4-star Hotel / Parador
HEVO1, Évora, Portugal
Delightful hotel within city walls of historical Évora
Tucked inside the medieval city walls near the aqueduct, in the enchanting and fascinating city of Evora with its vast array of historical sights, this 16th century olive mill is now a delightful small, elegant and friendly hotel.
With well-appointed spacious, modern rooms, lovely sitting areas with just the right blend of antique and contemporary furniture, a pleasant garden patio and many original parts of the building still intact, it retains the charm of an old house.
Particularly endearing are its wonderful staff who will go out of their way to assist you, from organising a tour to one of the 50 wineries in the local region, giving great recommendations for days out or simply producing a pile of homemade pancakes at your whim! Nothing is too much for them.
The amazing breakfasts too, using locally sourced organic produce, from five different types of bread to free range eggs, are amongst the region's best.
From this quiet corner, it is an easy walk to all the mesmerising sights, little shops and tempting restaurants in the Évora.
The hotel is also very well placed for trips further afield in the beautiful region of the Alentejo – to the hilltop fortress towns of Monsaraz, Marvao and Castelo Vide, to the pottery towns of El Corval and Redondo, to the "marble towns" of Vila Viçosa and Estremoz, to Comporta for a day on the beach, to Arraiolos and its traditional carpets, to megaliths galore and to UNESCO World Heritage, Elvas, with the oldest British war cemetery from the Napoleonic Wars! You will find it hard to tear yourself away!
There are 22 good sized, double/twin bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms. With contemporary decor and furnishings, they are light, relaxing and very comfortable with very good quality bedlinen. The colourful woven headboards are made with wool from Arraiolos by a local artist.
All the rooms have a mini- fridge, a complimentary bottle of water, a safe, a hairdryer, T.V. with cable channels and air conditioning.
Classic Rooms: 20m2. Twin or double beds.
Superior rooms: 25m2. Twin or double beds. Comfy reading chair.
Premium rooms: 35m2. Twin or double beds. Sitting area with a sofa.
Parking – garage and open air (extra charge)
Several comfy sitting areas and a lovely terrace
The hotel prides itself on its excellent breakfast which is served between 8 – 10.30 am in the breakfast room, out on the terrace or in your room.
With fresh locally sourced organic produce, it includes five different types of bread, cakes and pastries, fresh fruit salad, several fresh fruit juices, cereals and different seeds, hams and cheeses, french toast, pancakes, and free-range eggs (done in a variety of ways) and bacon! Also fresh organic coffee and a range of teas and infusions.
There is a snack bar providing a delicious light lunch and snacks throughout the day. Again using locally sourced ingredients, the menu includes soups, salads, sandwiches etc.
There is also a bar serving hot and cold drinks throughout the day – just ask at reception.
They also offer special diet menus on request and packed lunches if required.
For other meals, the staff will give you good recommendations for restaurants in Évora and further afield.
In Évora, one place we can recommend for good quality cuisine and a friendly atmosphere is Vinho e Noz, just outside the walls in the south of the city.
Hotel Facilities24 Hour Reception
Tour Booking Service
WiFi all areas
Shared Lounge / TV Area
No smoking in hotel
Sports and WellbeingBicycle hire
Room facilities (all rooms)En-suite bathroom
Fridge / Minibar
Shower over bathtub
Safe deposit box
Bars / restaurants within walking distance of the hotel
Bar with terrace, open to the public, serving drinks and light snacks
AccessibilityFacilities adapted for guests with reduced mobility
Room(s) adapted for guests with reduced mobility
Parking space adapted for guests with reduced mobility
ParkingGarage parking (extra charge)
PetsPets allowed by prior arrangement - please consult
Conquered by the Romans in 59BC and of great importance in Roman Lusitania (witness to which the fine second century temple that stands to this day), and subsequently occupied by Visigoths and Moors, who gave the town its street layout and defensive walls, it´s easy to see why Évora enjoys the status of World Heritage Site.
In medieval times an elaborate cathedral with delightful cloisters and several palaces were added and later the University, which gives the city a lively atmosphere still, and the attractive main square which forms the social hub.
Set above the Alentejo plain (hence its strategic importance), Évora is a superb base to explore all the treasures the region has to offer. Neolithic monuments and small family-run wineries are just nearby. The potteries of Redondo a little further and a day trip to Marvão and the fortress towns in the mountains near the border with Spain are quite feasible.The 2nd century Templo Romano – dedicated to Diana – or maybe Julius Caesar?
- Town walls built atop Roman fortifications.
- The Manueline- Gothic charms of the Igreja de São Francisco.
- 16th Century Aqueducto de Água de Prata.
- Museo do Évora – all the phases of Évora's history in an elegant, cloistered setting.
- The main square, historic Praça do Giraldo and the Judería (Jewish Quarter) leading off.
- Évora University – dating back to 155
- And an endless list of palaces, churches and convents…
- Discover Portugal's best red wines on the Rota dos Vinhos do Alentejo – well marked, ask for a guide in the tourist office.
- Megalithic monuments – guided visits available with 'Ebora Megalithica'.
- Visit the nearby wonderful "marble towns of Estremoz, Borba and Vila Vicosa.