Evora city wall
We arrived at the historic mountain walled-town of Évora (a huge castle in itself with an outer and inner wall) after the siesta, shortly before sunset. We drove up to the centre square where we parked and were about to go walking when we saw a bunch of cops at the other end of the square so having chatted them up for a 15 minute stad on the loading zone we actually found a good park and walked up the narrow streets to the Roman temple and Cathedral.
One classic macabre feature of Évora which we didn't manage to see given our late arrival and hurried departure to look for a place to camp is the Chapel of the Bones, which I have included in the blog as a research addition.
The church housing the chapel of the skulls
The Igreja Real de São Francisco (Royal Church of St. Francis) in Évora is best known for its chapel that is not for the faint of heart. In the Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of Bones), the walls and central pillars are covered with human skulls and other parts of skeletons, held together by cement. The church was built between 1460 and 1510.
Its Capela dos Ossos was created by a few Franciscan monks in the 16th century as a practical solution to a problem - as many as 42 monastic cemeteries were taking up valuable space in Evora, so they moved all the bones to a single consecrated chapel. Seeing an opportunity to contemplate and communicate the inevitability of death, the monks chose to display the bones prominently.
Evora from the road south
Then in the early evening we drove on south through the little hill town of Alvito with a castle and church, before heading out to an isolated camp site on the shores of a lagoon, Barragen de Alvito, 15 kms out of town, which was quiet, if expensive at 22 euros.