Evora Food Guide: 11 Alentejo Foods and The Best Restaurants To Eat Them

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Evora food is a must for food lovers exploring Portuguese cuisine.

One of the most beautifully preserved medieval towns in Portugal, Evora is the capital of the Alentejo region. Alentejo cuisine is one of the richest and most original in Portugal. 

This unique cuisine has developed from the creativity of the poor rural farmers and natural ingredients from the land. 

Nothing goes to waste in Alentejo cuisine. Entire animals are cooked and used fully – from the pig’s nose to its tail. You’ll find pig ears, cheeks or chicken brains on Évora restaurant menus.

Known as the breadbasket of Portugal, you’ll find delicious wines, olive oil, cheese, Alentejo bread and the famous black pork. 

Alentejo is considered to be Portugal’s most authentic and picturesque region with fascinating historical monuments.

Here are the top 11 regional foods in Evora and some of the best restaurants in Evora to find them.

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1. Porco Preto – World Famous Black Pork

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Grilled Alentejo black pork at 5 amêndoas Restaurante

The Alentejo pig breed known as porco preto or black pig is one of the most renowned ingredients in Alentejo cuisine. 

What makes the flavors so exceptional is the fact that the pigs are allowed to roam freely in the countryside eating acorns of the cork and holm oak trees.

These pigs are most commonly known as Iberico pigs (the Spanish name for them). Their ham, Jamon Iberico de Bellota, is one of the most expensive cured ham in the world. 

What most people don’t know is that not all of this pork is from Spain. Many of the pigs are actually raised in the Alentejo region of Portugal. 

Black pork, also known as raca Alentejana, is a specialty found only in the Alentejo region. This ham is protected under the designation Protected Designation of Origin (DOP).

Porco preto is a favorite food and many restaurants in Evora have black pork on their menu. 

You’ll find it in tasty dishes like plumas or secretos, which is pork shoulder. You can also find it in traditional sausages like paiola or at restaurants as slices of presunto or ham.

In Evora, you can easily buy this tasty ham at butcher stores, and you can also have it delivered to your home via Amazon.

The meat has a flavor second to none and the texture is unbelievable. The black pork just melts in your mouth. It is truly amazing!

Best Restaurant in Evora to Eat Porco Preto: A Favorite Alentejo Food

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Try delicious black Portuguese pork

The 5amêndoas Restaurante, an award-winning restaurant at the Vitória Stone Hotel, is known for their exceptional black Portuguese pork. 

They serves exceptional Alentejo food with ingredients sourced from small, regional producers.

5amêndoas Restaurante

Address: R. Diana de Liz 5, Evora, Portugal

Hours: Open every day 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM and 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Price: Main dishes start at €15 (approx. $15.30)

Botequim da Mouraria is a small restaurant with very few seating. One we wish we could go back to when we’re back in Evora. Don’t miss this hidden gem!

Botequim da Mouraria

Address: R. da Mouraria 16A, Evora, Portugal

Hours:  Open Mon-Fri 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Price: Main dishes start at €14.50 (approx. $14.80)

AUTHENTIC FOOD QUEST TIP: If you are looking for a place to stay in Evora, we highly recommend the Vitoria Stone Hotel where we stayed. Located just 200 meters from the outer walls of Évora, it is the perfect location to explore the city and the region. You can read our full review here: The Best Evora Hotel to Immerse Yourself in the Alentejo Cuisine

2. The Alentejo Bread – A Staple of Evora Food

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Freshly baked Alentejo bread – photo credit: @paodaterra.oficial

The Alentejo bread or Pão Alentejano is the base of many regional foods. With its distinct shape, a round base with a head, you cannot miss this rustic bread on bakery shelves.

Made with wheat flour and traditional yeast, it must be cooked in a wood burning oven to be authentic. It has a unique, very slight acid flavor. 

The inside is dense while the crust is thick and crispy. It can weigh anywhere from 2.0 to 3.5 pounds. 

Traditionally, this freshly baked bread was bought to last a whole week. 

Used either mashed or sliced, it is found in almost all the regional soups such as açordas or migas

You can also have it served with Evora cheese, Alentejo olive oil, and black ham, making for a wonderful appetizer or meal.

Best Bakery to Get Alentejo Bread

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Ze de Bacalhau stand in Evora has more than bread on offer

To buy Alentejo bread, head out to the market or local bakery. 

