Our last day in Evora was a jam-packed one. Unbeknownst to us before we got there, Portugal is home to the largest and oldest megalith (giant rock) site in all of Europe - older than Stonehenge by about 2000 years. So when our hotel concierge told us the site was a 15 minute drive, Mike and I hopped in the car to check it out. I wore a simple, breezy houndstooth-print open back dress and white flats to keep cool, and paired it with a white beaded headband since I've gotten lazy on vacation and my bangs were behaving rudely.
It blows my mind that people back then could move such enormous rocks with just their manpower. How did they do it? I guess that's just one of life's unanswerable questions.
Actually, it isn't - Michael just informed me logs were involved, to roll the stones into place. I'll Google it later.
After the megaliths we drove to the nearby Esporao vineyard, established 1267!! Though they haven't been making wine consistently for 800 years, the winery estate and landscape were stunning. Michael and I enjoyed a two hour lunch and wine pairing before touring the vineyard and of course, the gift shop.
Portuguese wine is fabulous, by the way. I'm not sure why they aren't as well known or revered as Italian and French wines, because they absolutely should be. Also interesting is how their wines are made. Many are blends of multiple grape varieties, however instead of mixing the grapes together before fermenting in barrels (as most Italian wines are), the Portuguese blend their wines after fermentation. The result is deliciously refreshing.
Michael and I left the vineyard full and happy, and before heading back to the hotel we drove a bit further east to Monsaraz, a castle with some of the most gorgeous views of The Alentejo region and Spain (yes we could see Spain!)
Just another day in paradise for the Guidos!