There are a number of megalithic sites just outside Evora that make a great day out. At 7000 years the Almendres Cromlech is one of the oldest stone circles in the world (2000 years older than Stonehenge), made up of 95 stones of varying heights arranged in a horseshoe on the side of a hill covered in cork oak forests. Nearby there is a large menhir, the Almendres Menhir, and the largest dolmen (burial site) in the Iberian peninsula with a central chamber over six metres high, the Anta Grande do Zambujeiro. A nearby cave with sketches of bison and horses at Escoural is currently closed.
All sites can be reached by car down dirt tracks, and would make a great day's mountain biking. The Evora Tourist Information have a good booklet in English and Spanish (and presumably Portugese).
It's hard not to feel a connection when you see these sites that our ancestors built thousands of years ago.
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