As the weather in the western region was not favorable for sunbathing, we went to Elvas – the UNESCO World Heritage City
A few days in Elvas, Badajoz in sight! Republic Square
This is the main square of the city, it has many terraces where you can have a meal. The beautiful sidewalk and the old Cathedral, currently called the Church of Nossa Senhora da Assunção, stand out.
We parked and toured the historic area and castle on foot.
A few days in Elvas, Badajoz in sight! Elvas Castle
Here we have a good perspective on the Spanish border and how important this point was in the defense of the city and the country.
A few days in Elvas, Badajoz in sight! The Amoreira Aqueduct
Upon arriving in Elvas, this huge construction immediately stands out – the Amoreira Aqueduct – about 8.5 km long. It has 843 arches and 31 meters high, leaves no one indifferent, and is considered the largest aqueduct in the Iberian Peninsula!
It is one of the symbols of the city and was built to bring water to it.
A few days in Elvas, Badajoz in sight! The Fort of Our Lady of Grace
A few days in Elvas, Badajoz in sight! The Fort of Santa Luzia
Free entrance and guided tours until 12/31/2021, according to the municipal measures of preventive support to Covid-19.
Built-in 1648, the fort played a key role in defending the city, being repeatedly attacked by the Spanish army without yielding. It is well worth taking the guided tour, as the city’s history is very beautiful.
A few days in Elvas, Badajoz in sight! Where to sleep in Elvas?
Just 5 km from the fortified city of Elvas, Varchotel it was recently renovated and features typical Alentejo architecture. It offers bright rooms with modern decor.
The hotel’s restaurant, Dom Januário, is very good. Try the Golden Codfish, typical of Elvas, very similar to the well-known ‘codfish à brás’.
The pool area is fantastic. It was the place where we spent the most time, as, in fact, we went there to rest and get some sun.
Before returning home, we went to Badajoz, which is about 20km from Elvas, and walked through Praça de Espanha – the historic and administrative center of the city – where the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is located.
Go, try it, and then tell us how it went!!!
Happy holidays and have fun!!!!