­te­jan cui­sine.

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