Pousada de Évora – 16th-century convent
This Pousada stands in the heart of the historic centre of Évora, 130km east of Lisbon and a city classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Originally a convent founded in 1485, the Pousada is one of Évora’s historic gems, with elements of Romanesque, Gothic and Manueline architecture. Inside, although the bedrooms are small (reminding us of its monastic history!), the Pousada is extremely luxurious. There are sumptuous drapes, richly covered velvet chairs and sofas, 18th-century frescos, and gilt mirrors. The restaurant is located in the monastery’s cloisters, and there is also a swimming pool.