Portugal’s hidden gems

Portugal’s hidden gems View Gallery
Elvas is about 230km east of Lisbon, and sits on a hilltop overlooking the Spanish border

Jamie Ball braves the 45-degree heat of Alentejo to discover history, scenery and cuisine

Elvas is a pain in the neck. Late-Gothic chapels, cathedrals and castles have the eye straining skywards at the opulent, glam-rock relics of 16th-century Catholicism.

We’re on the Jesus and Mary trail, while outside, the marble pavements are worn smooth by threadbare-but-chin-up pensioners mooching along tight, four-storey streets in what is another of those fabulous little Mediterranean towns where you find yourself even envious of the pigeons.

About 230 kilometres east of Lisbon, Elvas...

Subscribe from just 1€

Exclusive offers

Choose the subscription that is right for you

Monthly Subscription


For the first month

€19.99 Monthly Thereafter

Subscribe today

Cancel anytime

Annual Subscription


For the first year

€199.99 annually thereafter

Subscribe today

Cancel anytime

Quarterly Subscription


For the first 90 days

€55.00 quarterly Thereafter

Subscribe today

Cancel anytime

These offers are not available for current subscribers. Offers and pricing are subject to change without notice.

Terms & Conditions Apply

Please Subscribe or Log in to continue

Subscribe Login

Related Articles

More from The Business Post