Portugal is so close, yet so far. From Spain, we are on the back of our neighbours. But for them, no. One of the best ways to get to, or come back from, is through the Ribatejo area, because there's nothing better than visiting Évora. Everything there is attractive. The streets and the well maintained facades breath history. There's also the "star monument", the temple of Diana, which is probably the best preserved Roman ruins on the Iberian Peninsula.
Facing the back of the [poi = 89636] Cathedral [/ poi], I found part of the [poi = 90055] Romanesque wall [/ poi] with beautiful gardens and the ruins of a building with many arches, which proved to be the Episcopal Palace. The Cathedral was built in the 16th century, so when the first bishops came to Miranda, they initially had to reside in the [poi = 89659] Castle [/ poi] until the Renaissance Palace, also the Seminar, was built in the 17th century. The building was built around a central courtyard. It's a cloister with multiple arches supported on monolithic columns, which is all that remains after suffering several fires. However, just look at the ruins to imagine the opulence and its monumental size of the Episcopal Palace, behind the [poi = 89636] Cathedral [/ poi]. In the Renaissance portal, which was the entrance to the building, there is a memorial consisting of plates engraved with the bishop's names. In front of it is [poi = 90108] the Court House [/ poi], which is preceded by a huge bronze sculpture.
Miranda Castle is on a hill at the beginning of the heart of town, and the hotel has views of the the Douro river basin as well as Fresno. It was constructed in the late 13th century by King Dinis, and was expanded in the 15th by the revolution of gunpowder. Now only its ruins can be seen as it was razed in the year 1762 when the city was captured by the troops of Charles III of Spain, during the Seven Years War. It is rectangular and was flanked by 4 towers at the corners, the Keep being the biggest. In the middle of the courtyard is the well, which the bottom can be reached by with 46 spiral stairs to get water. Until the Episcopal Palace was constructed in the mid-16th cntury, this castle was the residence of the bishops. It is now a National Monument and the zone is surrounded by gardens. There are still ruins of walls and entrances to the city, for example a tower and the Barbican.
The ruins of San Francisco Convent can't be visited, but from the naval club you can get a good overview of what was the Jesuit convent and its architecture that consisted of the church, Mannerist cloister and dependencies. It was founded in 1530 by Simão Correia.