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When the Greco-Egyptian writer of Alexandria Claudius Ptolemy wrote about Arraiolos (Arandia) in the 2nd century AD its believed this delightful town had existed for a hundred years. This ancient town is located twenty kilometres (12 miles) north of Évora, perched upon its vantage point 275metres (900ft) above the surrounding Alentejan plain. As the town ascends the hill, it becomes older and older. The medieval centre is atypical of the area with narrow cobbled streets, houses with whitewashed walls, coloured trims around the doors and windows (mainly blue) and terracotta roof tiles.


Praça Lima e Brito

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Igreja da Misericórdia

|  Igreja da Misericórdia

The town is noted for its brightly coloured wool carpets (tapetes) that have been handwoven here since the thirteenth century. As you stroll through the town, you will see an abundance of carpet shops. You may even encounter several women stitching sat at their doorsteps.

Praça Lima e Brito

The Praca Lima e Brita is the beating heart of the oldest part of town where you'll find the Town Hall. Inside, you will find a permanent exhibition of Arraiolos carpets, some of which are for sale, alongside is a collection of paintings by Dordio Gomes. In front of the building is a dancing fountain, which is a draw for both dogs and young children. The fountain has a mischievous habit of catching passersby unawares. There are several fine churches here, such as the Igreja da Misericórdia, renown for its azulejo tiles and the Igreja Matriz parish church, a gothic church with a Manueline makeover.

Praca Lima e Brita is where you'll also find the towns 16th-century Pelourinho or pillory, a traditional pillar of Regal power used for administering corporal punishment. Today, however, the square is far more welcoming with its collection of bars and street cafes are located and the hub for social activity for the locals. Also here are 500-year-old dye chambers preserved under glass in the square where the tourist office is also located.

Igreja da Misericórdia

The austere exterior of the Igreja da Misericórdia hides a true gem within. Just south of the town hall, this 16th-century church has an impressive collection of 18th-century Azulejo tiles that decorate the inner walls from floor to ceiling within its single naive. One's eye is drawn to the gilded altarpiece in the chancel. Igreja da Misericórdia is a fine example of Portuguese baroque and a welcoming shelter from the midday sun.

Monday - Friday: 09h00 – 17h00, Saturday: 09h00 – 13h00/14h00 – 17h00, Sunday: CLOSED for services
Largo da Misericórdia, 7040-039, Arraiolos, Portugal. | 38° 43' 31" N | 07° 59' 01" W
+351 266 490 254

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It's a hearty trek up through the old town up to the castle. As soon as you arrive, you'll be rewarded by the breathtaking views over the olive and ochre-coloured Alentejo plain. The walls have been restored, yet other than the 16th century Igreja do Salvador, the interior is an empty shell. That said, the massive ramparts of the 14th-century castle consisting of two gates and six square towers are impressive.

The first fortifications began on this spot in 1305 by order of King Dom Dinis and once enclosed the town. It was specified that the walls should be 455.4 metres in length, 6.6m high and 2.2m thick. Its vantage point on top of the hill left it exposed to the elements. During the 14th century, the town's populace migrated down the hill to more sheltered environs.

The clock and bell tower built into the wall near the main entrance tows the hour and receives a whitewashing every year. Inside the walls is the sole remaining building, the 16th century Igreja Nossa Senhora do Castelo church. Inside there are many beautiful pieces of artwork on display.

Arraiolos Castle

|  Arraiolos Castle


The age-old tapestry tradition found in Arraiolos go as far as the end of the 16th century. Based originally on elaborate Persian imports, they have been much prized over the centuries and adorn the interiors of many Portuguese manor houses and palaces, including the extravagant eighteenth-century Palácio de Queluz, near Sintra. The rugs are embroidered with wool over the fabric with Arraiolos stitch and are traditionally brightly coloured. There are 26 galleries around the town where you can observe the stitching, choose a design, order a carpet, or buy one off the shelf. Several galleries will ship the carpets abroad. The Tapetes Arraiolos has enjoyed new popularity over the last few decades and can be found on sale throughout the Alentejo region.

