Évora is steeped in history and therefore has a number of prominent historic sites, such as the Palace of the Dukes of Cadaval or the Palácio dos Duques de Cadaval, which is one of the highlights of the city. Located in Évora’s historic centre, the Palace of the Dukes of Cadaval was built from the ruins of the old Castle of Évora, in the in 14th century. Several Portuguese kings used the palace as their temporary residence, and today it is still a private residence. Visitors will however be able to explore a few rooms featuring a variety of family heirlooms, including antique weapons, sculptures, paintings, and more. Highlights of the historical building however include its 17th century façade, the mudejar, gothic and manueline architecture and the stunning, pentagonal Tower of Five Shields. There is also a café in the palace’s garden, where visitors can relax and enjoy a meal.
Rates tend to vary. Check website for more information.
Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00–17:00
Around 1 hour or more
Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families, children
The stunning architecture, the Tower of Five Shields
The Palace of the Dukes of Cadaval does not have a prayer room. Muslims visiting the attraction will therefore have to make use of the facilities offered at the one known mosque in Évora; the Islamic Place of Worship of Évora. Muslim tourists can ask the locals to direct them to this facility when needed.
As mentioned above, there is a café in the gardens of the Palace of the Dukes of Cadaval. While visitors will be able to find a good selection of food items here, Muslim tourists will have to dine on suitable vegetarian and seafood dishes, as non-Halal ingredients will be widely used. There are also no known Halal restaurants in the city of Évora. More information regarding the availability of Halal food could be obtained at the local mosque.