Fresco Route from Évora to Vila de Frades

2023 | 27th to 28th October

Two-day program to discover the unexpected Baroque interiors in Évora, Manueline Art in Alvito, regional art in the rural parish of Vila Ruiva and multifaceted testimonies of the Roman period in Vila de Frades, always accompanied by good Alentejo gastronomy rocked by the sound of Cante.

Themes: Fresco, Manueline, Art, Gastronomy, Heritage, Wine, “Cante Alentejano”. 

Duration: 2 days. 

Territoires: Évora, Alvito, Vila Ruiva and Vila de Frades. 

Includes: Meals mentioned in the program, Accomodation, Heritage Interpreter accompaniment, Traditional Perfomances and transportation during the whole program.

From €350.00

2 days

2023 Dates:
27th to 28th October

Reservations are subject to availability and options validation / Click to request your reservation. 


We will be part of the reinvention of the forgotten or even usually closed heritage in Évora, discovering the secret dialogue between frescoes on ceilings and historic tiles in some churches in the capital of Alentejo, on the 18th century border. 

After lunch we head to Alvito, the second smallest municipality in mainland Portugal: we enter the XIV century Mother Church of Alvito and discover a virtually incognito Renaissance fresco from the end of the XV century. We continue on foot through the largest set of Manueline portals in Baixo Alentejo, passing through the Paços do Concelho, Pelourinho and entering the castle like Paço of the 1st Baron of Portugal. Finally, crossing Largo das Alcaçarias, we enter the Ermida de S. Sebastião, a late-Gothic chapel covered with frescoes from 1611, with celestial musician angels in the domes…  

Late afternoon 
We end up on long wood benches, in a tavern atmosphere and at the taste of a açorda, regional dishes, sliced olives and wine… with an exclusive performance by a traditional “Cante Alentejano” group 

Accomodation at “Pousada Castelo de Alvito”. 

Vila Ruiva, it is in this small village of whitewashed houses that are unveiled us small artistic treasures in the Matriz Church and the Ermida de Nossa Senhora da Represa – expressions of regional Alentejo art. 

In Vila de Frades – land of wine, bread and oranges – we visit the Roman Ruins and the Sanctuary of S. Cucufate: an imposing roman villa from the 1st century AD, with five fresco painting campaigns over 2000 years… 

We move on to another practice of this civilization: working with clay, in the form of big clay jars for wine production, in António Rocha’s artisanal shed. 

We end our journey with another roman cultural practice: the artisanal production of “Talha” Wine, currently a candidate for World Heritage status. We taste this unique wine in one of the Vila de Frades Cellars, accompanied by Alentejo “petiscos” (snacks)… 

And it is with a trip like this that we realize some of the origins of the traditions of this territory… 


  • Program held with a minimum of 8 people; 
  • Possibility of transfer to and from other locations, according to budget to be presented; 
  • Prices shown per participant for double room; for single room, an extra supplement will be applied; 
  • Daily activities can suffer changes of order. PHT will warn about it as soon as possible. 
  • The reservation will only be valid with the payment of the total or 30% of the value of the program;
  • Reservations until 60 days before.
  • Fresco Route; 
  • Entrance to all places mentioned in the itinerary; 
  • Snack-dinner at day 1; 
  • Exclusive performance of “Cante Alentejano”; 
  • “Talha” Wine Itinerary: 
  • Heritage Interpreter accompaniment;  
  • Transport for the purposes of the itinerary;  
  • Accommodation for 1 night in a double room (breakfast included); 
  • Personal accidents insurance; 
  • VAT. 
  • Flights or other transport means to arrive to Portugal;  
  • Meals not mentioned in the program; 
  • Personal expenses;  
  • Travel insurance. 

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Évora, Alvito, Vila Ruiva and Vila de Frades.


Fresco, Manueline, Art, Gastronomy, Heritage, Wine, “Cante Alentejano”. 


Pousada do Castelo de Alvito

Capacity and Reservations

Min 8 / Reservation up to 60 days in advance

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