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Elvas Full Day Tour

Located close to the border, Elvas fought to maintain the independence of Portugal and its history. By doing so, it became an example for all mankind.
Upon our arrival in the city, we are greeted by a magnificent Aqueduct extending a distance of 7 km and consisting of 843 arches, constructed by the same man who built the Tower of Belém, in Lisbon, architect Francisco de Arruda. It size and numbers are as impressive as what we will discover ahead of us. We have, in fact, just entered the largest bulwarked fortification in the world, with its defensive structures in the shape of a star that enclose a perimeter of nearly 10 km, which are a unique testimony to the development of military strategy up to the 19th century. The fortifications were very important in the battles with Spain for the independence of Portugal in the mid-17th century, and served as a base for General Wellington during the Napoleonic Wars in the early 19th century

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  • What's included :
    • Private transportation
    What's excluded :
    • Lunch
    • Entry/Admission - Castelo de Elvas
    • Entry/Admission - Forte de Nossa Senhora da Graca
    • Entry/Admission - Forte de Santa Luzia
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Assuncao, Praca da Republica, Elvas 7350-002 Portugal

    The Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Conceição was built over the “Porta da Esquina” in the the sixteenth century. However the temple suffered several modifications during the following century, visible through the interior walls covered with ceramic titles from the eighteenth century. The titles reveal different designs of Dutch influence from 1780.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Pelourinho de Elvas, Beco de Santa Clara, Elvas 7350-220 Portugal

    Elvas Pillory is one of the symbolic monuments of this lovely historical town in the vast Alentejo town.

    According to some researches, this Pillory was originally from the close by Ouguela department, with a markedly Manueline style.

    Its basis is settled in a five step pedestal with a polygonal shape. The column is decorated with semi-spheres, and even nowadays the subjection chains, possibly from the 16th century.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Castelo de Elvas, Parada do Castello 4 8, Elvas 7350-060 Portugal

    The Castle of Elvas (Castelo de Elvas) in Eastern Portugal has an interesting history. It was never a royal residence, but was a frontier garrison which witnessed battles and sieges over its long history. There was once a Roman garrison here and later the Muslim forces who occupied the region until the 12th century built a fortress on the site of the present day fortifications. They left in 1230 and from then onwards, this strategically important fortress, close to the Spanish border, was fought over heavily during the 12th and 13th centuries and subject to significant rebuilding and fighting in the 12th, 13th and 14th centuries.

    In 1658-1659, Elvas was besieged by the Spanish and the inhabitants also suffered an outbreak of the Black Death. Until the start of the 19th century the fortress was on the frontline during the wars between Spain and Portugal. In 1807 Napoleonic troops took the fortress, although a year later, a combined effort by Portuguese and English troops won Elvas back from the French. A few years later, in 1811, Wellington used the fortifications here as a base for his attack on the Spanish in Badajoz.

    The castle and star-shaped fortifications surrounding the town that we see today were mainly built during the 17th century War of Restoration (against Spain). These are one of the best-preserved fortifications in Europe and visitors exploring the towers, halls and breath-taking battlements, can easily imagine what life must have been like for inhabitants during the fortress's tumultuous past.

    The castle is at the highest point of the town and the battlements offer splendid views of the surrounding plains.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Elvas, Elvas, Portalegre District, Alentejo

    Dominicas Church 10 minutes

    Elvas Pillory - 5 minutes

    - 1st Islamic wall

    - Alcacova Church - Old mosque

    - English Cemitery ; 15 minutes

    - Sinagogue – 15 minutes

    - Free time in the village - 30 minutes

    Lunch will be here

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Forte de Nossa Senhora da Graca, Estrada Elvas, Elvas Portugal

    Lest anyone think that the Pentagon had a monopoly on geometry-themed military bases, Portugal’s Fort of Graça has a unique star shape that helped the base defend its country for over a hundred years.
    Built between 1763 and 1792, the fort features no less than three distinct layers of defense, each separated by walls and ditches. The striking earthwork outer wall is shaped like a huge star, to create overlapping fields of fire from the fortress’s cannon. Inside the outer wall is the thick, inner fortification, shaped like a square with huge, raised diamonds of land at each corner. Smaller buildings were constructed on top of the wide corner pieces. In the center of the fort is the main structure, known as the Governor’s House, which rises above the rest of the base. The walls and buildings are decorated with elaborate stonework designs giving the entire complex a feeling of officious luxury.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Forte de Santa Luzia, Apartado 206, Elvas 7350-000 Portugal

    The Santa Luzia Fort is located on the south side of the beautiful town of Elvas, and constitutes nowadays an important example of the 17th century Portuguese military architecture.

    Elvas, located next to the border with Spain, has been since early times an important strategically defensive point. This structure was built in 1641, right after the Restoration of the Portuguese Independence from the Spanish domain. Matias de Albuquerque signed the project that was later redesigned by Sebastião Frias on a star shape, and afterwards altered by Hieronimo Rozzeti.

    This Fort was part of an important defensive structure which includes the São Mamede, São Pedro, Piedade and São Francisco Forts, integrating the Elvas defensive lines.
    This defensive system was able to resist the violent attack and three months siege that the Spanish Army made in 1659.

    The Santa Luzia Fort presents a square plan with around 150 meters, and is constituted by several Vauban style bastions, ravelins, crowns and other military pieces. In the centre is the small fort where is located the Governor’s House.
    Nowadays this Fort also houses the interesting Santa Luzia Fort Military Museum.

    Duration: 1 hour

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Meeting point will be at the tourism office at Praca da Republica in Elvas
    Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Infant seats available
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Diversity Tours Portugal

Activity ID: V-9237P39

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