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As a UNESCO World Heritage site, Évora has plenty of traditional architecture and design to boast about. However, when you scratch beneath the surface of the delightful Roman, Gothic and Romantic buildings, there is a thriving arts and crafts scene in the city that meshes the traditional and the modern with much aplomb.
If you are looking for some interesting mementos of your trip to Évora, either as a gift for a friend or loved one or as a decoration for your home, there is plenty here to choose from to suit all budgets and tastes.
Portugal is renowned for its crafts such as traditional basketware, carved cork wood, ceramics and filigree gold jewellery, as well as for its lace-making and traditional costume making and Évora offers a good selection of each. Avenida 5 de Outubro is the main shopping street in Évora and home to several such shops, stocking examples that are both intricate and more rustic. Take a stroll down the full length of Avenida 5 de Outubro to weigh up your many options before you decide to take the plunge and buy. Portugal has a long history in ceramics and is well-known for its beautiful hand-painted figurines and decorative items as well as its ceramic tiles. While many of Évora’s grand buildings display numerous hand-painted tiles with designs of exquisite detail, the modern-day city retains this strong tradition and is home to various ateliers where original works are produced, as well as many shops selling more mainstream versions.