LISBON Escape The City - Lisbon, Évora

London, Paris, Lisbon… while we love the dynamic metropolises where Athena Advisers is based, there’s little like escaping for the weekend to deserted beaches and country-side cabins to remind us of what life is all about. Introducing our Escape the City series – hand-picking the best insider weekend bolt-holes that balance out city-life.

LISBON

Escape The City - Lisbon, Évora

London, Paris, Lisbon… while we love the dynamic metropolises where Athena Advisers is based, there’s little like escaping for the weekend to deserted beaches and country-side cabins to remind us of what life is all about. Introducing our Escape the City series – hand-picking the best insider weekend bolt-holes that balance out city-life.

Lisbon, Évora

Lisbon – Evora, The Alentejo

Head out from Lisbon east towards the Spanish border and in just 90 minutes, you will stumble across the charming medieval town and Unesco world heritage site of Evora, defined by charming cobbled streets, century-old churches, white-washed walls and outstanding local cooking. Outside the town’s fortified walls stretch endless farm-land, cozy villages and the vine-yards of some of Portugal’s prime producers.  While far from a party town, Evora’s vibrant student population are behind the innovative wave of design shops and ever evolving aperitif culture. Yet while the little town may offers a series of up-market hotels, from the classic Convento do Espinheiro to the recently opened M’Ar de Ar Aqueduto, it’s the 5 bedroom Villa Extramuros, a contemporary home set in the midst of olive groves 20 km outside town, that combines the tranquility of nature with the sort of inspirational design and personalized service that makes for the ultimate dream escape.

Évora, Lisbon property

We caught up with one of Villa Extramuros’ owners, French-man and former fashion designer Jean Christophe, to talk over what not to miss.

1. Why visit Evora? Evora is a World Heritage city that combines classified monuments with the typical life of a small, rural historic city - traditional markets, artisanal handicrafts and a charming local vibe

2. What activities do you recommend? It depends on the expectations, sport vs. culture. The ocean and some beautiful sandy beaches are only 45 minutes from the Villa, but one of the more popular activities is cultural walks in the countryside with a young archeologist.

3. And what about the vineyards? And of course, also wine tasting in the many local wineries a few kilometers around the Villa. The best way to begin is to take a Wine Route Map and go exploring – highlights include the Cartuxa, Quinto do Carmo and Monte dos Colheiros.

4. Top cultural experiences? Evora historic city, the local megaliths, Estremoz, known as the city of marble, the traditional fortified village of Monsaraz – great for sunsets - and the Royal Palace of Vila-Viçosa. 

5. Best local dining experiences? Mercearia Gadanha and Sao Rosas in Estremoz and Fialho and Botequim da Mouraria in Evora. Botequim is particularly special, just 10 diners at a time can experience the daily changing menu from the husband and wife team who run the kitchen.

6. Favourite local experience? The big Saturday morning farmers and antiques market in Estremoz. Colourful and tasty.

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