Our passion for the art of embroidering Tapetes de Arraiolos made us create this Experience.
Arraiolos Rug "Santos Populares de Lisboa"
Design and Graphics of Pedro Farinha. Embroidery by Filomena Farinha. Founders of Estrela d'Alva Tours
Start your day visiting Évora, the Pearl of the Alentejo!
Known as the Museum City, Evora stands out for its rich historical heritage and university tradition. It stands beautiful and charming in the heart of the Alentejo region. Go back in time and visit the 1st century Roman Temple, the Evora Cathedral, the São Francisco Church that houses the chilling Chapel of Bones.
Find out what gave the city the UNESCO World Heritage status.
This site was the scene of numerous autos-da-fé (ritual of public penance), which took place during the period of the Inquisition. It has a rectangular shape. The houses that surround it are white and have medieval arches.
Roman Temple of Evora (Temple of Diana)
Go back in time and be amazed by the Roman Temple, popularly known as the Temple of Diana, which is one of the symbols of the Roman occupation in Portugal. It dates from the 1st century and is built at the dominant point of the Acropolis, in the city forum. It is one of the best preserved Roman temples in the Iberian Peninsula. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, it is certainly the oldest of all monuments in Evora.
Cathedral of Evora
The largest medieval cathedral in Portugal, its construction started in 1186, on the foundations of an Arab mosque, is an example of the transition from Romanesque to Gothic style. Declared a National Monument in 1910.
Chapel of Bones
Be impressed by one of the most sinister monuments in Portugal: The Chapel of Bones built in the 17th century. Upon entering, note the ominous warning, intended for visitors to meditate on the ephemeral of life: "We bones that here are, for yours await". Built by three naves, the chapel is covered with bones and skulls from 5000 skeletons from church and convent cemeteries throughout the city.
Village of Arraiolos
Enjoy free time for lunch and then head to Arraiolos. A sunny village that developed on the side of its castle.
Known for its embroidered carpets with centuries of history. The rugs are handmade by dedicated embroiderers in gestures that have been repeated for over 500 years and have passed down the tradition from generation to generation.
Its construction began in the year 1306 (14th century). From here, you can see the immensity and beauty of the surrounding landscape, allowing a distinct look over the historic centre of the village. It stands out for being one of the rare castles of circular plant in the world.
Surprise yourself with the nice village of Arraiolos, whose foundation dates back to the 2nd century BC, known worldwide for the handmade production of the famous Arraiolos Rugs.
Know the Interpretative Center of the Arraiolos Rugs, whose visit will provide knowledge of the origin, history, methods, and techniques of manufacture of the Arraiolos Rugs
Arraiolos Rugs Interpretation Centre
The Arraiolos Rugs Interpretation Centre seeks to make visitors aware of the origins and influences of the Arraiolos rug, its handcrafted production process, techniques and materials used, as well as to present the evolutionary profile of the Arraiolos Rug over the centuries.
Arraiolos Point - Genesis
With the expulsion of the Jews and Moors from Spain by the Catholic Kings, an exodus began. Many were those who settled in Portugal. At that time, King Manuel I was under pressure from the Catholic kings of Spain to expel the Jews and the Moors as well. Several people decided to settle in Arraiolos, due to the warm welcome, abundance of flocks, excellent wool, and diversity of plants essential to the dyeing of wool and the manufacture of the canvas. With the presence of Jews and Moors the Arraiolos rugs gain new expression and greater vitality.
Departure at 8:30 at Hotel/Accommodation in Lisbon
Visit the Roman Temple
Visit the Cathedral of Evora
Visit the Praça de Giraldo (Giraldo Square)
Visit the Church of the San Francisco
Visit the Chapel of Bones
Visit the charming Village of Arraiolos Visit the Arraiolos Rugs Interpretive Center Visite the Arraiolos Medieval Castle Return to Lisbon You will be able to choose a Drop-off location different from the pick-up one, provided it is in Lisbon.
Pick-up & Drop-off
At your Hotel/Accommodation in Lisbon Your guide/driver will have a company identification badge
What to bring Comfortable shoes Comfortable clothes Photo Camera
This tour is private and suits your dates and preferences. Our tours are designed especially for the traveler who wants to get away from the traditional tours and wants to experience new realities, original and unique experiences on every journey. Our Tours provide the traveler a visit made with time to enjoy the attractions in a quiet way.
Price: from >> 67.75€per Person
The price varies according to the number of people. For groups from 9 to 16, 30 or 55 people please contact us.
What is included
Private transportation Driver/Guide Personal accompaniment during the whole day Pickup and drop-off at hotel/Accommodation in Lisboa Air-conditioned vehicle WiFi on board Bottled water Liability insurance according to current law Personal Accident Insurance according to current law
This tour/activity is private. Only your group will participate.
What is not included
Lunch Entrance tickets to monuments Any additional expenses not covered and agreed in advance
Estrela d'Alva Tours is not responsible for excess or oversized baggage, because of a lack of notice, if it can not be transported in the reserved vehicle.
If it proves impossible in providing one or more services for reasons that are strange to Estrela d'Alva Tours, they will be replaced by equivalent services
Estrela d’Alva Tours operates a non-smoking policy in its transportation services.