Padaria Amarelo

Address: R. de Aviz 150, Evora, Portugal

Hours: Open Mon-Fri 7:00 am- 7:30 pm, Sat 7:00 am- 1:00 pm, Sun 7:30 am–12:30 pm

Price: Prices start at around €1.00 (approx. $1.00)

Ze de Bacalhau

Address: Praça 1º de Maio 29, Evora, Portugal

Hours: Open Mon-Fri 7:00 am–6:00 pm, Sat 7:00 am- 3:00 pm, Sunday 8:00 am–1:00pm

Price: Prices start at around €1.30 (approx. $1.30)

3. Açorda – The Most Surprising Alentejo Food in Evora

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Delicious Sopa de Acorda

One of the most recognizable Alentejo foods are the açordas or sopas de pão which translates to bread stew or bread soup.  

With an Arab heritage, açordas are usually made with coriander or pennyroyal (an herb in the mint family), old bread, olive oil, garlic, salt and water. This is the basis for all açordas

Depending on the season or wealth, different ingredients can be added to the stew.

One popular style, Açorda á Alentejana is prepared as a soup with large pieces of bread mixed with garlic, cilantro and a poached egg in broth. 

In the Summer, açorda goes well with grilled or fried sardines, ripe figs, white grapes, or celery cut into thick sticks. 

AUTHENTIC FOOD QUEST RECIPE: Acorda Recipe: How To Make Alentejana Portuguese Bread Soup

Best Restaurant To Eat Acorda in Evora

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Taste traditional Açorda Alentejana at 1/4 pras 9 restaurant – Photo credit: 1/4 pras on Facebook

Here are a couple traditional restaurants in Evora that serves this surprising Alentejo food.

O Combinado

Address: A, R. de Machede 95 A, Evora, Portugal

Hours: Open Wed-Sun 12:00 pm – 3:15 pm and 7:00 pm – 10:15 pm, Mon 12:00 pm – 3:15 pm. Closed on Tuesdays.

Price: Fish dishes start at €11,50 (approx. $11.70), meat dishes at €8 (approx. $8.20) and vegeterian dishes at €13.50 (approx. $13.80)

1/4 pras 9

Address: R. de Pedro Simões 9, Evora, Portugal

Hours: Open Fri – Mon 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm, Tue 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm. Closed on Wednesdays.

Price: House specialties start at €19 (approx. $19.40)

4. Migas – Bread-based Traditional Dishes

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Succulent Portuguese black pork served with delightful migas

Another one of the traditional dishes made from bread and exclusively from Alentejo is Migas. These are breadcrumbs that are fried in butter and typically served with pork ribs, cod or choriço. 

There is also a sweet dessert version of Migas called Migas Doces, made with cinnamon, egg yolks, and sugar.

Best Restaurant To Eat Migas in Evora

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Taberna Típica Quarta-feira offers amazing traditional food – Photo credit: Taberna Tipica on Facebook

This traditional dish from Evora is served in a few restaurants. Here are some solid options to taste it.

Vinho e Noz

Address: R. Ramalho Ortigão 12, Evora, Portugal

Hours: Open Tue-Sat 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Mon 7:00 pm – 12:00 am. Closed on Sundays.

Price: Main meat dishes start at €12.50 (approx. $12.80)

São Domingos

Address: Tv. da Mangalaça 8, Evora, Portugal

Hours: Open Fri-Tue 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm, Wed 2:30 pm – 3;00 pm. Closed on Thursdays.

Price: Main dishes start at around €10 (approx. $10.20)

Taberna Típica Quarta-feira

Address: R. do Inverno 16, Evora, Portugal

Hours: Open Tue – Sat 12:30 pm –2:30 pm and 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Price: Main dishes start at around €15 (approx. $15.30)

5.  Sopa De Cacao – Exceptional Dogfish Soup A Signature Alentejo Food

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Signature Dogfish soup at Cafe Alentejo in Evora

Alentejo is the largest region of Portugal covering one third of the country. It borders Spain and goes all the way to the sea. 

In the past, Evora had limited access to fresh fish as it took days for the fish to get to people’s homes.

With its thick skin, the cação or dogfish was the only fish that stayed fresh after a couple days of transportation. 

Sopa de cacao, or dogfish soup, is a very popular Alentejo food. This fish soup is made with flour, bread and “spiced” with coriander, a common herb in Portuguese cooking.

