Evora: Family Travels in Spain and Portugal

From Seville, it was across the border to the little town of Evora in the Alentejo region of Portugal. Evora is magical, the kind of town in which you just wander through the labyrinth of streets within it’s fortified walls; you can walk forever never repeating a street and yet, you’re never too far away from where you started.

This is the main plaza. As I sat there sketching, two Australian urban sketcherscame up and chatted and told me the urban sketchers of Evora were meeting to sketch at the square the next morning. USk makes the world a very small place indeed!

The plaza is the heart of the city and always so full of life.

Here’s a spread from my Alpha sketchbook. I drank a lot of wine. The kids drank a lot of a drink called B! 

In my wanderings through the streets, I chanced upon a gem of an exhibit, Aledeia da Terra, created by artists Tiago Cabeca and Teresa Raquel. They take clay and create a whole city of buildings and streets populated with great characters. The pigs were my favorite.

Evora isn’t a town of big landmarks, but you can sketch at just about any corner in town.

And if you can add a pastel de nata into your wanderings, that’s even better. The baker that I bought my pastry from told me that that the best sweets in Portugal are always made by nuns. And the best alcohol comes from monasteries. I haven’t fact-checked that, but I thought I’d pass it along… evora8

Here is one last sketch from Evora, made as the sun set. And yes, a Brazil-Uruguay football match was under way…

To see previous posts from this trip, here are the links: Granada, Cordoba and Seville.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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9 Responses to Evora: Family Travels in Spain and Portugal

  1. Berrnadette says:

    Your sketches are always so lively as I suppose you are, full of life, enjoying your family and sketching. The rendering of the ornate street light is wonderfully executed….so pleasing to my eyes. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Susan Wilson says:

    Seeing your Evora sketches makes me sad that we missed this jewel. Love your oranges.


    • Susan, there’s always another Europe trip coming up: I love that in it’s not hard to get practically anywhere by train or a cheapish flight! The oranges: I cary 2 that I love and can’t give up either of them: Schminke Transparent Orange and DS Transparent Pyrrol Orange


  3. pbass wil says:

    I liked what Bernadette said. Cuz despite your impressive – and evolving – artistic skills & taste; despite the beautiful places you go to and sketch, the real content is always Suhita – bursting with life! :^)

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  4. Yes Évora is a town that you can sketch just about anywhere. We stayed 4 nights and had a list of things we didn’t get aound to. If you go back the reading rooms of the public library are very beautiful.

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  5. pamlopez15 says:

    Your blog brough back wonderful memories of this town. It’s one of my favorite places in Portugal, and there’s always so much to see and do around that region.

    Your sketches capture all of it, Suhita! I love the vibrancy, movement and the colors! Adorei! Aí que saudades!


  6. D. Abreu says:

    I totally Love love love these sketches! They remind me my lovely home in Puerto Rico and the Old San Juan.


  7. Beautiful! Wow, Wow. Very talented. 😀

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