The next night halt was planned for Evora in Portugal. The road from Merida in Spain to Evora in Portugal is via Elvas which is at 81kms from Merida. Elvas too is a Unesco World Heritage Site. Such smooth roads all along, it took hardly an hour to reach there. We could hardly see any difference in the scenes around, except that the road had narrowed down considerably.
Elvas surprised us. I was expecting a moderately big city, but it was just a small town wrapped inside a fortress. Narrow streets, it was as if everyone would know everyone here. We planned a 4 to 5 hours halt here, but we could complete the leisurely walk and sightseeing around in 3 hours. Plenty of restaurants around the town square and we had a relaxed meal here. We could visit a couple of churches here and a castle and rest of the time we just loitered around. Elvas is unique as it has a unique zig-zag shaped fortification all around the old city.
Roads lined with flowering plants.
Elvas old town in the left of the pic.
Elvas declared Unesco World Heritage Site in 2012.
Driving through the fort walls of old town of Elvas.
Narrow streets of Elvas old town.
Interesting street lights at the exit of the city.