Best Restaurants in Evora To Eat Sopa de Cacao

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Entrance of Cafe Alentejo in Evora

The fish soup is very hearty and filling which can be eaten as a main dish by itself. You can taste an excellent Sopa de cação at Café Alentejo and O Templo.

Café Alentejo

Address:  R. do Raimundo 5, Evora, Portugal

Hours: Open every day 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Price: Main dishes start at around €12 (approx. $12.30)

O Templo

Address: R. do Escrivão da Câmara 2B, Evora, Portugal

Hours: Open every day except Sunday 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Price: Main dishes start at around €9.90 (approx. $10.10)

RELATED:  Cafe Alentejo: Spotlight on the Best Authentic Evora Restaurant 

6. Bifana Sandwich – Classic Portuguese Sandwich

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With each bite, the bifana became one of our favorite sandwiches

While in Evora, locals on several occasions pointed us to Bifanas de Vendas Novas restaurant to try the famous bifana sandwich.

Bifana is a traditional Portuguese sandwich with thinly sliced pork marinated in white wine and spices. You can get just the basics – bread and pork – or add various toppings.

We tried the bifana with pork, bacon and egg, as well as with “everything” – pork, cheese, egg, lettuce, tomato and bacon. Both were delicious and perfectly seasoned. 

With lightly toasted bread and juicy, succulent pork, the bifana quickly become our favorite sandwich, and would be your’s too.

Best Restaurant in Evora for Bifana Sandwich

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Both locals and visitors enjoy eating at this restaurant

This food joint is popular with students, locals and tourists alike. Portions are generous so pace yourself.

Bifanas de Vendas Novas

Address: Rua Romao Ramalho 11, Evora, Portugal

Hours: Open every day 8:30 am – 11:00 pm

Price: Bifanas cost €2.50 (approx. $2.60) on average

AUTHENTIC FOOD QUEST RECIPE: The bifana sandwich is universally loved in Portugal and also easy to make at home. See our Bifana Recipe – How To Make The Best Portuguese Sandwich at Home

7. Local Vegetables with Aromatic Herbs

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Wild asparagus cooked with coriander and doused in Alentejo olive oil

The essence of Alentejo cuisine is very much in harmony with the cycles of nature. 

The cuisine is rural and simple and transformed with herbs like coriander, pennyroyal, mint, thyme, bay leaves, and oregano.

In the Spring, wild herbs like thistle, sorrell and wild asparagus make for delicious seasonal dishes. 

The Summer brings an abundance of tomatoes, peppers, and beans, as well as a variety of fresh fruits. 

In the fall and Winter seasons, the food turns to meat, with hunting in the fall and pig in the winter months.

Herbs are not only used in food, but are also used to infuse liquors and cheese.

Visiting Alentejo is a culinary journey into the seasonal and local produce. 

Expect an explosion of flavors and gain an appreciation for new tastes. And above all, delight in what’s in season.

Best Restaurants in Evora to Eat Local Vegetables

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Ideal dining option for vegetarians and vegans – Photo credit: Momentos Evora on Facebook

These two Portuguese restaurants are excellent venues to try Alentejo food specialties. Momentos prides itself on serving local fresh vegetables, the perfect place for vegetarians and vegans. While Fialho is a wonderful gastronomic option in Evora.

Momentos Évora

Address: R. Cinco de Outubro 61, Evora, Portugal

Hours: Open Mon, Wed, Thurs 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm, Sat-Sun 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm and 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Price: Main dishes start at €16.50 (approx. $16.90)

Restaurante Fialho

Address: Tv. das Mascarenhas 16, Evora, Portugal

Hours: Open Tue – Sun 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Price: Main dishes start at €14 (approx. $14.30)

8. Taste Delicious Artisanal Evora Cheese

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Evora cheese, bread, and olive oil are frequently offered as an appetizer

The Queijo de Ovelha, or sheep milk cheese, is a common sight at the local farmers market in Evora. 

The shape is traditional, small and round with a golden crust. Like the olive oil, the cheese is also protected under the designation Protected Designation of Origin (DOP).

The production of the cheese typically starts in November and runs until April, when the milk production is at its highest.

Unpasteurized, the cheese can be eaten fresh or aged. When eaten fresh, it has a light salty taste with a slight crumbled texture on the inside. 

Older cheeses, typically aged for six to nine months, are dense and dry and the taste is surprisingly softer. 

