With low doors and high ceilings, this former convent will give you the feeling of relaxation - it has comfortable sofas and appealing armchairs in various places, but also numerous decorative pieces belonging to the state's cultural and historic heritage. Between vaults, ogives, stairs and doorjambs, stroll along the wrought iron candelabrums and find yourself transported to a faraway time and place.
This Pousada is absolutely unique in its form and presentation. The days you will spend here will leave behind many great memories which you will always look back on fondly. After all, it is not every day that you wake up to find one of the best preserved sites in ancient history: a Roman temple, mistakenly known by many as the temple of Diana, is situated just outside this Pestana Historic Hotel. The stern presence of these stones, perennial and silent witnesses to the unceasing flow of time, will help you put the hectic and rushed nature of your own everyday life in perspective. It is easy to let time pass more slowly here.
The old slabs, worn out by years and years of being trodden on by monks deep in meditation, were restored to echo their footsteps. Come in and a porter will come to help you carry your bags or even help you find a place to park your car. A bar with a roaring fireplace in the winter and a staircase decorated with a huge and impressive tapestry of Arraiolos welcome you to this cosy monastic abode.
It is no coincidence that the place where the swimming pool and the rest areas are located also harbours the castle's hidden door that offers a view of its original walls and tower. This constant shift between the past and the present is something that you will come to experience often during your stay. If you are looking for a great place to rest and take a nap, the reading area on the first floor terrace is perfect.
Discover the terrace covered by ancient vine which is the perfect place to spend many relaxing hours reading in the cool shade, or perhaps to enjoy breakfast or a romantic dinner. The restaurant in the cloisters with its orange trees is sumptuously decorated with antique furniture and wrought iron lamps that give your evenings a romantic, dreamy atmosphere that makes you feel like you are living in a fairy tale.
Have breakfast in the former meditation area for monks, or host a private dinner in Diana's room. The room's pulpit is historically authentic and has been there all the way back when the convent was constructed. You can also take your meal in the chapter room and treat yourself to a dessert buffet.
Although formerly occupied by a hospital support order, this place doesn't seem all that ascetic because of its beautifully decorated amenities. But the truth is that the magnificence of Évora's bush-hammered granite staircases and doorjambs is what makes your stay here so special. These architectural wonders remind you that your presence here is both a unique experience but also something you share with all the people that have already been here before you over many centuries past.
The details all around you in this place are full of surprises and will make for an unforgettable holiday experience. This former convent will serve as a starting point for an extraordinary journey during which you'll come to discover all the treasures of Évora - after all, you are staying in an area that has been recognised as a world heritage site by UNESCO.