A roundabout at Avenida de Badajoz, situated at N4 just outside the town of Elvas

A roundabout at Avenida de Badajoz, situated at N4 just outside the town of Elvas

A statue of Sancho II of Portugal  (8 September 1209 - 4 January 1248)

A statue of Sancho II of Portugal (8 September 1209 - 4 January 1248)

Requalificacao do Jardim das Laranjeiras (Requalification of the Orange Garden) is a garden beside the city walls, close to Faceira da Cisterna street

Requalificacao do Jardim das Laranjeiras (Requalification of the Orange Garden) is a garden beside the city walls, close to Faceira da Cisterna street

A street lamp beside the city walls of Elvas

A street lamp beside the city walls of Elvas

A small open space between Rua de Alferes C Pinto and Praça 25 de Abril

A small open space between Rua de Alferes C Pinto and Praça 25 de Abril

Inside this small park, an equestrian statue of Sancho II is shown beside the Fountain of Mercy

Inside this small park, an equestrian statue of Sancho II is shown beside the Fountain of Mercy

A building beside the Rua de Alferes C Pinto

A building beside the Rua de Alferes C Pinto

At Largo da Misericórdia, there is a statue of Manual I (31 May 1469 – 13 December 1521)

At Largo da Misericórdia, there is a statue of Manual I (31 May 1469 – 13 December 1521)

Rua da Cadeia and Rua da Feira start from the Largo da Misericordia

Rua da Cadeia and Rua da Feira start from the Largo da Misericordia

Rua da Cadeia is one of the main streets in Elvas, anyone who visits Elvas will be passing on this street at some stage

Rua da Cadeia is one of the main streets in Elvas, anyone who visits Elvas will be passing on this street at some stage

Looking downwards at Rua da Cadeia with the Fernandina Tower to right

Looking downwards at Rua da Cadeia with the Fernandina Tower to right

Azulejos tiles at a wall beside the door in the second wall which provides access to the Republic Square

Azulejos tiles at a wall beside the door in the second wall which provides access to the Republic Square

Praça da República (the Republic Square) is an open space, surrounded by cafes and other buildings

Praça da República (the Republic Square) is an open space, surrounded by cafes and other buildings

This place is to sit and see the people pass by

This place is to sit and see the people pass by

It was a rainy day so there were only few people around

It was a rainy day so there were only few people around

A police jeep outside the police sttaion, locally known as PSP

A police jeep outside the police sttaion, locally known as PSP

Motorcycles parked at Rua de Andre Goncalves

Motorcycles parked at Rua de Andre Goncalves

The unusual octagonal design was inspired by the Knights Templar chapel, which stood on a nearby site before this church was built in the mid-16th century

The unusual octagonal design was inspired by the Knights Templar chapel, which stood on a nearby site before this church was built in the mid-16th century

Pelourinho (pillory) is located in the old Santa Clara square

Pelourinho (pillory) is located in the old Santa Clara square

In the past, pillory was used to serve justice - in many countries of Europe the pillories have been almost erased from the towns but in Portugal most towns still have them

In the past, pillory was used to serve justice - in many countries of Europe the pillories have been almost erased from the towns but in Portugal most towns still have them

Porta do Templo (the Templar Door) can be seen in the background

Porta do Templo (the Templar Door) can be seen in the background

A view from the ramparts of the Castle of Elvas - byond the hills, lies the town of Badajoz in Spain

A view from the ramparts of the Castle of Elvas - byond the hills, lies the town of Badajoz in Spain

An open area beside the Castle of Elvas

An open area beside the Castle of Elvas

Elvas is not a huge town, probably it is to do with the wars which were fought here

Elvas is not a huge town, probably it is to do with the wars which were fought here

In one corner of the Elvas Castle, old tower is converted into a ceramic workshop

In one corner of the Elvas Castle, old tower is converted into a ceramic workshop

Inside this small workshop various products are made from clay

Inside this small workshop various products are made from clay

Then these products are left for drying

Then these products are left for drying

Once dried, then different colours are applied to enhance the beauty of the products

Once dried, then different colours are applied to enhance the beauty of the products

Few of the items made in the workshop are on display

Few of the items made in the workshop are on display

When colours are dried, pots are placed inside these heating chambers

When colours are dried, pots are placed inside these heating chambers

Out comes the real deal, beautiful handmade ceramic products

Out comes the real deal, beautiful handmade ceramic products

I spoke to the guy who rund this shop and he seemed to be enjoying his work

I spoke to the guy who rund this shop and he seemed to be enjoying his work

Items which were ready for sale are displayed on the shelves

Items which were ready for sale are displayed on the shelves

This is a huge storage pot, I am not too sure if it was made here (highly unlikely)

