For many years, Évora was one of Portugal's best-kept secrets: a gorgeous medieval town, full of fascinating historical sights, Évora miraculously managed to stay off the mainstream tourism circuit. For better or worse, this has begun to change, as more and more eager visitors are making it an essential part of their Portuguese holiday itineraries, as the entire city has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Boasting a remarkably well-preserved Old Town centre, partially bordered by medieval walls, as well as the outstanding Roman Temple (built in the 1st century AD), the site is really something special to behold. For visitors, the town is small, compact, easy-to-navigate and best explored on foot. Visitors will feel immersed in history as they pass by the Aqueduct of Silver Water, the Cathedral of Évora, the Palace of Vasco da Gama and the Renaissance Fountain at Largo das Portas de Moura, built in 1556.

A short distance from the perennially-popular beach resort area of the Algarve, tourists to Portugal are strongly advised to make a stop in Évora to sample some of the unassuming city's rich cultural attractions.