Photos courtesy of Pousada de Évora
31 rooms and 2 suites
Double rooms: 135–276 euros
Suites: 189–429 euros
Rates include breakfast, tax, and service.
Open: all year
Évora is about 140 km east of Lisbon where N-114 and N-18 intersect. There are several trains and buses a day from Lisbon; the train station is about 1.5 km from town.
On site: swimming pool
Nearby: cultural walking tours of Évora; bicycling; hot-air ballooning; horseback riding; hiking; 4-wheel driving
Though the pousada is just a few steps away from Évora’s Roman temple, it is hardly noticeable from the square. Once inside this former monastery, you pass through long white corridors that surround cloistered gardens.
High, vaulted Gothic ceilings, marble and stone columns, and a grand staircase with a pink marble balustrade remind you of the building’s origins. One Gothic-Moorish doorway leads to a chapter house that once held records from the Inquisition. Small sitting rooms throughout the hotel contain charming hand-painted frescoes on the walls and ceilings, as well as crystal chandeliers and period furniture.
Guest rooms leading off an upstairs arched gallery contain hand-carved armoires, canopy beds, and headboards with the eagle emblem of the monks. Bathrooms are lined with gray marble.
The dining room stretches around the courtyard and features regional Alentejo fish and lamb specialties. Breakfast is served in the former refectory.
Évora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.