This is a huge storage pot, I am not too sure if it was made here (highly unlikely)

Doors at the start of the Rua das Beatas, close to the Castle of Elvas

Doors at the start of the Rua das Beatas, close to the Castle of Elvas

Rua das Beatas is a pedestrian street and it is lined with the plants

Rua das Beatas is a pedestrian street and it is lined with the plants

It looks like that locals are placing different plants outside their houses

It looks like that locals are placing different plants outside their houses

Plants lined on the both sides of the street

Plants lined on the both sides of the street

Rua das Beatas starts from Rua Baluarte do Principe and then it finishes at Rua da Parada do Castelo

Rua das Beatas starts from Rua Baluarte do Principe and then it finishes at Rua da Parada do Castelo

It seems to be that there is a some sort of competition of displaying the best plants and flowers outside their homes

It seems to be that there is a some sort of competition of displaying the best plants and flowers outside their homes

A right turn, just before Rua da Parada do Castelo and saw these plants hanging from the walls (close to the Arco do Miradeiro)

A right turn, just before Rua da Parada do Castelo and saw these plants hanging from the walls (close to the Arco do Miradeiro)

Whitewashed buildings of Elvas

Whitewashed buildings of Elvas

My lunch at a restaurant on Rua da Cadeia

My lunch at a restaurant on Rua da Cadeia

And those who are short on time, can use this service to get their lunch

And those who are short on time, can use this service to get their lunch

Mercado Municipal de Elvas was erected between 1703 to 1705, as a part of the preparation for the War of the Spanish Succession

Mercado Municipal de Elvas was erected between 1703 to 1705, as a part of the preparation for the War of the Spanish Succession

Barges and bridges were stored inside this building which were to be used to cross the Spanish border in the Caia and Guadiana rivers during the military operation

Barges and bridges were stored inside this building which were to be used to cross the Spanish border in the Caia and Guadiana rivers during the military operation

A van parked outside the Mercado Municipal de Elvas

A van parked outside the Mercado Municipal de Elvas

Front doors of the houses at Rua dos Cavaleiros

Front doors of the houses at Rua dos Cavaleiros

These doors are very small in size, specially the one to the right

These doors are very small in size, specially the one to the right

A roundabout at Avenida de Badajoz, at the start of Rua Joao Franco do Vale

A roundabout at Avenida de Badajoz, at the start of Rua Joao Franco do Vale

This roundabout has a fountain which looks like a hose being held by a fireman

This roundabout has a fountain which looks like a hose being held by a fireman

A building beside the Avenida de Badajoz

A building beside the Avenida de Badajoz

Wild plants grown in the middle of the footpath

Wild plants grown in the middle of the footpath

17th  Century fortifications of Fort de Santa Luzia to the north of the old town

17th Century fortifications of Fort de Santa Luzia to the north of the old town

It was designed on the principles of the French architect Marquis de Vauban

It was designed on the principles of the French architect Marquis de Vauban

My visit to this military fortress was delayed by the rain

My visit to this military fortress was delayed by the rain

When I arrived at the main door of the fortress, it was already closed

When I arrived at the main door of the fortress, it was already closed

This star-shaped fortress houses a military museum

This star-shaped fortress houses a military museum

I made my way downhill to the old town of Elvas

I made my way downhill to the old town of Elvas

Rua Principal is lined with the orange trees

Rua Principal is lined with the orange trees

This street lies between the Forte de Santa Luzia and the third walls of Elvas

This street lies between the Forte de Santa Luzia and the third walls of Elvas

And it started to rain again - in the distance the Fortess of Santa Luzia can be seen

And it started to rain again - in the distance the Fortess of Santa Luzia can be seen

The following day, I was dropped off a by a taxi (after coming back from Badajoz) at the gate of the third walls of Elvas

The following day, I was dropped off a by a taxi (after coming back from Badajoz) at the gate of the third walls of Elvas

Garrison Border Town of Elvas and its Fortifications are now part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Portugal

Garrison Border Town of Elvas and its Fortifications are now part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Portugal

A gift shop selling local memorabilia

A gift shop selling local memorabilia

A Portuguese wedding taking place inside the hotel, where I was staying

A Portuguese wedding taking place inside the hotel, where I was staying