Thistle flower is used to coagulate the milk imparting a fresh herbal character to the cheese.

As the cheese ages, the flavors become more strong and distinct.

Evora cheese is often served before the meal with olive oil and bread as part of the couvert

When paired with the Alentejo wines, you delight in Evora food.

Best Place to Sample and Shop for Evora Cheese

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Evora Cheese Queijo de Ovelha (Sheep milk) at the local market

The local market offers the best opportunity to sample local cheeses.

Evora Market

Address: Praça 1º de Maio 28, Evora, Portugal

Hours: Open Tue – Sun 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Price: Price of cheese starts at €1.50 (approx. $1.50)

Ze de Bacalhau

Address: Praça 1º de Maio 29, Evora, Portugal

Hours: Open Mon-Fri 7:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sat 7:00 am – 3:00 pm, Sunday 8:00 am – 1:00pm

Price: Prices start at around €1.30 (approx. $1.30)

RELATED: 12 Surprising Facts About Portugal Food You Want To Know

9. Award Winning Portuguese Olive Oils

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Olive oil is a common ingredient in Portuguese dishes

Alentejo is the most important growing region for olive oil in Portugal, with almost two thirds of Portuguese olive oil produced there. 

The olive oil from Alentejo is protected under the designation Protected Designation of Origin (DOP).

There are several varieties of olive oil and the flavors vary from the north of Alentejo to the interior of the region. 

The main olive varieties are Galega, Cobrançosa, Cordovil, Verdeal and Madural.

There is never a meal in Portugal without olive oil. Many meals are cooked in a generous amount of olive oil. 

It is a vital ingredient in Alentejo food and found on every dinner table.

Best Restaurant for Olive Oil Pairing With Local Cheese, Bread and Wine

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Don’t skip a visit to Cartuxa wine bar

Cartuxa is one of the oldest and best wineries in town. They also have a wonderful wine bar to sample local wines paired with cheese and other small bites.

Enoteca Cartuxa

Address: R. de Vasco da Gama nº15, Evora, Portugal

Hours: Open every day 12:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Price: Prices of dishes start at around €5 (approx. $5.10), small bites at €1.60 (approx. $1.60)

AUTHENTIC FOOD QUEST TIP: From Lisbon take a private tour day tour Evora for an immersive olive oil, wine and cultural tour. Visit the medieval center of Evora and then head to a rural wine and olive oil estate for tastings. Traditional  Alentejo food for lunch  will accompany your wine tastings. And, you’ll see and feast on the best from Evora. 

10. Sample Smooth Alentejo Wines from Indigenous Grapes

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Wines from Alentejo

In 2014, USA Today, selected Portugal’s Alentejo region as the #1 Best Wine Region to Visit in the world. 

The wineries, known locally as Herdades, are part of the cultural experience and a must visit in Alentejo. 

By following the Rota dos Vinhos do Alentejo you can visit over 60 wineries and tour the vineyards, taste wonderful wine, and indulge in the local cuisine. 

There are numerous vineyards in Alentejo and their long history goes back to the Middle Ages. 

The Romans are said to have influenced and developed viticulture and winemaking in the region.

Portugal has the second largest number of indigenous grape varieties not found in other parts of  the world. 

A large number of these varieties are found in Alentejo and they impart a strong, regional and distinctive character to the wines.

Best Places to Sample Alentejo Wine in Evora

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Rosemary and Claire tasting Alentejo wines at Ervideira

You can enjoy Evora wine tasting at several places. Start at the Wines of Alentejo Tasting Room, where you can taste free samples of the local wines as well as pick up a map of Alentejo’s wine route.

At Adega Ervideira, an exclusive, family-owned winery, you will be warmly welcomed and served generous tastings of their delicious Ervideira wines. 

Cartuxa, one of the oldest wineries in Alentejo produces some of the best wines from the region. 

Enoteca Cartuxa, their cellar shop in the city, also has a restaurant section. You can either sample wines at the bar or enjoy a meal accompanied with a selection of Cartuxa Evora wines.

AUTHENTIC FOOD QUEST TIP: Enjoy an private and exclusive wine tasting at Cartuxa cellars. Visit the winery, learn about wine making and sip on a variety of wines from indigeneous grapes. This Evora Cartuxa private tasting departs from Lisbon and the full day is spent in the Alentejo region. It includes a visit to the historic center of Evora before heading to the cellar for some wonderful wine.

