Convento do Espinheiro, a Luxury Collection Hotel & Spa, Evora
Convento do Espinheiro · Evora7000 · Portugal 
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Environmental Practices

As well as its concern for the well-being of all its guests, Convento do Espinheiro is concerned also with protecting the environment and leaving a legacy which may last for many, many years.

During the time when Hieronymus monks inhabited this 15th century monument, the convent was completely auto-sufficient. Today, one of Convento do Espinheiro, A Luxury Collection Hotel & Spa’s main projects is the recovery of the convent’s herb garden, where several products of biological agriculture have been introduced, therefore, totally abolishing the use of chemicals. These are the herbs which are used by our cooks to give flavour to the delicious recipes served at our restaurant, Divinus.

All the kitchen leftovers, as well as fallen leaves gathered by our gardeners, are put together in combustion tanks so as to be later used as fertilizer for the convent’s gardens. Also, with the recovery of the ancient aqueduct, we have started to use the water from our wells for watering the gardens, thus making us completely auto-sufficient in terms of irrigation, which in itself is very beneficial in a region where the average rainfall is around 700 mm/year. Substitution of semi-tropical plants for Mediterranean plants, more adapted to our climate also helps to minimize the amount of watering.

With environmental protection in mind, many other policies have been adopted by Convento do Espinheiro, such as: substitution of normal lamps for economizing lamps, installation of solar panels for heating purposes, and regular information for associates regarding energy-saving best practices.

 
Energy & Water Conservation:
  • High-efficiency lighting in guestrooms
  • High-efficiency lighting in public areas
  • Occupancy sensors
  • Water conserving fixtures
  • Smart irrigation practices
  • Regular preventive maintenance
  • Make A Green Choice program rewards guests for choosing to conserve natural resources in their guest room
Waste Minimization & Environmentally Responsible Purchasing:
  • Recycling
  • Organic waste composting
  • Amenity management
  • Alternatives to plastic bottled water
  • Sustainable food and beverage options
Enhanced Indoor Environmental Quality:
  • Green Housekeeping
  • Integrated pest management practices
Raising Awareness:
  • Sustainable Meetings Practices
Please note that some of the sustainability initiatives above may be in process of being implemented and may not be available in some areas of the facility.
 
Convento do Espinheiro, A Luxury Collection Hotel & Spa has the pleasure to anounce that it has been certified as level 5 by Five-Leaf System - Think green when you travel
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DISCOVER THE ALENTEJO

Let the Convento do Espinheiro, Hotel & Spa be your ideal starting point to explore everything and plan a few days just for you and your family. Our concierge will be at your service to prepare a roadmap for exploring the charming Alentejo region.

A Landmark of the History of Portugal and only an hour away from Lisbon international Airport, this magnificent boutique hotel of The Luxury Collection brand, where the present bears witness to a historic past, enjoy moments of pure pleasure and relaxation. Come and discover it...

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The Alentejo is, without any doubt, a Destination that marks the difference in terms of experiences, it is a destination of excellence which offers History, breathtaking scenery, gastronomy, excellent wines and numerous experiences which will put you in the mood to get lost in the region...
Dominating the Alentejo plain lies Évora, city of an outstanding beauty, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO since 1986. With a diversified offer, not only historical and cultural heritage, but also in terms of gastronomy and wines, here you can discover the true flavors of the regional gastronomy, in the numerous restaurants hidden in medieval streets, surrounded by Roman walls. Enjoy an authentic open-air museum, during a hike or a pleasant carriage ride.
GIRALDO SQUARE. Central Square inside the histirical centre. Arcades, fountain and church Sto. Antão (XVI cent). Tourist Office. 5 de Outubro Street (shopping, arts and craft and restaurants).

CATHEDRAL. Monumental Roman-Gothic building. Cloister and Sacred Art Museum.

CONDE VILA FLOR SQUARE. Ruins of the Roman Temple (1st cent). City Museum, Public Library, Loiso Church and Convent. Palace of the Dukes of Cadaval. Horse and cariage tours.

OLD CASTLE. Late Roman Walls. Palace of the Earls of Basto

UNIVERSITY / JESUIT COLLEGE. Holy Spirit Church (XVI). Main Cloister and the class rooms (XVII cent)

MOURA`S SQUARE GATETowers from the Roman Gate. Manuelina-Mudejar window from the house of Garcia de Resende (XVI cent). Shopping, services and restaurants.
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SERTÓRIO SQUARE / PORTA NOVA SQUARE. City Hall building. Raman Baths. Salvador Church and Convent. Art and craft, shopping and services.

CHURCH OF GRAÇA. Renaissance façade (XVI). Convent Cloister.

S. FRANCISCO´S SQUARE. Royal Church of S. Francisco. Gothic Cloister. Chapel of the Bones. Centre of traditional Arts

PUBLIC GARDEN. Palace of D. Manuel (surviving building from the residence of the Portuguese Kings). Lost ruins and medieval walls. 

SILVER WATER AQUEDUCT. Monumental (1533-37)

ALMENDRES MEGALITHIC SITE. This is the largest megalithic monument in the Iberian Peninsula and one of the oldest of Humanity´s monuments in Europe (V M. BC).
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Destination Alentejo

For a more relaxing day, why not visit some of the picturesque Alentejo towns and villages such as Monsaraz, Arraiolos, Estremoz, Borba and Vila Viçosa, not forgetting the wonderful Alqueva artificial lake – the largest in Europe which was also the first in the world to be a certified reserve for stargazing.
There are various leisure activities, such as the wineries that offer wine tastings and  regional products of extremely high quality, as well as pleasant horseback ridinghunting or fishing tours, safariscanoeingballoon rides, a kart race, or even a parachute jump. The clock Museum, the Évora Museum or Palace of Cadaval.  Évora has so much to offer you ...
Alentejo was voted the best wine region to visit in the world!

USA Today, one of the best-selling newspapers in the US, has held an online survey to elect the world’s best wine region to visit. Among the 20 nominated regions, the Alentejo took a firm first place, setting it far from the second most voted region. 

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Some Wineries of Alentejo

CARTUXA WINERY: The fabulous Cartuxa winery presents an outstanding wine offer. Wines such as the Pera Manca, Cartuxa  or EA, have the ability to provide you with a unique experience...

HERDADE DO ESPORÃO: The Convento do Espinheiro suggests a visit to the historic Herdade do Esporão. Its Wine is integrated in the World Wine Route and was the first to be certified in Portugal. Let yourself be carried away by flavours and aromas of wines and oils of quality.

HERDADE DOS GROUS: We recommend a guided tour with a wine tasting session, as well as its restaurant.

Guided tours around Évora

The Guided tour of the Historic Centre of Évora, daily, at 10:0 in the morning, in front of the Tourist Office at Praça do Giraldo, will take you to: Cathedral, Roman temple, Largo das Portas de Moura, S. Francisco church and the Bone Chapel.

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Equestrian centre of the Herdade da Mata

Learn how to set up or improve your riding with an instructor and with new facilities.  Herdade da Mata facilities meet the perfect conditions for the practice of horsebackriding.

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