Tapestry Museum

Located in the Praça Lima e Brito this two-storey museum (Centro Interpretativo do Tapete de Arraiolos) has recently been renovated. Its interior is lined with local marble. Visiting the museum is essential if you want to understand Arraiolos. Outlined is the towns rich history of rug making. On show are rugs from different eras, including some rare pieces. The exhibit goes on to explain how the tapestries are made with examples of the process are on show.
Tuesday – Sunday: 10h00 – 13h00/14h00 – 18h00, Monday: CLOSED
Adult: €1.00, Concessionary: €0.50, Child <12: FREE
Centro Interpretativo do Tapete de Arraiolos, Praca do Municipio 19, Arraiolos, Portugal. | 38º 43' 31.6" N | 07º 59' 04.3" W
+351 266 490 254 | | Website


Anta de São Denis de Pavia

|  Anta de São Denis de Pavia

Classified as a National Monument in 1910, the Anta Pavia Dolmen is believed to have been erected between the fourth and third millennium BC. It would have been located in a rural location amongst the Alentejo plain. Although unusual, it is by no means unique. There are many examples of prehistoric monuments converted into Christian use though out the ages. The Pavia dolmen was transformed sometime in the 17th century and was dedicated to the saint São Denis. The granite structure stands three and a half metres tall with a diameter of four metres. Its seven vertical struts remain intact in addition to the capstone. The stark interior contains an altar adorned with Azulejos. Dolmens are found throughout the area. Three others were converted to Christian use, including the colourful Anta Capela de Nossa Senhora do Livramento in nearby Montemor-o-Novo.
Praça de São Dinis, Pavia, Portugal. | 38° 53' 39.1" N | 08° 01' 02.1" W Search FlightsImage


Private Tour to Évora and Arraiolos Learn to Embroidery your own Rug

Private Tour to Évora and Arraiolos Learn to Embroidery your own Rug

Travel from Lisbon to Évora on this personalised private tour. Évora, the Pearl of the Alentejo! Known as the Museum-City, Évora stands out for its rich historical heritage and university tradition. It stands in the heart of the Alentejo region. Step back in time and visit the 1st century Roman Temple, the Evora Cathedral, the São Francisco Church that houses the chilling Chapel of Bones. Find out what gave the city the UNESCO World Heritage status. Enjoy free time for lunch and then head to Arraiolos. A sunny village that developed on the side of its castle. Known for its embroidered rugs with centuries of history. The rugs are handmade by embroiderers in gestures that are repeated for over 500 years. You will learn to embroider your own Arraiolos rug step by step with a local embroiderer.

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Half-Day Megalithic Tour

Half-Day Megalithic Tour

Our megalithic tour is showing you around three to four sites of megalithic all around Evora. You will have plenty of explanations about these pre-historic constructions and their possible meanings. It is a private tour, tailor-made just for you!

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Arrabida and Azeitao Private Tour with Wine and Cheese

Evora and Arraiolos Private Tour from Lisbon

Enjoy an intimate introduction to Évora—one of southern Portugal’s most evocative cities, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site—on this full-day, private tour. Following pickup at your hotel, set off from Lisbon in the comfort of an air-conditioned minivan. You’ll get to discover Évora’s key sights, including the Roman–era Temple of Diana and the Cathedral of Évora, and immerse yourself in its rich history. See Évora’s key landmarks in the space of a single tour Round-trip transit from your Lisbon hotel via air-conditioned minivan A private tour lets you explore Évora at your own pace Get up close and personal with this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Six Kilometres (4 miles) northwest of Arraiolos in the small village of Santana do Campo is a chapel build on top of a former Roman temple. The São João do Campo church is classified as a National Monument. The chapel was built in the 15th century. The Roman temple dates back from the 2nd or 3rd centuries AD. Certain relics of the original structure is incorporated into the existing one, notably on the high altar. The chapel experienced renovation works during the 18th century, including the main portal.

Igreja de Santana do Campo, Rua 1º de Maio 14, 7040-130, Santana do Campo, Portugal.
38° 46' 02.1" N | 08° 02' 00.2" W

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Roman temple of Santana do Campo

|  Roman temple of Santana do Campo


Monte da Ravasqueira

|  Monte da Ravasqueira

Comenda Grande

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Monte da Ravasqueira

Monte da Ravasqueira offers a range of different visiting packages, from the basic tour which includes a visit to the vineyard, winery, bottling line, wine cellars, taste of a wine and visit to the Carriage Driving Museum. Other packages include lunch, a walk through the vineyards and all day programmes. Appointments must be made 72 hours in advance.

Daily: 09h00 – 18h00
Guided visit and Clássico wine tasting €15.00
Guided visit and Reserva wine tasting €20.00
Guided visit and Premium wine tasting €30.00
Monte da Ravasqueira 7040-121, Arraiolos, Portugal. | 38º 44' 38" N | 08º 00' 43" W | +351 913 041 017 | Website

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There are two tasting options for visitors: Lasting for about an hour this tour includes a visit to the vineyard and the winery and the tasting of two vintage wines accompanied by smoked sausages and the estate's own olive oil. The second option includes the choice of tasting of three vintage wines. The additional tasting of other special vintages, reserve or sparkling wines incurs the cost of the respective bottle(s). All visits should be booked in advance and are subject to availability. There is also accommodation available.

