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Elvas Tour – A Military History

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The historic city of Elvas was distinguished by UNESCO in 2012 as a World Cultural Heritage Site. This distinction was due to the fact that this fortress city, on the border between Portugal and Spain, has the largest defensive structures of the bastioned type, in the world, with its characteristic star-shaped walls. The city’s fortifications, through which the Moorish and medieval periods are crossed, as well as Renaissance innovations and, due to the regular modernization of structures, the advance of time until the 19th century, are “one of the most important cases of overlapping functions and of evolution of strategic and military conceptions throughout history “, referred the proposal then sent to the National Commission of UNESCO.

Stage of countless battles, between Christians and Muslims, between Portuguese and Spanish or between English and Portuguese troops against the French army of Napoleon, visiting Elvas is to know the evolution, strategy, technique and military history in the last 1000 years. A must for lovers of military tourism, 1 hour from Évora.

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None of them will give you information based on Wikipedia or tourist brochures. All visits are made based on a search for detailed, rigorous information, thematic books, municipal archives and academic articles. We also add doses of imagination and personal opinions to each visit and we always look for good mood and whenever possible we promote the interaction of the visitor with the patrimonial heritage, with their opinions and knowledge, in the interpretation and the stories told.

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The languages ​​spoken are Portuguese, English, Spanish and French.

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Our cancellation policy is flexible and adjusted to each client and each contracted experience. Generally, for cancellations up to 24 hours before the event, we will refund the entire payment except for services that include accommodation or for services and experiences for private, cooperative or business groups, which have their own cancellation policy.

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We also make private visits to groups, whether family, friends, tourist companies, organized by hotels, schools, etc. Prices per group are on request and are adapted to the type of experiences or visits intended, with or without inclusion of entrance tickets to the monuments or integrating lunch, dinner or wine tasting before or after the experiences.

We can do photo or video reports, with or without editing work. We do inclusive tours for people with reduced mobility or meal menus for people with dietary restrictions.

We can add on our visits 2 guides (ideal for very large groups or who want guided tours in 2 different languages). We can adapt guided tours to study visits for children or young people of school age, with themes subordinate to the type of education or to a specific subject or discipline.

We organize fun treasure hunts in the historic centers of the cities, historical recreations with theater actors, period costumes, traditional games, workshops or musical entertainment with traditional groups from Cante Alentejano or Fado (UNESCO Heritage) or musical moments of Portuguese pop music.

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