Going on the Megalithic Tour in Evora, a visit to the megalithic monuments in this region, means to go back thousands of years in time. In Evora district there are more than 10 megalithic sites, making this fenomenal testimony of prehistory in Alentejo one of the most important in the Iberian Peninsula and Europe altogether.
These prehistoric monuments go back to the Neolithic period (5500-4500 BC). Their location in in the outskirts of Evora because this region is the only place where the river basins of the most important rivers in the south of Portugal come together: Tagus, Sado and Guadiana. So, the Alentejo plains were ideal for the last communities of hunter-gatherers humans to practise their way of living.
Visits of the Megalithic Tour in Evora
Almendres Cromlech (Cromeleque dos Almendres), or Almendres Megalithic Site, is the largest megalithic monument of the Iberian Peninsula and one of the oldest in the whole world. 2.000 years older than Stonehenge, this is the prehistoric site near Evora that everybody has heard about.
Today, Almendres Cromlech is made up of approximately 100 monoliths, with some remodelling and additions to the original layout. This mystical place was built on a location chosen because of the astronomical phenomena related with the annual movement of Sun and Moon. Nowadays, it is surrounded by a beautiful cork oak forest.
We come across Almendres Menhir close to Almendres Cromlech, since they are intimately connected. Seen from the cromlech, the menhir indicates the sunrise in the summer solstice (the longest day of the year).
It has the shape of an elongated egg and has a crosier (staff) engraved in the top part. This form represents the importance of nature in the Neolithic, especially in what the domestication of animals is concerned.
Anta Grande do Zambujeiro (dolmen)
Anta Grande do Zambujeiro is a dolmen, a collective funerary monument used to burry the dead. It is one of the biggest dolmens in the Iberian Peninsula. A large corridor leads to the chamber.
In this dolmen, it is still possible to see the tumulus, a protective cover usually made of soil and rocks. The granite props, around 20 ft (6 m) high, make it (probably) the highest dolmen in the world.
In our Evora Megalithic Tour you will be accompanied by a guide, wether you depart from Evora or any other location in Portugal. In an informal and personalised way, he will tell you everything that experts have found about these prehistoric monuments, leaving no questions unanswered to anyone in your private tour.
Evora Megalithic Tour
Duration: around 3h
Tour difficulty: easy
Prices shown per vehicle, for your group. We don’t mix people from different groups. This is our way to maintain the quality of our services and the satisfaction of our clients, something we are very proud of. Maximum capacity of each vehicle is 7 people plus the driver/guide. Lunch is not included in any of the tours below.
EVORA MEGALITHIC TOUR – departures from Evora – 110€
- Pick-up in Evora (hotel, public transportation station,…)
- Almendres Cromlech
- Almendres Menhir
- Anta Grande do Zambujeiro (dolmen) or the viewpoint Alto S. Bento
- Drop-off in Evora (hotel, public transportation station,…)
MEGALITHIC TOUR + EVORA GUIDED VISIT – 200€ total
Guided Tour in Evora route highlights – St. Francisco Church, Bones Chapel (admission price not included – 6€/adult), Graça Convent and Church, Giraldo Square, Domus Municipalis, Roman Baths, Santa Isabel city gate, Mouraria – Moorish Quarter, Agua de Prata Aqueduct, Roman Temple, Cathedral (admission price not included – 3,50€), Moura city gate, Espirito Santo Church, Evora University (Colégio do Espírito Santo).
This combination of the two guided visits can take all day, with a pause for lunch (not included).
EVORA MEGALITHIC TOUR – departures from Lisbon
If you want to get to Evora departing from Lisbon, you can combine our transfer services with the Megalithic Tour.
- 270 € – Transfer Lisbon-Evora + Megalithic Tour + transfer to Evora
- 370 € – Transfer Lisbon-Evora + Evora guided visit on foot (2.30h) + Megalithic Tour + transfer to Evora
- 410 € – Transfer Lisbon-Evora + Megalithic Tour + transfer Evora-Lisbon in the same day
- 500 € – Transfer Lisbon-Evora + Evora guided visit on foot (2.30h) + Megalithic Tour + transfer Evora-Lisbon in the same day
The price of any of the tours which involve an Evora tour on foot doesn’t include the amount of 8€ per adult to enter the cathedral and the Bones Chapel. Follow this link to see the detailed itinerary of our Evora guided tour on foot.
If you wish to visit other points of interest in Alentejo (like wineries, for example), send us your suggestion. We will do everything in our reach to offer you an excellent day in Evora and Alentejo, Portugal.
- Our tours are completely private and you will be always accompanied by a local guide speaking in English, Portuguese, Spanish, French or Russian
- Possibility to do the tour starting in other cities in Alentejo and throughout Portugal (request a quote)
- The route is held by a tour operator partner of Visitevora, to whom we associated because we consider it the best option in this kind of tours
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