11. Queijada de Evora and other Delightful Portuguese Desserts

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Sinfully delicious Queijada de Evora

The variety of sweets, desserts and cakes in Alentejo is immense. Some of popular regional treats not to miss are the Bolo Real and Queijinho do Céu. 

The first bolo is a delicious royal cake and the queijinho are little cakes with an almond, marzipan, and egg cream filling.

Our absolute favorite is the Queijada de Evora, similar to the delectable pastry we discovered while eating our way through Sintra.

One of the most unusual Portuguese desserts we tried is the Pastel de Toucinho, which translates to bacon pastry or pork pastry. 

This dessert comes from the use of the entire animal, a practice that defines Alentejo food. 

Loaded with sugar for a smooth, creamy texture, the slight pork taste is felt only at the very end.

Best Places to Eat Sweets and Pastries in Evora

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This is a must-visit location for those who enjoy sweets – Photo credit: Fabrica dos Pasteis on Facebook

Find many of these local sweets and other delicacies at the Evora pastry shops below.

Fabrica dos Pasteis

Address: Alcarcova de Cima 10, Evora, Portugal

Hours: Open Wed – Sun 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Price: Prices start at €1 (approx. $1)

Pastelaria Conventual Pão de Rala

Address: Rua de Cicioso no. 47, Evora, Portugal

Hours: Open every day 7:30 am – 8:00 pm

Price: Prices start at around €1 (approx. $1)

RELATED: 12 of the Most Authentic Portuguese Desserts and Where to Enjoy Them

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Don’t Miss Out On The Top Things to Do In Evora A Surprising Medieval City

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Evora is full of historical landmarks

Evora, a historic city in the heart of Alentejo is among one of Portugal’s UNESCO world heritage sites.

Visitors are drawn to Évora for its Roman ruins, Moorish forts, and cultural monuments enclosed within the 14th century medieval walls.

With gourmet and traditional restaurants, pastry and wine shops, and a local farmers market, you will have many options to taste Alentejo food in Evora. 

Take a break at Giraldo Square, popular for where all the streets converge. Soak in the sun and adopt the relaxed Alentejo pace.

Visit Capela dos Ossos, or Chapel of Bones

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Human skulls as decorations on the chapel’s ceiling

Across from the local farmers market, don’t miss the unusual Capela dos Ossos, or Chapel of Bones, at the Church of San Francisco. 

This striking chapel is made entirely of human bones and skulls. It was used by the monks as a meditative place to reflect about life.

Royal Palace of Évora

Not far is the pleasant Jardim Publico where you can visit the Royal Palace of Évora.

Templo de Diana

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Templo de Diana dates back to the Roman period

Further in town and next to Enoteca Cartuxa wines, you will see the vestiges of the impressive Roman Temples also called Templo de Diana

Santa Maria Cathedral

Continue down the street to visit Santa Maria Cathedral, the largest Cathedral in Portugal.

As you walk through downtown Evora to your next wine tasting, you will notice the reminiscence of the Moorish invasion at the Palace of the Condes de Basto. 

AUTHENTIC FOOD QUEST TIP: From Lisbon, you can take a day trip to Evora and explore the UNESCO Heritage City as well as Alentejo food and wines. With the local knowledge of a local guide, learn the history of this charming city and discover Alentejo wines in an Evora wine tasting.

How to Get From Lisbon to Evora

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This city is a perfect base to explore the Evora and the Alentejo region

There are four main ways to get from Lisbon to Evora. They are all convenient and it really depends on how much time you plan to spend in Evora. 

If your dates are not fixed, we recommend spending at least one or two nights as there is plenty to explore in the region.

From Lisbon to Evora on a Tour

One of the best things to do in Evora is take a guided tour. You can join a small group tour that starts with a pick up from your hotel in Lisbon. With a local guide, you will visit the most important sites in Evora. After a Portuguese lunch, and we recommend taking the lunch option, you a winery for an Alentejo wine tasting. As you leave Evora for Lisbon, you’ll stop briefly in the town of Arraiolos.

From Lisbon to Evora by Car

Driving time from Lisbon to Evora will take about one hour and 15 minutes. The distance is about 135 kilometres, or 85 miles. When you rent a car in Portugal, be aware that the majority of rental cars are manual transmission. If you want a car with automatic transmission, reserve one in advance. 

