Well known as a frontier crossing point, the region of Elvas teems with innumerable surprises to anyone who knows how to gaze at destiny, who succumbs to the seduction of a history evoked at every footfall, and who cherishes the serene tranquility of rural tourism.
Route 1 “The Elvas Defences”, long considered an imosing fortress which has Always known how to assume, with splendour, the destiny which has distinguished it because of its border situation. The route leaves the city in the direction of Fort Santa Luzia, and returns following part of the 17th century battlements, sometimes travelling within the walls, sometimes on the outside, with detour stops to look closely at the commemorative monument to the Battle of the Elvas Lines, and at the invincible Forte da Graça.
Route 2 “The Guadiana route”, especially devoted to nature-lovers, runs alongside the extreme Southern perimeter of the irrigation system associated with the Caia Dam, and then meets the River Guadiana, close to the historic Ponte da Ajuda (“Bridge of Help”). For this section, travel on foot, by bicycle or by four-wheel drive is advised.
Route 3 “From village to village” accomplishes an almost complete circuit of the district, providing glimpses of market gardens and grand estates, crossing ranked olive groves which produce the succulent Elvas olives, sensing the wild game that abounds in the forest of oak plantations, visiting villages and hamlets, becoming acquainted with the traditional crafts and trades, relaxing by the lake at Caia and, as a final climax, returning to the city beside the Aqueduct of Amoreira, that outstanding work of engineering and design that demanded the endeavours of several generations.
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