Wednesday, July 17: I wander the streets a lot during my one full day in Evora, and here are some of the street scenes. I’m fascinated by the Portuguese doors, windows, and balconies, the peeling paint on the building facades. the patterned pebble sidewalks, and the strange-shaped roofs.
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In my wanderings, I come across the huge arches of the Água de Prata Aqueduct (Aqueduct of Silver Water). This 9km-long aqueduct was built in 1531–1537 by King João III to supply the city with water. The end part of the aqueduct is remarkable with houses, shops and cafés built between the arches.
I also pass by the Temple Romano another time.
For my last night in Evora, I have a wonderful meal at Restaurante S. Luis, which the receptionist at Pensão Policarpo has recommended. I love the warm atmosphere and the fact that it’s off the beaten tourist track and frequented by the Portuguese.
I have a glass of wine, bread and olives. These olives may be the best I have ever tasted!
And then I order Balcalhau a Nuno Neves (a posta assado no forno), which is a wonderful codfish with potatoes and broth served in a hot steaming dish. It’s delicious. 🙂
I relax for my last evening on the patio of Pensão Policarpo. Tomorrow morning, I head for Sintra, about a half-hour west of Lisbon.