Bridges and highways charge tolls. At the car rental station, get a transponder and pre-pay €10 euros for toll charges. When you get to Evora, park your car outside the city walls (or at the hotel parking) and explore Evora on foot. 

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From Lisbon to Evora by Train

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The train station in Evora

From Lisbon’s Oriente station, you can take the train which also takes about 1.5 hours. This is the option we took and we enjoyed having the space and the ease of train travel. We recommend booking your tickets in advance on Omio platform or directly at a train station. One way ticket prices range €12.40 to €16.50 depending on whether you book 1st or 2nd class tickets. 

In Evora, the train will drop you at a station that is within walking distance to the medieval city.

From Lisbon to Evora by Bus

From Lisbon, you can take the bus from either Lisbon’s Sete Rios bus station or Lisbon Oriente bus station. Buses depart frequently and their trip takes about 1.5 hours. The one-way cost is  €11.90 per person. The drop off in Evora is also walking distance to the city. Check Omio platform for more information on availability and cost.

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In Summary

In Portugal, Evora may not be as famous as Lisbon or Porto. However, it is a destination that should be on every food lover’s list. 

Alentejo food offers a truly authentic experience where the local products are enhanced by the taste and flavors of spices and herbs.

The dishes reflect the creativity of the people as well as the cultural and regional bounds. Evora food is good and can be described as honest food. 

With these top 10 reasons to visit Evora, we hope we have opened your appetite to taste Alentejo and the food in Evora for yourself.

Have you been to Alentejo, Portugal? What Evora food surprised you the most? Please let us know in the comments below.

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41 Comments on “Evora Food Guide: 11 Alentejo Foods and The Best Restaurants To Eat Them”

  1. Wow, Alentejo food looks really yummy! And the Chapel of Bones in Evora reminds me of the Fontanelle Cemetery in Naples, what a place!

  2. When I first started traveling, I wouldn’t budget much towards food. I didn’t really see it as a cultural experience until a few years later. Now, I love learning about a destination and culture through their cuisine. As you mention in your post, a lot of food shines a light on how the locals live and what’s accustom for them. For instance, learning about pork and how they raise black pigs is fascinating. I would be really excited to try all the goat cheese and bread (admittedly, two of my favorite food groups) as well as the aromatic herbs. I’d even love to get cooking classes from a local while I was there!

    • Traveling through food is indeed a different way of experiencing the local destination. So glad you enjoyed reading about the black pigs. Eating the porco preto was incredible and experience not to be missed. In Evora, you will not go wrong with the cheese and bread. The only question that remains is “when will you get there?”.
      Thanks for your feedback, Martha.

  3. Oh, you had me at Alentejano bread, but then you started talking about the olive oil and the cheese and the herbs…yummm…great descriptions of everything. I think I would absolutely love to visit this place.

  4. Wow! Evora is certainly a heaven for foodies. I love the desserts part the most, too bad my keto diet doesn’t allow me to have those now…

    Also, the Chapel of Bones looks so interesting! How was your experience going in there?

    • Not to worry Sarah, there are many other local flavors you can savor without going against your keto diet 🙂 It felt sort of creepy going into the Chapel of Bones, knowing one day, we will be reduced to just bones. However, it was also uplifting at the same time, with the simple message of enjoying each day because you never know how many you have left.

  5. You’re speaking to my glutinous foodie heart right now! I actually hadn’t heard of Evora nor Alentejo food before, so thanks for enlightening me. Plus, this list has some of the best combinations–wine, cheese, and desert! I really have my heart set on that Queijada de Evora. It looks heavenly!

    • Wonderful to hear Natasha and thrilled to have introduced you to the delightful flavors of Evora. On your next trip to Portugal, be sure to spend several days in Evora and enjoy all the local delicacies. Thanks for your feedback.

  6. I love traveling to a beautiful cities when I can combine it with amazing food. Evore looks exactly like a destination I must to put on my bucket list, thank you for bringing up to me!

  7. OK so now I need to try that black pork! It’s always interesting to learn about the way different countries utelise different parts of animals in their cooking as well. And I’m totally on board try some Evora wine!

  8. Wow what an interesting foodie destination! Can’t believe they use just about every part of the animal – that put me off a bit haha. But it sounds like there some other great choices here

  9. Oh my! This is making me want to visit Evora so bad. I love pork and especially like black pork from Japan, so I’d love to try the black port in Evora. And the wine tasting is something I would love to do. One of my favorite wines is from Portugal!

