Weekend getaway to Elvas in Alentejo

Weekend getaway to Elvas in Alentejo
Published by:   Toni Martins
Recommended Season:   All year
Recommended time:   2 days
Located in the border region of Alto Alentejo, on the border with Spain, Elvas is a city full of history that owes much to its location, having been in the not-too-distant past the most important stronghold on the Portuguese border. Visiting Elvas is not just for its history, it is also for its location, gastronomy, and above all, Elvas is home to the largest set of bastioned fortifications in the world. The walls of Elvas, together with the historic center of the city are a World Heritage Site, having been awarded this title by UNESCO on June 30, 2012.
Of the many things to visit, the Amoreira Aqueduct, the forts of Graça and Santa Luzia, the forts of São Domingos or da Piedade, São Pedro and São Mamede and the entire historic center, with its medieval fences and monuments, stand out. remaining military buildings of the old stronghold of Elvas.
One of the places that you cannot miss, besides the walls and historic center of Elvas, is the Fort of Nossa Senhora da Graça, officially known as Fort Conde de Lippe.
Enjoy the weekend, get to know or revisit this location and if you have enough time, pay a visit to Jerumenha

The trip

Enjoy and visit Juromenha


Only 18 km from the city of Elvas, Juromenha is located on the right bank of the Guadiana River, on an elevation from which you can admire the entire plain, the river and part of the Alqueva dam.
Visit the ruins of the Castle and Fortress of Juromenha as you immerse yourself in the landscape
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Fort of Graça in Elvas

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The fort of Graça in Elvas is a notable example of 17th century military architecture. XVIII and considered by many historians as one of the most powerful bastioned fortresses in the world, the Forte da Graça or Lippe is still original for its conception and implantation.
The building of the fortification would begin in 1763 by Wilhelm, Count of Schaumbourg-Lippe, commissioned by King D. José to reorganize the Portuguese army. Engineer Éttiene was chosen to direct the work, who was shortly afterwards replaced by Colonel Guillaume Louis Antoine de Valleré. The gigantic works would only end in 1792.

The fort was subject to intervention over the course of 11 months, having been inaugurated on November 27, 2015. This intervention resulted in the recovery of the governor's house, the highest point of the fort, the officers' houses and other architectural elements , having also replaced all the original colors and materials of the Fort and recovered the structures, namely the cistern, the prison, the shooting galleries and the chapel, where frescoes from the 19th century were discovered, which were also the target of intervention.

It is worth a visit, not only for its architecture but also for its history.
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Aqueduct of the City of Elvas


Right at the entrance of the city you will be able to admire this aqueduct that served to supply water to the city
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