municipality and city in Portugal

Elvas is a city in the Alentejo region of Portugal. The Garrison Border Town of Elvas and its Fortifications is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Get inEdit

By busEdit

1 Terminal Rodoviário de Elvas, Rua do Património 1. Just over 1 hour from Évora (11.90€ / 10.00€ students) and around 3 hours from Lisbon (17.60€ / 14.80€ students).

By trainEdit

Elvas train station is 3 km outside the city centre. There is one daily train connection from Lisbon by changing at Entroncamento with a total journey time of 4:30 hours (15.60€). The train continues to Badajoz, Spain.

By carEdit

It's 200 km from Lisbon.

Get aroundEdit

All sights inside the city walls can be easily reached on foot.


Elvas is very close to Badajoz, Spain and has been fortified at different times. That makes it worth while to wander round looking at the work of different periods.

The Amoreira aqueduct.
  • 1 Amoreira Aqueduct (Aqueduto da Amoreira). The 16th-century aqueduct is a great architectural view - five stories in parts - and it's staggering to see how narrow was its channel. Free.    
  • 2 Castle of Elvas (Castelo de Elvas), Rua da Parada do Castelo 4-8, +351 268 626 403. Tu–Sa 09:00–18:00. Fortified castle for defense purposes. Provides panoramic views of the city and surroundings.    
  • 3 Nossa Senhora da Graça Fort (Forte de Nossa Senhora da Graça), Alcáçova (3 km uphill from the city centre), +351 268 625 228. Tu–Su 10:00–17:00. One of the two fortresses outside the city, with multiple layers of defensive walls. Located on a large hill it provides great views back to Elvas and over to Spain, especially from the balcony of the governor's palace. 5€ (2.50€ reduced).    
  • 4 Our Lady of the Assumption Cathedral (Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Assunção), Praça da República. Manueline-style cathedral on the main square.    
  • 5 Santa Luzia Fort (Forte de Santa Luzia) (1 km from the city centre), +351 268 628 357. Tu 13:00–17:00, W–Su 10:00–17:00. One of the two fortresses outside the city walls.






Go nextEdit

Évora, Portalegre, Campo Maior, Vila Viçosa, Estremoz, Castelo de Vide, Marvão, and Badajoz in Spain.

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