Evora is one of those small, attractive Portuguese cities that really deserves spending quality time in. While you can visit its highlights on a day trip if time is short, consider adding at least a couple of nights to your itinerary. To make that easier to do, this article is all about the best hotels in Evora and some rather special guesthouses and other places to stay.
Before getting stuck into fantastic Evora accommodations, here’s a quick overview of what the city has to offer.
The historical center is home to the small but remarkable Roman Temple of Diana, near the Gothic Evora Cathedral and, of course, the haunting Chapel of Bones. There are several small museums and art galleries as well as pretty squares and cobbled streets to explore. This area is also renowned for megalithic monuments, wineries and cork oak plantations and there are several craft villages in the vicinity.
Gorgeous 5-Star hotels in Evora
The beautifully restored monastery that is now the Pousada Convento de Evora gives you the opportunity to stay in one of the old cells of the Loios monks. The hotel retains many original and historical features and guests can enjoy a courtyard swimming pool and a fabulous location beside the ancient temple. Definitely a unique experience! Check out available rooms here.
As the name suggests, M’AR De Ar Aqueduto offers unrivalled views of Evora’s 15th century aqueduct. A palace that dates back to the 16th century has been transformed into a contemporary hotel with spacious deluxe rooms that have a private terrace leading onto the gardens and smaller but still attractive standard rooms. The outdoor pool is a refreshing place to unwind after a day of sightseeing, as are the hotel’s bars and restaurant. Or the spa. Just inside the city walls, it’s easy to drive to and there’s onsite parking. All the city centre sights are within walking distance unless you have mobility issues, in which case, the Pousada (see above) is more central. Check availability and prices.
If you want to stay at Convento do Espinheiro, a car is advisable as it’s about 3 km outside of the historical centre. The beautiful 16th century convent is full of atmospheric arches and offers a range of luxurious rooms and suites, some with gorgeous views of the surrounding countryside. Pet-friendly with an outdoor pool, decent spa and onsite restaurant. See photos and grab a room with a view.
Unique 4-Star hotels in Evora
Albergaria do Calvario is a gem of a place where staff are outstandingly pleasant and helpful. Breakfast is vast and varied with hot food cooked to order. Rooms are spacious and the beds very comfortable. The public lounges are cosy and welcoming and there’s an outside terrace above the (free) car park. Allow the staff to park your car as the space is a bit tight. Pick the perfect room for your Evora stay
Bedroom Albergaria do Calvario, Evora
If you like minimalist decor and clean, bright contemporary architecture, Evora Olive Hotel would suit you. Featuring an indoor pool, onsite restaurant and free parking, it’s also extremely central in terms of Évora’s main sights. See photos and check availability.
Centrally located between the Alconchel and Raimundo city gates is the fabulous M’AR De AR Muralhas hotel. Here you will find bright and elegant rooms and you can take time to relax on a gorgeous terrace overlooking an attractive garden. The staff are very helpful and friendly and there is also an onsite restaurant. See photos and check availability
Victoria Stone Hotel is quite modern in concept and style with lots of stone and cork features, two onsite restaurants, a fabulous rooftop swimming pool and spa facilities to make your stay as stress-free as possible. Located just outside the city walls, it offers free parking and internet and great views of Évora from the rooftop. Choose a room or suite to suit.
View from the roof of Évora Cathedral
Delightful boutique guesthouses in Evora
The Valeriana Exclusive GuestHouse is a former pharmacy with a great location and is beautifully decorated throughout. It has a selection of residential quarters to suit all requirements, a terrace for relaxing and the benefit of free parking. Choose a room to suit.
The Noble House guesthouse is in a recently renovated traditional mansion which retains the best of its original features, such as tiles, stone columns and vaulted ceilings. Luxury, style and comfort are key and the location is extremely central. Breakfasts are noteworthy and there is onsite parking (for a fee). See photos and check availability.
For a beautifully converted town house, terrace with jacuzzi and comfortable spacious rooms look no further than Casa do Templo. There is a kitchen, dining area, sitting room and patio available for the guests. This guesthouse is very well located and breakfast is yummy! Book your room while you can.
Located in a pedestrianised square Casa do Sertório offers stylish bedrooms and huge bathrooms with a well equipped common kitchen. It is a calm and comfortable place to stay and just a short distance from the many attractions. There are many little features to enjoy in this guesthouse from beautiful traditional Portuguese decor to ornate ceilings. Check availability and prices.
For a guesthouse that offers garden views, tranquility and a beautiful sunny courtyard with a swimming pool then Casa do Escritor can’t be beaten. Rooms are delightfully decorated and the family who run the hotel are friendly and very helpful. An airport shuttle is available and for guests with cars there is onsite parking. Check the photos and choose a room.
Comfortable 3-Star hotels in Evora
Hotel Riviera is full of history and charm and smack bang in the centre of Évora so it’s great if you don’t have a car to worry about although if you need parking it can be booked in advance. Light sleepers may prefer a room away from the street. Domed brick ceilings, stone doorways and tile panels are just a few of the distinctive features. Be warned that there is no elevator and wifi can be a bit patchy. See photos and reviews.
The Dom Fernando is an elegantly decorated hotel located 5 minutes away from the historical centre. It has a large choice of rooms that preserve the traditional style of the region and an outdoor swimming pool, (although note it is closed from October until the end of April). Car parking is free and the staff are very helpful. See photos and availability.
Charming apartments in Evora
Casa do Becco dos Assucares is a delightful 1-bedroomed apartment in the city centre with arched brick ceilings. Tastefully renovated to a high standard with a well-equipped kitchen if you want to prepare your own meals. The experienced AirBnB host is friendly and helpful and provides a welcome pack of basic supplies. Parking is possible on the street but may be a bit tricky at busy times. See photos and reviews.
Casa Morgado Esporão is an old restored palace originally dating back to the 15th century that lies at the heart of the ancient city. It’s a charming boutique Aparthotel that offers 12 stylish apartments all tastefully decorated. The staff are very helpful and its central location means you can walk everywhere easily. Check availability and reviews.
For a truly unique accommodation inside the arches of the aqueduct, take a look at Casa do Aqueduto da Prata. You might not think it from the outside but this is a 2-bedroomed house with modern decor and a small roof terrace. There’s free parking nearby and Maria is an excellent host. See photos and check availability.
Lovely alternative stays in Evora
ZOETIC sustainable rooms offer 6 choices of accommodation all with simple yet imaginative decor featuring furniture and lighting created or upcycled by the owners, a brother and sister team. The organic and homemade breakfast is made using locally sourced produce. The location is quiet and the walk in to town is short. For those with cars there is free parking. Check out this special place and book a room!
If you have a car and would prefer to stay outside of Evora in a traditional Alentejo country house surrounded by fields, nature and horses, then Oliveirinha Country House is ideal. The hosts are very friendly and helpful, you can ride one of the aforementioned horses and it is the perfect place to wind down and relax. As part of the property there is a palace and winery you can visit. Take a look at room availability.
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