Merida to Elvas, a Road Trip

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.

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42 Responses

  1. Sylvia K says:

    Beautiful captures as always, Indrani!! I do love those blue, blue skies!! Thank you for sharing!! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!! Enjoy!!

  2. eileeninmd says:

    Hello Indrani, Elvas sounds like an interesting city to visit wrapped inside a fort. Wonderful photos and sky shot. Have a happy day and weekend ahead!

  3. Ida says:

    Love the colors in that first shot, it's a pretty scene.
    I enjoyed all the photos of this interesting area.

  4. beautiful! I like the roadside grasses on your first picture.

  5. Stephanie says:

    Wonderful images!

  6. Al says:

    What a beautiful old city – I love walled cities.

  7. Linda says:

    Your photos are gorgeous, Indrani! Thank you so much for sharing this lovely tour! 🙂

  8. TexWisGirl says:

    rather pretty looking.

  9. ladyfi says:

    What lovely shots! I really like Portugal.

  10. Linda says:

    Interesting! The last two shots are especially delightful.

  11. Joyful says:

    Wonderful captures, Indrani.

    I've never been to Portugal. Somehow I think I would find it too hot. I need trees 🙂

    Have a great weekend.

  12. DeniseinVA says:

    Thank you for taking us along on your road trip. I enjoyed your photos very much.

  13. Jeevan says:

    Interesting place and the town seem to settles on a mound! Nice perspective on the street and emblem

  14. ashok says:

    wow…lovely snaps

  15. afanja says:

    What a crystal clear blue sky, I love it

  16. Klara says:

    I love blue skies. I can feel the warmth in your photos. Very nice captures.

  17. a place I´m not used to see. Love the look of it.

  18. Gorgeous photos as always and so informative…

  19. Sri Kri says:

    Lovely shots.Informative Post.:).

    Sriram & Krithiga

  20. Such wonderful captures and as always very informative. Thanks for sharing dear 🙂

  21. Mridula says:

    81 km in one hour is not bad at all! I would love to walk through those narrow roads!

  22. Ruchi negi says:

    nice pics, love the flowers on highway!

  23. Indrani I Loved the blue skies , clean roads and the info about it ….As always 🙂

  24. Looks like a very interesting city. Great pictures. I loved the streets 🙂

  25. Elvas, the Unesco World Heritage Site looks like a quaint place with nobody on the streets. Thanks for taking us on his virtual road trip Indrani.

  26. Ami Bhat says:

    Those little streets look so inviting. I guess the best way to explore this place would be walking through them.

  27. I love small towns! What lovely pics of the place ?

  28. Beautiful Pictures of the Place..Well Presented!

  29. Beautiful pics as always … Spain is high on my bucket list , let see when we head that way .. will bug you from all travel tips 😉

  30. D.Nambiar says:

    A city inside a fort sounds like a thing to see.
    Love that street view, Indrani. 🙂

  31. Great captures, Indrani. Interesting to know about a small town wrapped inside a fortress.

  32. Great captures, Indrani Ji . Interesting to know about a small but historic town wrapped inside a fortress.UNESCO giving a face to the real treasure of this world.

  33. Thank you for this trip Indrani,this place looks very inviting,peaceful.

  34. a Rat says:

    nice place. The first photo impressed me. Very pretty! 🙂

  35. Handsome horses. Have a great weekend

  36. Hello!:) So pleased you enjoyed your trip to Elvas. I visited there about 30 yrs ago. Nice shot of the horses.:)

  37. eileeninmd says:

    Hello Indrani, I love the horses and this was a great post.
    Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

  38. Snap says:

    I think it would be wonderful to visit all the Unesco World Heritage Sites. Thanks for view of this one and the horses!

  39. Christine says:

    Gorgeous scenery on every hand! Love those photos inside the old town and the horses are beautiful!

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