Whether you’re a history lover, culture vulture, or just looking for a relaxing break from busy Lisbon, the ancient city of Évora is a wonderful choice. With ancient Roman temples and medieval cathedrals and many more architectural gems, there’s certainly plenty to explore.
All that exploring can be tiring though, and after a day of trekking Évora’s winding lanes, you’ll want to be able to come back to a great hotel, apartment, or Airbnb – somewhere where you can relax and unwind before doing it all again.
Albergaria Do Calvario
History seeps from the walls of Albergaria Do Calvario, a former 16th century olive oil mill. Inside, it’s been furnished with local arts and regional fittings to give you a flavour of the area.
In the mornings, you’ll be treated to a fantastic breakfast buffet created from locally sourced or organic products — giving you the energy boost you need. When it’s time to discover Évora, the Silver Water Aqueduct and Roman temple are a short walk away.
M’AR De AR Aqueduto
A stately former palace, M’AR De AR Aqueduto is a regal choice for those looking for a special holiday with a loved one. Roam this five-star hotel, discovering its magnificent architecture, domed ceilings, and stunning chapel.
The outdoor pool is the place to cool off after a lazy afternoon on the sun loungers. As you do your lengths, make sure to look up and take in M’AR De AR’s magnificent views of the city’s famous aqueduct.
Convento do Espinheiro
With a wealth of luxury amenities, Convento do Espinheiro is ideal for travellers who are keen to relax without having to leave the hotel. Unwind at the wellness and fitness spa, which offers treatments from across the globe.
There are also indoor and outdoor swimming pools so that you can do laps throughout the year, plus tennis courts. A gourmet restaurant offers culinary delights which mix Mediterranean and Portuguese cuisine. For those who do want to explore, Évora is just a 10-minute drive away.
Vitória Stone Hotel
The design-led concept behind Vitoria Stone Hotel is ideal for couples looking for a chic getaway in Évora. Imposing stone has been used throughout the hotel to provide an impressive yet natural style that feels both full of energy and timeless.
That attention to detail runs throughout the getaway, from the bar with its striking stone pillars to the rooftop swimming pool, which has an island of sun loungers. For a romantic evening, visit the highly rated restaurant before enjoying cocktails at the bar.
Hotel Dom Fernando
For a relaxed holiday with friends and family, Hotel Dom Fernando is the perfect option. For those who want to stay at the hotel, there are two outdoor pools and a garden space. Chill on a sun lounger or grab a coffee at the shaded bar.
For those who want to explore Évora, Dom Fernando is within walking distance of the Royal Palace, Chapel of Bones, and Praca do Giraldo. In the evenings, everyone can come together at the hotel’s restaurant.
Vila Gale Évora
Despite being a relatively recent addition to the area (it opened in 2015), Vila Gale Évora feels steeped in local culture and history. The locations helps; it’s just two minutes from the historic centre, but the designers have added inspired touches such as putting local song lyrics on the walls.
The hotel itself, however, is thoroughly modern. Its two restaurants and bars are a monochromatic delight, while the pool is the perfect place to relax (plus there are water slides for children).
Pousada Convento de Évora
Formerly a 15th century convent, Pousada Convento de Évora is an attraction in itself. Although it’s been restored for a modern audience, many of the ancient features have been kept, including beautiful vaulted ceilings.
If you can, opt for one of the six suites located in in the convent’s former dormitory, which provide a magnificent insight into 15th century living. The hotel also has a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, and a bar and is wonderfully positioned to explore the town.
Valeriana Exclusive Guest House
The former home of two pharmacists, Valeriana now aims to “harness the power of relaxation” and give their guests a stress-free stay. This charming hotel offers refined sophistication with an attractive dark blue and white colour scheme used throughout the property.
After you’ve enjoyed their daily continental breakfast, make sure to explore the local area. The majority of Évora’s biggest attractions are within walking distance include the Praca do Giraldo, Roman temple, and Inquisition Palace.
The Noble House
The Noble House has a long and storied history. First, it was a home to counts, then a school, then, in the 1920s, a hotel. Its renovation into the sophisticated boutique hotel we see today has been globally praised with national and international awards.
Providing a home-away-from-home experience, The Noble House is an ideal place to base an exploration of Évora. The town’s major attractions are all within walking distance and you’ll even receive breakfast each morning in the vaulted dining room.
Évora Olive Hotel
A sophisticated and modern hotel in the heart of the town, the Évora Olive Hotel is ideal for a business retreat or romantic break. Inside, you’ll find bright, neutral rooms which feel modern and open. In the evenings, mingle with fellow guests in the trendy, all-wood bar.
During the day, the Olive Hotel is ideally located to explore Évora. If you’re feeling like a lazy day, you can chill by the hotel pool which has shaded sun loungers.
Casa do Templo
The boutique Casa do Templo is a charming getaway ideal for a romantic city break. A relatively modern offering, it offers luxury and intimacy in equal measures. The décor is bright and airy with comfortable furnishings scattered throughout.
Based within the city walls, this boutique hotel boasts easy access to the nearby landmarks and plenty of lovely restaurants. If you don’t want to eat out, there is a shared kitchen at the hotel. In the evenings, head to the outside hot tub.
Casa do Governador
Nestled within 20 hectares of an ecological reserve, Casa do Governador offers a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with nature. When you’re not exploring the delights of Évora, wander the hotel’s extensive grounds, making friends with the local wildlife.
The hotel itself has been beautifully renovated to incorporate the agricultural heritage of the area but with a modern twist. The innovative swimming pool is a standout attraction with gently descending slope acting as the route in.
For those looking for a home-away-from-away experience, Peacock Hotel provides just that. Its bedrooms are comfortable but still stylish with curios hanging on the wall to inject some life. A shared lounge and kitchen is a great place to meet fellow travellers.
During the day, the sights of Évora are on your doorstep. The Chapel of Bones and Praca do Giraldo are 100m away. In the evenings, go to the nearby restaurants before heading to the hotel’s roof terrace to stargaze.
ZOETIC Sustainable Rooms
Eco-friendly travel lies at the heart of ZOETIC Sustainable Rooms’ offerings — ideal for an adventurer looking to reduce their impact on the earth. The hotel’s rooms are minimalist and beautiful, using natural furnishings to inject energy into the spaces.
With a shared lounge and garden, ZOETIC is perfect for young travellers looking to mingle with fellow guests. Plus, thanks to the hotel’s prime location, the town’s most popular attractions are just a short walk away.