Daily: 09h00 – 18h00
Option 1: €7.50
Option 2: €10.00
C. Postal 148, 7040-201, Arraiolos, Portugal. | 38º 45' 37.8" N | 07º 52' 23.1" W | +351 266 470 510 | Website

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Pousada Convento de Arraiolos

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If you want to disappear from the world, you have the blessing of all the friars who once lived in this place. Most of the rooms are fully modernised former cells, with the original dimensions but with much more comfortable beds. Lose yourself in the numerous lounge rooms and unusual nooks that will give you a feeling of absolute freedom, even though you're within the walls. The great hall, long and comfortable, the fireplace nook, one of the typical Alentejo ceramic floor burners that will warm your soul and feet in the winter, the terrace in summer, perfect to read under the shadows of the trees and escape the Alentejo heat, the cloisters and stairways that will refresh and shelter you both from the hot sun and the insidious cold weather... this is your refuge for a memorable stay. Pousada de Arraiolos - Nossa Sra. da Assunção, 7044-909, Arraiolos, Portugal.
38º 43" 55.7' N | 07º 59" 19.7' W

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Casas Caiadas | Open House

Casas Caiadas | Open House

Featuring an outdoor swimming pool, shared lounge and views of the town, Casas Caiadas | Open House is located in Arraiolos. Boasting family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. Guest rooms at the guest house are equipped with a seating area. At Casas Caiadas | Open House each room is equipped with air conditioning and a private bathroom. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a continental breakfast.
Rua Alexandre Herculano 24, 7040-029 Arraiolos, Portugal.
38° 43' 28.6" N | 07° 59' 03.2" W

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Casa do Plátano Guesthouse

Casa do Plátano Guesthouse

It's here that João and Carla will help you find peace of mind and recharge your batteries. Both are motivated by the discovery of the stimulating principles of Eastern philosophies, they decided together to restore an old family house in the centre of Arraiolos, transforming it into a comfortable guesthouse. Casa do Plátano is a place of retreat and meditation, which combines, in a creative and harmonious way, the ancient teachings and wisdom of the yoga philosophy of the energetic centres with the temporal and spatial surroundings of Alentejo.

18 Casa do Plátano, Praça da República, 7040-026, Arraiolos, Portugal.
38º 43" 25.9' N | 07º 59" 02.7' W

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Restaurante Típico O Alpendre

This great restaurant serves authentic Alentejan cuisine to a high standard. With a quaint decor inside and outside which reflects typical regional culture. With a typically warm and friendly atmosphere and a wide choice on the menu.

Tuesday - Saturday: 12h00 - 15h00/19h00 - 00h00, Monday: CLOSED
Rua do Bairro Serpa Pinto, 7040-014 Arraiolos, Portugal.
38º 43' 25.1" N | 07º 59' 26.9" W | +351 266 419 024

Restaurante A Moagem

Simple non-intrusive decor and good ol' timely friendly service. Serving excellent local cuisine in typically large portions. An intelligently thought out wine list to match.

Tuesday - Saturday: 12h00 - 16h00/19h00 - 23h00, Monday: CLOSED
2 Rua da Fábrica, 7040, Arraiolos, Portugal.
38º 43' 19.6" N | 07º 59' 03.3" W | +351 266 499 646 |



For food of this high quality Wine'arte is surprisingly good value. Small, rustic yet homely and welcoming. The dishes are adjusted slightly depending on what is in season or available that day. A good choice of fine wines.

Tuesday - Saturday: 08h00 - 00h00, Monday: CLOSED
Rua da Misericordia 24, Arraiolos 7040-039, Portugal.
38º 43' 31.5" N | 07º 59' 01.2" W | +351 963 287 896

120 km (74.5 miles) east of Lisbon Portela Airport Website


Arraiolos is 13 miles (21km) north of Évora and 74.5 miles (120km) east of Lisbon. Highway A6/A12 provides fast connection from Lisbon (less than an hour). Arraiolos is also well connected by the National Road Network. Latitude - 38º 43' 25.9" | Longitude - 07º 59' 02.7"


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The nearest train station is in Évora where Intercity train (comboios Intercidades) run from Lisbon and Beja.
• Linha do Alentejo Timetable
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Rodoviária do Alentejo run coach services all over the Alentejo and beyond, linking the region to major cities within Central and Southern Portugal, including coaches to Évora and Estremoz: Website