Évora is a Portuguese city in the municipality of Évora. This small but beautiful city is located in the Alentejo, a large region of wide plains on the south of Portugal, borderd on the North by the Tagus River and on the South by the region of Algarve. Évora was ranked number two in the Portuguese most liveable cities survey of living conditions published yearly by Expresso.
The city is relatively close (140 km) from the capital of Portugal, Lisbon, and 80 km far from the Spanish border (Badajoz). The city has a very well preserved historical centre, partially enclosed by Medieval walls, where many valuable monuments can be visited: a Roman temple, a Museum, churches and chapels, etc.
Évora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (UNESCO - Historic Centre of Évora) and also a member of the Most Ancient European Towns Network.
The city has a well known university (source: wikipedia), hosted in a XVIth century building, Colégio do Espírito Santo, being funded in 1559 by the Archbishop D. Henrique, future king of Portugal. In 2008, the University of Évora, sponsored by the European funding mechanism EEA Grants, created the HERCULES Laboratory (HERança CULtural Estudos e Salvaguarda/Cultural Heritage Studies and Safeguard) dedicated to the study, conservation and valorisation of cultural heritage. This interdisciplinary laboratory is unique in Portugal.