Venue and Travel

The city of Évora was declared Human Heritage 30 years ago. This SocyHume conference is a great occasion to visit as all the events that will take place in this Roman, Medieval, and Modern Era city. We recommend our visitors to spend a minimum of 3 nights in Évora for this occasion. Please download our free Évora Guide Tour made by CIDEHUS members.


There is also a night train from Madrid to Lisbon that leaves from the Madrid Atocha train station. You can buy “Cama Turista” (sleeper), which if bought about two months or one month and a half in advance can be purchased at half price (about 33 – 50 € each way!).

If you are in any other part of Europe or the world we recommend you to go by plane (Aeroporto de Lisboa). Once you arrive to Lisbon Airport, take either a  taxi (about 12/15 Euros depending on the traffic jam) either the Underground (1,4 € plus the main Card Zapping which is 0´5€). You can choose to go to the Coach Station on the Train, both ways will take  one hour and a half to arrive at Évora:

A bus: “Sete Rios” Bus Station is located in Jardim Zoologico Underground Station. Buses depart about every hour. Refer to the“Red espresso (click Here)”. The last bus departs at 22 hs. I recommend you to take a day ticket (12,5 €).

Both means of transport will take one hour and a half to get to Évora.

When you arrive at Evora Station (Tulio Espanca Street), you can walk to the city, or just take a TREVO bus (1 €) that runs from 9 hs. to 19 hs. approximately. Ask in the station for your hotel address. Keep the Trevo  bus ticket because you can use it all day to move around the city.

By  train:, you can also  go from  Sete Rios Station, for the same price but there are fewer trains, check the timetable in “Comboios de Portugal”,  as there are only 3 trains per day.

We will soon post some hotels we recommend.

Have a nice trip!

Tips written by Maria Zozaya, revised in English by Silvia Hottinger, please quote the source if you use it or link it directly.


CIDEHUS – Centro Interdisciplinar de História, Culturas e Sociedades da Universidade de Évora.
Palácio do Vimioso, Largo do Marquês de Marialva, n.º 8, Apartado 94
7000-809 Évora – Portugal

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When the association turns out to be a live Museum with the exhibition “Material Culture of Iberian Associations”, by Curator Maria Zozaya

The exhibition “The Material Culture of Iberian Associations” was designed to be itinerant and interactive, changing according to the space hosting it. This is how its curator María Zozaya-Montes conceived it from the outset. It began its cultural journey in August 2023 in Portugal, in the Évora Public Library, where it exhibited the eighty most outstanding pieces of the associations founded in Évora more than 120 years ago. It brought together pieces representative of all its social groups.

Thanks to its objects and layout, the exhibition was immersive in nature, reproducing the meaning they acquire in an association depending on their location. It had a markedly playful character, both because of the subject represented, the associations of play and free time, and because of details that began with the invitation to visit the exhibition, carried out in the style of the 19th century. In this way, it followed in the footsteps of that “homo ludens” who shaped part of the change in the social and political life of the 19th century around leisure (following Johan Huizinga’s theories).

Although that initial exhibition was unique in its kind, as it brought together unique pieces representative of the Iberian associationism of several Portuguese associations (at BPE), it is also unique in its subsequent state (at SHE).

Material Culture of Iberian Associations Itinerant Exhibition at Sociedade Harmonia Eborense.

Material Culture of Iberian Associations Itinerant Exhibition at SHE, Évora, Portugal.

The itinerant phase, where the exhibition transits to the associations and gentlemanly capitalism clubs themselves, makes it a pioneer again, turning the association into a living museum.

As an installation, it transforms the associations into living museums thanks to several elements: its graphic panels explaining the meaning of these centres, the dialogue it establishes with the rooms, with the existing pieces, or with the exhibitions themselves that the association might have; and to the discourse of mediation narrated in the guided tours by the curator, where even activities of the association’s daily life are evident.
The exhibition “The Material Culture of Iberian Associations” has entered a second phase with its recent inauguration at the Harmonia Eborense Society, one which, thanks to its panels and the mediation of the visits, manages to turn the associations themselves into living museums.
With this cultural installation, the CIDEHUS researcher María Zozaya-Montes highlights a transversal reality between Spain and Portugal that developed during the period of change from 1836 to 1980. With this exhibition, she promotes the transfer of knowledge of her research carried out over the last 25 years (the last decade devoted to Portuguese associations), which has resulted in four specialised books, multiple thematic articles, and dozens of conferences in international contexts.

Triptych of the exhibition Material Culture of Ibeiran Associations, Curator M. Zozaya

The exhibition “Material culture of Iberian associations” (A cultura material nas associações ibéricas) proposes a journey through the objects and objects of associativism: the time of leisure, daily life, and informal education, carried out through games, sounds, theatre and other playful activities that could hide a social and political versatility. Part of the explanations and objects can be seen “in situ” online, in the documentary “The Cultural Heritages of sociability”, directed by María Zozaya-Montes, shown in the site that gathers the information of the exhibition, here.

Documentary about the cultural heritage of associations, dir. Maria Zozaya (CIDEHUS-UÉ)

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María Zozaya-Montes, “When the society turned out to be an live Museum with the exhibition: “Material Culture of Iberian Associations, by Curator Maria Zozaya”, Socyhume, Sociabilidad y patrimonio, ISSN 2952-1130, 4 October 2023, available at:

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