5. HISTORIC EVORA
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.