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Europe is one of the five inhabited traditional continents of the Earth. Physically and geologically, Europe is the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, west of Asia. Europe is bounded to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea, and to the southeast by the waterways adjoining the Mediterranean to and including the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains. On the east, Europe is divided from Asia by the water divide of the Ural Mountains and by the Caspian Sea. Europe is the world's second-smallest continent in terms of area and third-largest continent after Asia and Africa in population.
Elvas a place in Europe is a Portuguese municipality, an Episcopal city and frontier fortress of Portugal, located in the district of Portalegre in Alentejo. It is situated about 230 kilometers east of Lisbon, and about 15 kilometers west of the Spanish fortress of Badajoz. It has an area of 631.3 square kilometers with total population of 22,691 and density of 36 per square kilometers.
Elvas lies on a hill 8 kilometers northwest of the river Guadiana. Seven bastions and the two forts of Santa Luzia and Nossa Senhora da Graca defend it. Its late Gothic cathedral, which has also many traces of Moorish influence its architecture. Elvas is the Roman Alpesa or Helvas, the Moorish Balesh, the Spanish Yelves. It was wrested from the Moors by Alphonso VIII of Castile in 1166, but was temporarily recaptured before its final occupation by the Portuguese in 1226. Elvas is known for its olives and plums.

Elvas, justifiably so, enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers, and is one of the most visited place. It is also said the place of best geographical environment and can trace its origin back to prehistoric times.

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