Praça do Giraldo
Square in Évora
Throughout Portuguese history, the city’s main square has witnessed significant events such as the execution of Fernando, Duke of Bragança in 1483, the public burning of victims of the Inquisition in the 16th century, and heated debates on agrarian reform in the 1970s. Despite its tumultuous past, the square remains the heart of the city, now primarily used for more relaxed activities like sunbathing and enjoying a cup of coffee.
Once home to Évora’s judiaria (Jewish quarter), the narrow lanes to the southwest now offer a glimpse into the city’s rich history. To the northeast, Rua 5 de Outubro leads to the sé (cathedral) and is flanked by stunning townhouses adorned with wrought-iron balconies, while nearby alleys pass through arches with a Moorish aesthetic.