Anyone looking for a weekend break from Lisbon should consider Évora, the regional capital of the sweeping and rugged Alentejo and a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its rich history. Visitors may also appreciate the unique accommodations, with Évora being home to some truly wonderful boutique and luxury hotels that show off the local culture and town’s illustrious past. Here, then, are The Culture Trip’s favorite hotels in Évora, Portugal.
Enjoy the view of Évora from The Noble House‘s second-floor bedrooms inside a renovated 15th-century manor home with characteristic arched ceilings, traditional azulejo tiles, and a mix of old-world and contemporary style. This boutique hotel is located in the city’s Old Town, around the corner from Évora’s namesake cathedral and museum, and a short walk from the ancient Roman Temple and Roman ruins.
The M’ar De Ar Aqueduto is a chic, five-star hotel located by the Aqueduct of Água de Prata (meaning Silver Water), giving guests a unique, up-close view to this 16th-century landmark. Once a 15-century palace, the hotel offers spacious rooms decorated in a modern and elegant style, an outdoor pool, and a spa center.
The Évora Olive Hotel is ideally-located in the heart of the city, near the public garden and iconic city square. Contemporary and bright, this four-star hotel’s theme was inspired by olive oil, a loved product cultivated in the Alentejo, and the hotel’s restaurant offers traditional regional cuisine. Previous guests compliment the style, peaceful ambiance, and attentive staff.
This uniquely rustic and modern four-star hotel boasts a rooftop bar area, spa, and one-of-a-kind stone wall décor. The hotel also offers its own restaurant, three bars in total, and an outdoor pool. It is conveniently-located near the public garden and within 15 minutes of many of the city’s major landmarks. From the rooftop terrace, guests can enjoy spectacular views.
If you have a car and want a little more peace and quiet away from the tourist-friendly city center, consider staying at the Imani Country House, located approximately 20-minutes’ drive (15km or nine miles) from Évora. Snuggled in the middle of cedar trees and gardens that are more than 100 years old, and on an 11-hectare estate, it is a perfect picture of tranquility. The house offers seven guestrooms, two outdoor pools, and a cozy fireplace area, and much more. It is also approximately three-and-a-half kilometers from the ancient Almendres Cromlech megalithic standing stones – a must-see for anyone who appreciates history and archaeology.
The 15th-century Hieronymite convent, Convento do Espinheiro, was converted into a historic luxury hotel and spa resort offering 92 guest rooms, five suites, two restaurants, three bars, two pools, and full spa services. Located a couple of miles from the city’s major landmarks, it is another perfect spot for anyone with a car who’s looking to stay off the beaten path but within easy access of Évora’s museum-like downtown square. Special features include the gardens set within the eight-hectare property, wine tasting inside the ancient cellar that was once used by the monks who lived in the convent, and fine dining at the hotel’s restaurant. The Convento do Espinheiro is also pet-friendly.
Much of the world’s cork comes from Portugal and the Alentejo is set among lovely cork oak trees. Inspired by these natural features, the Tivoli Évora Ecoresort (originally the ECorkHotel) is an ecological hotel that utilized cork in the construction of the building and much of the furnishings. Geothermal energy and solar panels heat the rooms and water, adding to the eco-friendly ambiance. This is another spa hotel, and the full services include massages, a Turkish bath and chromotherapy, and the hotel’s restaurant boasts traditional cuisine mixed with Mediterranean flavors.