Stage 4
Stage 4 / Crato - Évora / 111 km / 20 May
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Crato

Crato is a beautiful, quiet and peaceful Alentejo village, seat of the county, famous for its beautiful Monastery of Flor da Rosa and all the monastic tradition that it houses.

It is a small beautiful and well preserved village, from the low and simple white houses with the typical Alentejo lane surrounding the doors and windows, with pride in its patrimony, like the important Monastery of Santa Maria de Flor da Rosa, housing one of the most Portugal's coveted Pousadas, but also the beautiful thirteenth-century Mother Church, the ruins of the towering Castle, the Chapel of Nossa Senhora do Bom Sucesso where the Municipal Museum and the Padre Belo House Museum operate, not forgetting the Balcony of the Grand Prior, last testimony of the imposing Palace of Priors of Crato.

Throughout the region several megalithic monuments attest to the ancestry of these stops, such as Anta do Couto dos Andreiros or Penedo do Caraça, among many others.

The surrounding nature is of great beauty, being in the area three beautiful dams: Vale Seco, Arreganhada and the Câmara, providing good conditions for the most varied sports, nautical and leisure activities.

Local of old customs, in Crato is produced a variety of objects of craftsmanship in wood, clay, cork or marble.

Évora

Alentejo city, capital of district and headquarters of one of the largest counties of the Country, Évora is one of the most emblematic Portuguese cities.

Its beautiful historic center has been classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, in an area of ​​about 105 hectares and about 400 buildings, which is, by itself, one of the best reasons to visit this wonderful Alentejo city.

Évora is known for the important Roman presence at the time of the occupation of the peninsula, Évora was even called Liberalitas Julia. During the Barbarian invasions, Evora was on Visigoth dominion. In 715 AD, the city was conquered by the Moors, and was regained by Geraldo "without fear" in 1166, becoming during the Middle Ages one of the most prosperous cities in the kingdom. In 1551 it was founded by the Jesuits University, symbol of youth and knowledge of this emblematic city.

With all this rich history, there is no shortage in the municipality of Évora, such as its imposing Cathedral built between 1186 and 1204, the well-known Roman Temple (popularly dubbed "Temple of Diana") built between the 1st and 3rd century dC, the Church of San Francisco and its famous Chapel of bones, completely clothed with human bones, the beautiful Church of the Lóios (XV century), or the Palace of D. Manuel, with the interesting Ladies' Gallery, part of what remains of the 16th century palace built by the Avis Dynasty that influenced and adored these domains.

The approximately 20 churches and monasteries of the city denote its historical and religious importance. Central and not to be missed is the famous Giraldo Square, with Arabic-style arcades and a fountain dating from 1571, a meeting place for all generations, with entertainment and special shows.

Évora has an excellent offer of handicrafts, hotels and restaurants, and you can taste true typical Alentejan delights, in a city that combines tradition of peace, history and animation like few.

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Purposely shorter, this 4th stage, in addition to allowing athletes to recover from the effort accumulated in the previous days, enables the early arrival at the end of the stage, where participants are welcomed in Évora early in the afternoon.

The typical undulating landscape of Alentejo, with its cornfields and cork oak framed roads, is sometimes contrasted by the dams' water mirrors crossed along the route.

Avis, Pavia and Arraiolos are some of the most emblematic and historical cities and towns of Alentejo, visited in this 4th stage.

The city of Évora, has like no other place, the history, culture, gastronomy and a unique atmosphere that makes it, one of the main tourist attractions of this country.

Vila Galé Évora Hotel is the perfect place to rest and recover for the two remaining stages to the end.

Pousada Mosteiro do Crato

Pousada Mosteiro do Crato is located in the village of Flor da Rosa, Crato county, in the middle of Alto Alentejo, 22km from the city of Portalegre.

It was built in the Monastery of Santa Maria de Flor da Rosa and is made up of three distinct buildings: the Gothic-style fortress church, a gothic pavilion, already with fifteenth-century alterations, and the other conventual premises already renaissance and Mudejar.

This Monastery is one of the most emblematic works of the region and one of the most original Gothic buildings in Portugal. During your stay at this luxury hotel, enjoy an outdoor swimming pool with a sunbathing terrace ideal for sunbathing, relax in the Magic Spa with a jacuzzi or enjoy a meal in the restaurant.

Rooms are bright with modern décor, warm colors and dark wood furniture equipped with a TV, minibar and free wi-fi internet.

Vila Galé Évora

The hotel Vila Galé Évora, opened in 2015, is located next to the walls of this city of Alentejo, two minutes walk from the historical center.

Dedicated to Alentejo culture, this hotel in Évora allows you to feel the tradition and history of the region as soon as you enter. Cante Alentejano, classified as an intangible heritage of humanity by UNESCO, and the Muslim heritage of the Kingdom of Andalusia inspire the decoration. Also the equestrian art is portrayed in the hotel Vila Galé Évora, in partnership with the National School of Equestrian Art of Alter do Chão. So, enjoy the stay to wander around the hotel and see the pictures, the letters of the 'Alentejana fashions' written on the walls, the typical costumes of the knights.

With 185 spacious and modern rooms and suites - discover the chromatic surprise that we have prepared for you to fully relax - the Vila Galé Évora hotel also has two restaurants, a bar, outdoor swimming pool for adults and children with slides. The Satsanga spa with medical treatment and exclusive treatments with natural products of the region, the indoor heated swimming pool, sauna and Turkish bath are other facilities of the hotel.

For the business segment, a well-equipped convention center with four rooms is available at the Vila Galé Évora hotel.

At this hotel in Évora, in addition to being practically in front of the express bus station, take advantage of the location to, in a short walk, reach the famous Giraldo square, livened by its terraces and arcades. And follow the path through the picturesque alleys and squares of Évora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, past the Roman Temple and the Bones Chapel in the San Francisco church. Agua de Prata Aqueduct. But also the Cathedral, the largest medieval cathedral in the country, and the university. Then have fun enjoying the many restaurants and bars and the vibrant atmosphere of this student city.

In the vicinity of this hotel in Évora, visit the Cave of Escoural, with its Paleolithic engravings dating back to 25,000 BC, Cromeleque dos Almendres, the most important megalithic monument of the Iberian Peninsula and one of the most important in Europe or the Castle of Monsaraz , the Castle of Estremoz and the Paço Ducal of Vila Viçosa.