Praca do Giraldo, Evora

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Largely responsible for Evora's designation as a World Heritage Site, the medieval Praca do Giraldo remains the city's social center. Once the setting for some of the region's most violent historical events, the spacious square witnessed thousands of gruesome executions during the Spanish Inquisition. Today, this lively public space attracts tourists with its alfresco cafes and restaurants, which serve regional specialties in a relaxed, urban atmosphere. Surrounding the elegant plaza you can see some of the country's finest examples of Gothic and Romanesque architecture, including a cathedral where explorer Vasco de Gama had the flags of his ships blessed before setting off on his famous trip to India. Praca do Giraldo is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Evora Edition.
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  • August 19, 2017
    Place of concentration of couples and families. Has lively nightlife with bars and restaurants around. Recommend to visit and enjoy the environment, whether in family with kids or just a couple.
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  • August 18, 2017
    The square comes alive at night, attending a concert, coffee tables that fill. Confused and festive. Mirth. #nadamas
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  • August 18, 2017
    Beautiful square and cared for that deserves our visit at any time. In March the weather ever allows good walks and enjoy the Sun on a terrace and enjoy this square with all your amazement.
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  • The main "meeting point" of the city. Gorgeous view, good selection of bars, tradicional shops and restaurants.
  • Very pretty and nice. Keep away from the sun in the summer time ;)
  • A characteristic architectural lovely town. Well worth a visit
  • Small but very pretty. A lot of university students were singing together
  • Nice square, perfect to have a coffee while observing the life of Evora running it's course

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Where to stay in Evora

Take advantage of Evora's array of ancient and historical sites by staying in one of the many mid-range hotels located within its medieval core. Thanks to a mix of Roman, Moorish, and later European buildings, the entire center is listed as a World Heritage Site, so this area provides a great base for sightseeing by foot. To save a little on accommodations, you can also check into one of the hostels in town, most of which are located in the city center or on its winding residential streets that branch off from the main squares. These usually have shared, dorm-style rooms, but can get you right in the midst of the action at a very low cost.
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