    • It sounds like Candy that Evora is the place for you. I’m curious about black pork from Japan. I’d love to try it too. Do you know if the pigs in Japan are fed acorns like they are in Portugal? Appreciate you stopping by.

  10. I didn’t know Evora is such a great destination for food lovers. However, I’m not sure how I feel about pigs’ ears, cheeks or chicken brains on my plate. It reminded me of South African “walkie talkies”, which are chicken heads and feet. The raca Alentejana sounds more palatable, especially when washed down with an Ervideira wine.

    • Oh don’t worry about the pig ears, cheeks, etc. There is so much other goodness. If you stay with the black pork, you will be delighted. Definitively worth visiting for the food and the amazing wines. Cheers!

  11. We will be in Portugal in November this year. I love these foods you describe, especially the black pork and Jamon Iberico. The Pork toucinho may be the forerunner of pork tocino we have in the Philippines!

    • You must add Evora to your travel plans, Carol. Your stomach will thank you 🙂 For the black pork, there is no better place to go than the Alentejo region. How fascinating that there is pork tocino in the Philippines as well. Is it also a dessert? By the way, November is a great time to be in Portugal. We’ll be a lot more content about Portugal, so keep coming back 🙂 Cheers.

  12. Thanks for this guide to Alentejo cuisine in Évora – I would personally probably travel for the UNESCO sites and medieval architecture, and food would be a bonus. Capela dos Ossos looks interesting!!! Reminds me of Kutna Hora in the Czech Republic which is exactly the same concept. Chilling, but fascinating at the same time! I’ve never tried dogfish soup, so that will definitely be a first!

    • I would definitively recommend visiting Evora for the sites. It does contain the country’s richest medieval architecture still standing. It would be a truly fascinating experience. You can’t miss the food and wines though. The dogfish soup is a great place to start 🙂 Cheers.

  13. We do love Portugal but have never visited Évora. We have found the food in Portugal to be generally very good but some of these dishes sound exceptional and of course, we are always partial to a glass or two of some good wine.

  14. I think food from Portugal is highly underrated! I’ve never eaten anything that I didn’t love. Alentejo cuisine looks awesome, though the migas aren’t what they are in Mexico and Texas. I’m glad I read this before trying the Portuguese version. I’d be in for a surprise!

    • Oh, that’s interesting. Had no idea that Migas were popular in Mexico as well. They indeed must be different. Totally agree, Portuguese food is underrated and it’s too bad because the food and wines are delicious!!

  15. I been to Portugal a few times, love the food there but never heard of Evora before but I sure want to visit the place now for food. You sold me!

  16. Oh how lovely! That Giraldo Square immediately reminded me of Lisbon. Don’t you just love the Portuguese architecture!
    And how about the food! I mean, just by looking at that bread photo, it’s like I can smell the fresh baked pastry. Would also love to have few of those Queijada de Évora, if possible. Now, please! 😀 😛

    • You are right, the Portuguese architecture is so distinctive and beautiful. The tiles are magnificent indeed. Sounds like you already know how good the food in Portugal is. Next time, don’t miss checking out Evora. Cheers!

  17. I’ll be honest, I haven’t actually heard of Evora, however now I’m really intrigued! The Queijada de Evora looks scrumpious, the whole area looks like a foodie heaven!

  18. While I’m quite familiar with the foods mentioned above, I’m most surprised by the black pork. As I can see in the picture, they just look like normal pork meat but I bet yes the taste is extra special and delicious that indeed melts in the mouth! Love wineries, too! I’d love to visit here and take one home. When you’re being welcome to taste their wines, you couldn’t ask for more! I prefer red wine tho over white! How about you? And yes save the best for last! I shouldn’t miss the sweets, Queijada de Évora!

    • Love it that you are familiar with Evora and all the delightful treats. We both prefer red wines as well and the ones from the Alentejo region are quite smooth and inexpensive. Great food all around and yes, the Queijada de Évora is quite a treat!! Cheers.

  19. Uh wow, this is the perfect post for me to find today since I am travelling to Lissabon in two weeks time and was planning to go to Évora as well. I knew about the pork and the wine, since I tried them at my last visit to this region, but I am amazed by the grad variety of things I yet have to experience. Thank you for sharing!


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