Pousada de Évora
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- Number of rooms: 36
- Air conditioning
- 24-hour reception
- Free internet (public areas)
- Outdoor pool (seasonal)
- Safe at reception
- Room service
- Conference room
- Business centre
- Airport (138km)
Pousada de Évora – 15th & 18th century convent
The Pousada, also known as the Pousada dos Loios, stands in the heart of historic Évora. The Pousada occupies a former convent that was originally founded in 1485 and is considered one Évora’s prized historical buildings thanks to its wonderful architectural. Containing elements of Romanesque, Gothic and Manueline influences, the Pousada retains some of its original features such as its courtyard cloisters where you will find the Pousada’s seasonal outdoor pool.
The monks cells have been converted into comfortable bedrooms, each with its own style including details such as sumptuous drapes, richly covered velvet chairs and sofas, 18th century frescos and gilt mirrors.
The Pousada’s restaurant was the former monk’s cafeteria and serves up typical and delicious Alentejo cuisine.
The Pousada has free exterior parking.
The city of Évora is the capital of the Alentejo region and its historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Most of the historic centre's key attractions can be reached on foot. Its key sites include Some of the attractions which are worth visiting are Capela dos Ossos, Sé Catedral, Praça do Giraldo, Templo Romano de Évora, Igreja da Graça.
Filled with narrow streets to explore and lined by white houses, it is easy to see why this attractive city was chosen by the Kings of Portugal in the 15th century as a royal residence. Évora’s long history and well preserved historic centre showcasing excellent 16th to 18th century architecture led to its UNESCO World Heritage status.
The Sé Catedral de Évora is the largest medieval cathedral in Portugal and widely regarded as one of the most beautiful. It enjoys prime position at the highest point of the city. Dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries, the cathedral Discover the Romanesque to the Gothic and the Renaissance to the Baroque additions.
Praça do Giraldo, is a meeting point within the city is where you will find coffee shops, cafes, shops and the tourist information. One must-see is the Chafariz, a marble drinking fountain with 8 spouts representing the 8 streets that lead to the Praça.
The Templo Romano de Évora is one of the most important ruins in Portugal and sits right in front of the Pousada. At over 2000 years old, this temple was originally built in the first century when Caesar Augustus was Emperor. It has a long and eventful history having been almost destroyed in the 5th century and later serving as a bank vault and butchers to the castle in the 14th century. In the 19th century, the original design was recovered. It was claimed that the temple had been consecrated to the temple of Diana, hence it is also known as the temple of Diana.
Évora is situated in the heard of the Alentejo region, one of Portugal's most beautiful regions and famous for its wine, olive oil, marble and cork production. It is considered one of the world's most important cork-producing centres, and you cannot fail to see fields of cork trees as your drive through rolling Alentejan plains. The
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Lunch is served from 13:00 to 15.00
Dinner is served from 19.30 to 22.30
- “Açorda” soup of coriander with codfish and poached egg
- Typical Alentejo Tomato Soup with Poached Egg
- Regional Tapas
- Regional Smoked Sausages
- Scrambled eggs with asparagus over a toast of Alentejo bread
- Slice of dogfish, served with a cup of coriander and a toast of alentejo bread
- Aubergine stuffed with sautéed vegetables and fresh herbs
- Traditional alentejo style lamb stew, perfumed with mint
- Pork tenderloin with olive sauce
- Pork with sweet potatoes chips
- Pão de Rala cake
- Sericaia Cake
How to get there
From Evora train station 1. Head northeast on Av. Combatentes da Grande Guerra toward Av. Dr. Barahona (456 ft) 2. Continue onto Av. dos Combatentes da Grande Guerra (0.3 mi) 3. Turn right onto Av. Dinis Miranda/IP2 (0.1 mi) 4. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto R. Dr. António José de Almeida/E802 Continue to follow E802 Go through 3 roundabouts (0.7 mi) 5. At Largo Portas de Machede, take the 4th exit onto Av. da Universidade/E802 (0.3 mi) 6. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto R. José Estêvão Cordovil (0.1 mi) 7. Turn right onto Largo Duques do Cadaval (489 ft) 8. Turn left onto R. Francisco Soares Lusitano (276 ft) 9. Turn left onto R. das Casas Pintadas (89 ft) 10. Continue onto Largo do Marquês de Marialva (98 ft) Destination will be in front
Arraiolos - 21 Km
Alvito - 36 Km
Estremoz - 44 Km
Vila Vicosa - 72 Km
Lisbon Airport - 138 Km
Region & Cuisine
One of the largest of mainland Portugal’s five official Regions, the Alentejo occupies much of the south- central region of the country extending south from the River Tagus and bordering Spain to the east, the Algarve Region in the south and the Atlantic coast in the west.
The countryside of this essentially rural region varies considerably with fertile grasslands along the banks of the Tagus to the north-west, and numerous beautiful little villages and towns in the hills to the north-east – the land of many medieval castles. Further south the Alentejo becomes warmer and flatter and here are some of the most attractive towns in the region such as Évora, Vila Viçosa, Estremoz and Arraiolos.
Continuing south, rolling plains with huge numbers of olive and cork-oak trees – rich, fertile soil making this Portugal’s centre for agriculture, livestock and wood. And in the west, south of Lisbon, is the unspoilt coastline of the Atlantic with its magnificent long, sandy beaches and, in places, high sheer cliffs sheltering tiny coves. The climate in the Alentejo is mild overall but with regional variations – the temperature in winter in the north-east can go down to around 5ºC while mid-summer temperatures reach 33ºC or more in the south.
The two principal cities in the Alentejo are Évora and Beja. Évora – a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most beautiful cities in Portugal – is a museum city: walls surround the centre where the major landmark is the Roman Temple of Diana, and there are many splendid aristocratic houses here displaying carved doors and windows and the famous glazed tiles of Portugal – the ‘azulejos’. Beja, further south, is a fascinating city: it received its name from the occupying Moors in the 6th century, and a variety of cultures have influenced the city and its region since pre-historic times. The ‘Museu Regional da Rainha Dona Leonor’ contains a wealth of items reflecting these cultures.
Other smaller towns in the Alentejo well worth visiting are Alvito, with pre-Roman origins and whose 15th century castle is now the Pousada; Estremoz, another historic town with a 14th century castle, also now the Pousada; Vila Viçosa, best known for the production of marble of the highest quality and whose palace was an official residence of the Dukes of Bragança the last Portuguese royal family; and Arraiolos, famous for its hand-woven rugs and tapestries.
But the Alentejo is inherently rural, and this is reflected in the cuisine of this region –honest, varied and full of flavour. Particularly good are ‘ensopados de cabrito’ (kid stews), ‘carne de porco Alentejana’ (pork with coriander and clams), hare or rabbit with red beans and numerous lamb dishes. As this is Portugal there is an enormous variety of cakes and pastries; fruit, particularly melon, is of very high quality and the region produces several excellent cheeses, notably from Nisa, Serpa and Évora. The Alentejo is also an important wine-producing region – principally red wine – both in terms of its traditional full-bodied ‘earthy’ wines and latterly a newer style with intense aromas of fruit and more ‘new world’ in character.
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Pousadas of Portugal:
Children: Generally the cost of an extra bed for a child under 13 years is free (when sharing a twin/double room with 2 parents).
Half-board: Most Pousadas offer a varied 3-course 'Table d'Hote' menu from £28 per person excluding drinks, and from £37 for their Pousadas in Cascais, Porto and Lisbon.
An extensive 'a la carte' selection is available at all Pousadas, these menus change seasonally.
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