Escoural is an area with more than 50,000 years of history and has had the status of vila (town) since 1916. Arriving at Escoural is like entering a valley full of history and stories, a valley protected by pasture and wonderfully conserved cork-oak and holm-oak woodland that is centuries old.
|Overview of Escoural|
The Caves of Escoural, discovered by chance after a collapse in a mine, allowed vestiges of paleolithic rock art to be identified for the first time in Portugal. There are paintings and engravings coloured in ochre and charcoal, with equine and bovine figures dominant.
|Caves of Escoural|
Another place of great interest for tourists is the Dolmen-Chapel of Nª Sª do Livramento, situated on the road between Escoural and Valverde and easily reached by bicycle. It is possible to identify five of the standing stones and the capstone in their original position, but now plastered and whitewashed.
HOW TO GET TO ESCOURAL
Escoural – Évora: 30 Km
Escoural – Montemor-o-Novo: 15 Km
-Take the N114 from Évora, then turn left along the N370 as far as São Sebastião da Giesteira. From here, follow the N2 to Escoural.
-From Entrecampos Station in Lisbon, take the train to Casa Branca (situated 4.5 km from Escoural along the N2). The train journey takes approximately one hour and twenty minutes.
Casa Branca – first weekend in July
Escoural – Festival and Fair in honour of St. James, 4th weekend in July and Festival of Liberty, 2nd weekend in August
Junta de Freguesia (parish office) of Santiago do Escoural
Praça da República, 1
7050-556 Santiago do Escoural
T. +351 266 857 183
Fax: +351 266 857 251
Câmara Municipal (municipal authority) of Montemor-o-Novo
Largo dos Paços do Concelho
T. +351 266 898 100
Fax +351 266 877 096
www.cm-montemornovo.pt | email@example.com
Medical Centre in Escoural
Av. General Humberto Delgado
T. +351 266 857 178
Farmácia "Leão" (chemist's)
Rua Bernardino Machado, 10
T. +351 266 857 139
T. +351 266 892 333 / +351 266 892 444 (Táxis Antral de Montemor-o-Novo)
T. +351 266 892 775 (Táxi Regouga Santos Unipessoal Lda.)
T. +351 266 896 467 (Táxis António Danado & Esposa Lda.)
T. +351 266 892 756 (Táxis Espadinha & Pedreirinha Lda.)
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