Giraldo Square in Évora.
Location in Portugal
|• Mayor||Carlos Pinto de Sá (CDU)|
|• Total||1,307.03 km2 (504.65 sq mi)|
|• Density||43/km2 (110/sq mi)|
|Municipal holiday||Saint Peter
Évora (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈɛvuɾɐ] ( )) is a municipality in Portugal. The population in 2011 was 56,596, in an area of 1307.03 km². It is the seat of the Évora District and capital of the Alentejo region. It contains the city of Évora.
The present Mayor is Carlos Pinto de Sá of the CDU coalition. The municipal holiday is June 29.
Évora (altitude 300 m) is situated in Alentejo (southern Portugal). It is the chief city of the district. The seat of the municipality is the city of Évora, composed by the civil parishes of Santo Antão, São Mamede and Sé e São Pedro in the historical centre and the urban parishes of Bacelo, Horta das Figueiras, Malagueira and Senhora da Saúde outside the ancient city walls where most of the population in fact reside. The remaining civil parishes in the municipality are rural or suburban and do not form part of the city for statistic purposes.
The freeway that serves Évora is the A6/E90. The municipality can be reached by the following motor routes:
- from Lisbon, take the 25 de Abril Bridge, then the A2 and the A6
- or take the Vasco da Gama Bridge, then the A12, A2 and A6
- from Setúbal, take the IC3, then join the A2 and take the A6
- from Elvas or Spain (Badajoz), take the A6
- from the interior north and center, take the A23 (free), then the IP2; if you want freeway only, (IP2 being a highway) take the A23 (free), then the A1 to Santarém, where you will cross the Tagus river, then A13 and A6.
Travel time from Lisbon by car (due east) via the toll road[A6] is about one and a half hours. Secondary, scenic roads can be taken, but the trip time is much longer (up to 3 hours). Due to a limited amount of tourist signs, a list of interesting points compiled prior to driving a route to Évora is important. Motor assistance services are reasonable but aimed at local commerce, not tourism.
The weather tends to be warm and often hot (32-35°C), and rarely goes below 5 °C (41 °F) in winter.
Évora is in the heart of Alentejo region, an area consisting mostly of a soft rolling hills and plains. Alentejo's capital and largest city, Évora is a quite pleasant medium sized city and has numerous monuments. Due to its long history, monuments and buildings are its main attraction to outsiders. However there are numerous "Festas Populares" celebrating saints, holidays, "Feiras" (fairs) and cultural events (such as televised musical presentations) sponsored by the municipality and other organizations Such events are so common that locals hardly make reference to them. The city's wonderful backdrop is often featured in concerts.
The municipality consists of the following 12 civil parishes:
- Bacelo e Senhora da Saúde
- Évora (São Mamede, Sé, São Pedro e Santo Antão)
- Malagueira e Horta das Figueiras
- Nossa Senhora da Graça do Divor
- Nossa Senhora da Tourega e Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe
- Nossa Senhora de Machede
- São Bento do Mato
- São Manços e São Vicente do Pigeiro
- São Miguel de Machede
- São Sebastião da Giesteira e Nossa Senhora da Boa Fé
- Torre de Coelheiros
Évora is the chief city of the Alentejo region, and plays a role as an important agricultural and services center. It is home to several institutions with great importance for the region, like the state-run University of Évora and district hospital. Évora has tried to develop the aerospace sector, and expects soon Embraer industrial facilities.
Évora, as well as the surrounding area, has many hotel, bed-and-breakfast and various styles of accommodation. From the very expensive - Convento do Espinheiro, Heritage Hotel & Spa - to camping sites, there is a great variety, with something for all tastes and budgets.
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- Town Hall official website
- Évora´s Article by Gina Modesto in Accessible Travel Magazine, October 2007 (Error 404 2009-6-4)
- Map of Évora
- Évora Bilíngue PT/BG