Portugal: Beja, Portel & Evora

[Farm country]
From Lagos we drove north via Beja and Evora after some reading online. We spent maybe an hour or two tops in each town on our way up to Lisbon. The road north was the same as the way south, but we went off at Beja to swing over to Evora. Central Portugal is mainly farmland, and vineyards, cattle, and fig trees made up the majority of the agriculture.

[See the groups of retirees in Beja]

We stopped in Beja for our daily pastry and coffee and walked around the town to get some pictures and stretch the legs. The streets were cool, and there were of groups of old men standing in circles having discussions with wild hand gestures. In Beja, old Portuguese culture was still hanging around, because it was obvious that the men and the women did separate things during the day.

The next city was an impromptu detour because we saw the castle sitting at the top of the hill. This town was called Portel. We drove up the narrow streets to the castle and took some pictures before continuing on to Evora.

I read the Evora had something that was a UNESCO World Heritage Site...turns out the whole city belongs to UNESCO. There was much to see, but we only did the highlights: the Evora cathedral, the chapel of bones, and the Roman temple. The cathedral had great gothic style (Mom, you would have liked it) and two big pipe organs. The chapel of bones was worth the 3 euros.
[The Roman temple]
[Inside the Cathedral of Evora]

[The Chapel of Bones - AHH!!]

Most things in Portugal were relatively cheap, as mentioned on a website that said that it was the cheapest country in western Europe. Pastries and coffee each cost roughly 1 euro, the museums and cathedral admittance were usually around 3 euros.

Next up...LISBON!

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