3-star Hotel / Parador
HPMO1, Moura, Portugal
Fascinating C17th convent with pool in charming town of Moura
There are thirty six, comfortable double/twin bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms, twelve of which are superior double rooms. There are also three apartments (one for four people, two for six).
All of the bedrooms are discreetly decorated, with wooden floors, high ceilings, many with full length windows with balconies and traditional, classic furniture with some antiques. Although they are all a good size, the superior rooms are more spacious and have comfortable seating.
They all have a T.V., a telephone, a radio, a desk and a hairdryer.
Some rooms are suited to those with reduced mobility.
The one bedroom apartment has a double bedroom, a living room with a double sofa bed and a table and chairs, a fully equipped kitchenette and a bathroom.
The two bedroom apartments have two twin bedrooms, a living room with a double sofa bed and a table and chairs, a fully equipped kitchenette and a bathroom.
Patio and terraces (on ground and first floor and rooftop)
Sitting room with open fireplace
Can organise boat excursions, horse riding, canoeing etc
N.B. Due to the hotel being a listed building, there is no lift.
There is an elegant, high ceilinged breakfast room with windows looking out onto the garden in the square, where a buffet breakfast is served from 7.00am – 10.30 am.
The hotel has a bar (open to the public) on the ground floor, serving hot and cold drinks and simple snacks.
Within a short walk from the hotel there are four good, regional restaurants – O Vermelhudo, O Trilho, O Tunel and Taberna O Liberato and the town has a good selection of bars and cafes.
Hotel Facilities24 Hour Reception
Tour Booking Service
Shared Lounge / TV Area
No smoking in hotel
Sports and WellbeingSwimming Pool (outdoor, seasonal)
Room facilities (all rooms)En-suite bathroom
Safe deposit box
Bar, open to the public, serving drinks and light snacks
Bar for clients only 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
ParkingOn-site parking (free)
Moura, on the left bank of the Guadiana river, on the south eastern edge of the Alentejo, amidst olive groves and wheat fields, is one of those towns that you could so easily miss. Well, don't!
Taking its name from a legend from the C13th century takeover, it is still virtually undiscovered and unspoilt. Its charm lies in its pretty, flower filled cobbled streets, its ageing castle, exquisite little Moorish quarter, simple thermal spa, well cared for museums and for its very moving Jardim de Oliveiras, a reflective space, dedicated to the Spanish poet, Miguel Hernandez, who was murdered by Franco's troops aged thirty one.
With several family run restaurants, serving delicious regional food, nicely old fashioned bars and cafes and shops, the C16th Igreja de Sao Bautista with its remarkable Manueline portal and fine C17th Sevillian tiles and its delightful Jardim de Santiago with is bandstand and good views, you will not want to leave!
Though not far away is the dramatic, Alqueva reservoir, the largest in Europe, which offers fluvial beaches, easy walking, boat excursions, fishing, canoeing and other water sports. And the interesting towns and cities – Serpa (famous for its cheese), Mertola (an open air museum), Beja (second cousin to Evora), Mourao and Monsaraz (medieval castles) and Reguengos de Monsaraz (capital of wine), all make pleasant exploration.
- Explore Moura with its Moorish quarter, C13th castle, churches and convents and museums – municipal, olive oil, sacred art, Moorish and modern jewellery and its gardens – Jardim de Oliveiras and Jardim Dr. Santiago with its thermal spa.
- Boat excursions and water sports on the nearby Alqueva reservoir.
- Visit the world'largest solar generation plant at Amareleja, the Portuguese town which receives the most hours of sun a year.
- Discover medieval Serpa, famous for its sheep's cheese and for its inhabitants' love of good food.
- Take a trip to medieval "open air museum Mertola. Spectacularly set high above the Rio Guadiana, it is particularly atmospheric every two years in May when the Islamic festival takes place.
- Don't miss out on Beja, mistakenly known as Evora's poorer cousin. Within its walls, you'll find a C13th castle, iron age relics, a Visigothic church (one of the oldest buildings in the country), Roman artefacts and the Franciscan convent, the location for the romance between a nun and a soldier "Letters of a Portuguese Nun".
- Venture to sleepy Mourao with its medieval castle, lovely fluvial beach and stunning views of the Alqueva reservoir.
- Head for Reguengos de Monsaraz (capital of wine) and visit the bodegas there and in the surrounding villages.
- Sample, wonderful, authentic regional food at the many family run restaurants throughout the region.