Evora Sightseeing During EXIB 2016

During my recent stay in Evora, Portugal, for the 2016 Ibero-American Music Expo (EXIB), I had the opportunity to visit some of the monuments in and around Evora.

Evora is a UNESCO world Heritage site. It’s a walled city that includes dozens of monuments ranging from a Roman Empire-era temple and aqueduct to a cathedral, numerous churches, public squares and other historic buildings.

The city is visited by hundreds of tourists daily. Some of the most popular shops for tourists sell dozens of items made out of cork, such as purses, wallets, hats, floor mats and lots of other items. The cork comes from the cork oaks found in southern Portugal and Spain.

Here’s a photo report of my visit to Evora.

Street art on Avenida Sebastiao - Photo by Angel Romero
Street art on Avenida Sebastiao – Photo by Angel Romero

 

Evora city walls - Photo by Angel Romero
Evora city walls – Photo by Angel Romero

 

another shot of the Evora city walls - Photo by Angel Romero
another shot of the Evora city walls – Photo by Angel Romero

 

Travessa do Barao, one of the numerous narrow city streets - Photo by Angel Romero
Travessa do Barao, one of the numerous narrow city streets – Photo by Angel Romero

 

Curved building on Rua Serpa Pinto - Photo by Angel Romero
Curved building on Rua Serpa Pinto – Photo by Angel Romero

 

One of the main squares, Praça de Giraldo - Photo by Angel Romero
One of the main squares, Praça de Giraldo – Photo by Angel Romero

 

 Cork item souvenir shops - Photo by Angel Romero

Cork item souvenir shops – Photo by Angel Romero

 

Bags and hats made out of cork - Photo by Angel Romero
Bags and hats made out of cork – Photo by Angel Romero

 

The ancient Evora Roman Temple - Photo by Angel Romero
The ancient Evora Roman Temple – Photo by Angel Romero

 

Evora cathedral - Photo by Angel Romero
Evora cathedral – Photo by Angel Romero

 

On May 7th, my colleague Albert Reguant (Director of "Les Rutes del So" Ona Sants Montjuïc de Barcelona and member of the World Music Charts Europe) and I encountered fado singer Jaqueline and her band at the cathedral.
On May 7th, my colleague Albert Reguant (Director of “Les Rutes del So” Ona Sants Montjuïc de Barcelona and member of the World Music Charts Europe) and I encountered fado singer Jaqueline and her band at the cathedral.

 

On May 7th, local sponsors organized a trip to Convento do Espinheiro in the outskirts of Evora. The 15th-century convent is now an upscale hotel and spa, about 5 km from downtown Evora.

EXIB delegates were welcomed by local officials and this was followed by a fascinating performance by Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Carlos Malta, playing wind instruments in the chapel. Following that, we were scheduled to go to the adega Herdade das Servas wine cellar in Estremoz, for a wine tasting, but it turned out to be too far away so the trip was cut short and we returned to Evora.

 

Convento do Espinheiro chapel - Photo by Angel Romero
Convento do Espinheiro chapel – Photo by Angel Romero

 

Brazilian musician Carlos Malta performing at Convento do Espinheiro chapel - Photo by Angel Romero
Brazilian musician Carlos Malta performing at Convento do Espinheiro chapel – Photo by Angel Romero

Related articles:

The Passionate Music of Alentejo, the Focus of EXIB 2016 Opening Concert

Three Continents Represented at EXIB 2016 Day 1 Showcases

The Diverse Sounds of Iberia, Mexico and Cuba at EXIB 2016 Day 2 Showcases

Cuatro Mastery and Hip Shaking Cumbia at EXIB 2016 Day 3 Showcases

EXIB 2016 Conferences and Trade Show

Related links:

EXIB Música

Evora Tourist Guide

Visite Evora

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel is also co-founder of the Transglobal World Music Chart.

Angel has also produced and remastered world music studio albums and compilations for labels such as Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, and Music of the World.

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