Trade in Elvas supplied in previous years a significant amount of coffee, woolens, linens and china from Macao to Spanish tourists. Succulent menus offered at affordable prices. Today, Elvas has no major movement of the past but remains in good condition and its historic center, especially, its medieval castle. The aqueduct is still an impressive image on the outskirts of town.
Upon entering the town of Elvas, you can not stop looking atop a walled castle. Now it's open to the public free of charge, with tour service, and is in very good condition. It has some spectacular scenic views of Elvas, and you can see the aqueduct. A nice stop, with a bit of history.
The workshop of Joana Leal is a microcosm of lace, embroidery and poetry, in one of the shopping streets in Elvas, a border town, just 15 km from Badajoz. Joana Leal has been working with fabrics and needle to keep alive the traditions of embroidery. Its creation is pure art, an art that crosses borders and which has won several international awards. During the visit to the workshop I learned a lot, but highlight two concepts: object poetry, ie Embroidered literature in everyday objects (aprons, tea towels ...) and 'trapología', the technique of recreating products. Inside an old building belonging to the clergy, the store is authentic and parts of the workshop are an old chapel. All rooms are filled with creations of Joana, placed close together. Visiting this site can be combined with a chat with Joana who is always willing to talk about her passion, embroidery, literature or border relations between Spain and Portugal. The danger of plunging into these microworlds is the time it takes to get out of them.
It is outside the village and closer than the other fort in Elvas, you can drive up to the entrance. Also it's better preserved than the Graça Fort, and we expected to see inside but it was closed. So I did took a walk around the spectacular walls.
The colossal Amoreira Aqueduct is located in the town of Elvas, not far from the citadel, and was one of the most interesting places in our journey through Alentejo and the Algarve. The aqueduct is a fascinating structure with overlapping arches. It was built in the late fifteenth century, and is one of the best-preserved attractions in the area.
Although it's in ruins, it's somewhere that I recommend if you visit Elvas. Situated on a hill, a little way out of town, with spectacular views across the valley. Admission is free and you can get there by car.
Also known as Dr. Santa Clara arch (who built it in the nineteenth century), making the most of the remains of the Arab wall for the construction of this arch (on the side you can see the original Muslim door) Opposite the arch, in a square, is the Pelourinho, a Manueline style pillory.
This is one of the most important churches in the area, constructed in 1517, on the site of an old gothic church. The site has been modified several times over the years, most notably in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Statues, marble structures, and golden details were added. It was the headquarters of the diocese for a time, and came to be known as the Cathedral of Elvas. Although the diocese hasn't existed for over a century, it is still known by this name.
I can not say which of the Elvas doors is most spectacular (all have their charm). In my case it came from Évora, so the first thing I saw in the city was its aqueduct, next to where we left the car. From there, you're just a few minutes from this door, by a steep street. This gate is also known as the Conception, because of the chapel it's situated at.
Elvas is a Portuguese city that's 195 km from Lisbon, and just 22 km from Badajoz. It's famous for being home to the largest collection of bastion fortifications in the world, which were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2012. The entire historic city center was also included in this declaration. The historic center is one of the most representative places to visit in Elvas, and walking through the streets you'll discover how the city's tradition has been preserved as has almost all the other major attractions in Elvas. These include the medieval walls, the cathedral, the castle, its fortifications and other buildings and things to see in Elvas. Besides the many monuments, there are a hundred and one things to do in Elvas, for example, visit Da Amoreira Aqueduct, the Capela Nossa Senhora da Conceição, the Pelourinho de Elvas and the Igreja e Santuario do Senhor Jesus da Piedade, among other Elvas activities. The city also has a military museum. By just walking through the city you'll find lots of different stuff to do in Elvas, places to visit and places where you can taste the local gastronomy. And if you happen to be traveling during Carnival, you can attend one of the most important celebrations in Portugal. It's celebrated with four shows and a gala at the Coliseum. It's called the International Carnival of Elvas, the only international festival in Portugal. For more on what to do in Elvas, visit Minube to discover the best Elvas attractions that you won't want to miss!