Elvas is an old fortified town just 12 kilometres from the Spanish border and 75 kilometres from Quinta do Pomarinho. The whimsical walling is star shaped and is one of the best preserved city walls in Europe. On the walls you will have a fantastic view of Elvas and the special walls. Inside the walls you will find a nice centre where the architecture and many street names remind you of 500 years of Moorish rule. Elvas is located in the green Alto Altentejo Portugal.
Places of Interest Elvas
Elvas is perfect for just taking a stroll due to its narrow streets, pretty squares, and winding alleys. The white houses are again very Moorish and you will see many patios and porches with artistic ironwork.
Most extraordinary about Elvas are the city walls and fortifications with pentagonal bastions and detached ravelins. The parts that have survived are from the 17th century. Also the Roman-Moorish castle from the 13th century is remarkable and dominates the streets of Elvas. The church Nossa Senhora da Assunção has a southern sgate in a Manuelistic style and azulejos from the 17th century. The small church Nossa Senhora dos Aflitos in Elvas also has beautifully painted tiles and an octagonal floor that dates from the time of the Templars.
Near Elvas is also an enormous aqueduct, the Aqueduto da Amoreira. It took 100 years to build until it was completed in 1622 and has four floors and a total length of 7 kilometres. The supporting pillars and 843 arches cross the valley and are an impressive site. The aqueduct of Elvas still provides the water for a fountain on the large square.
The surroundings of Elvas are well-suited for rural tourism, hunting tourism, and freshwater fishing. The many orchards around Elvas are beautiful to look at. The whole area offers a wealth of natural resources.
Late September there is a week-long celebration in Elvas in honor of São Mateus and Senhor da Piedada. During this festival, you will find processions, folklore, dancing, an annual fair, and bullfights in Elvas. During the holiday season it is always busy in Elvas and all accommodations are taken.
On Monday it is market day in Elvas. This makes Elvas chaotic in a fun way and you will see many people from around the city heading to the market.
Elvas is the centre of the fruit industry, some of the fruits being oranges, plums, and olives. Elvas is renowned for its candied plums. A special Elvas dish is bacalhau dourada, cod with fried egg, which is mixed with very thin fries. Also feijoada, meat with beans, is a local dish. In Elvas you will find several restaurants serving tasty local dishes and nice terraces where you can have a bit to eat or enjoy a drink.
Visiting Elvas from Pomarinho
Quinta do Pomarinho is 75 kilometres from Elvas and from the quinta you can easily visit the town. The route towards it leads through a typical Alentejo landscape: rolling hills, cork oaks, and olive groves. On our quinta you can stay in one of our holiday homes or on our small-scale camping Portugal.
As accommodation, you can choose for the Friends of Nature House where you will stay based on Bed and Breakfast Portugal. However, you can also choose to rent the entire group floor or first floor with your own family our group. On the vast terrain of 62 acres there is also an unique detached holiday cottage Portugal and a comfortable apartment Portugal built on the spot where the old stables of the farm used to be. You can choose from self-catering, a stay with breakfast included, or full care.