Our Trip to Spain and Portugal: Evora Part 1

Evora, Portugal

We were sad to leave Spain, but we were looking forward to Évora.

Évora is a quaint and lovely town in the middle of Portugal, about an hour and a half east of Lisbon.

If you're going to Lisbon, you really should plan a trip to Évora, which is in the Alentejo region in the south-central part of the country. It's relaxing, beautiful, and they have fabulous wine and great restaurants. The Alentejo region is famous for its wines and gastronomy.

Évora is also an UNESCO World Heritage Site, due to its old town center and lots of historical monuments, including a Roman Temple.

Albergaria Do Calvario

We were lucky beyond words to find Albergaria Do Calvário. I've stayed at a lot of hotels and bed and breakfasts in my lifetime, and this place is without a doubt in the top 10. Maybe even the top 5. Yes, this includes luxury hotels around the world.

Albergaria Do Calvario

What sets Albergaria Do Calvário apart?

First of all, it's ridiculously charming.

Albergaria Do Calvario

Albergaria Do Calvario

Albergaria Do Calvario

Albergaria Do Calvario

But the thing that really blew me away about Albergaria Do Calvário was the out-of-this-world customer service.

Albergaria Do Calvario

We felt pampered and lovingly attended to the entire time we were there. It was a home away from home — but better, because we could just relax and take it easy.

The moment we stepped out of our rental car, there were people all around, offering to take our bags, park our car, fetch us glasses of wine, find a restaurant for us for dinner.

It's all about the little things at Albergaria Do Calvário. For example, because we stayed 3 nights (or maybe it was 4?), we got free laundry service.

Albergaria Do Calvario

The couple who runs the hotel are a husband and wife team, Peter and Nina. He is originally from Los Angeles, and she is Brazillian.

Albergaria Do Calvario

Peter and Nina are foodies and even better, they especially love and support organic and natural food. Just wait until you see the breakfast buffet (coming in the next post). Seriously, people, I've never seen anything like this breakfast buffet in my life. We felt like royalty.

Peter and Nina also have a whole list of restaurants in Évora, and you can pretty much walk to any of them — it's not a big town.

The first night we were there, after we relaxed with a glass of wine in the common area, we took Peter's suggestion and ate at Adega do Alentejano.

Adega do Alentejano

This place did not disappoint.

Adega Do Alentejano

If I lived there, I'd eat there every week.

Adega Do Alentejano

The food was amazing, the wine was fantastic (not to mention cheap), and the service was wonderful. (That's our waiter below.)

Adega Do Alentejano

We had some amazing local cheese and bread to start.

I ordered a dish of local pork, clams and potatoes. Along with some local red wine.

Adega Do Alentejano

It was divine!

Evora, Portugal

After dinner we walked home, slept soundly in our cool (air-conditioned), dark room, and woke up to the sound of a rooster crowing — followed by the most sumptuous hotel breakfast ever.

Can you say pastured eggs, freshly squeezed organic juice, homemade bread, and local honey and jam? (Read about it in my next post.)

Stay tuned for the next installment — Evora, Portugal Part 2.

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11 thoughts on “Our Trip to Spain and Portugal: Evora Part 1

  1. It was my FAVORITE town in Portugal when we went in 2008. We stayed three days and it wasn’t enough. So glad you liked the local cheese!

  2. I came to see your Portugal notes, because I’m going next summer, with Joyce Fetteroll, to stay with Marta Pires in Lisbon and have a little gathering with unschoolers! 🙂

    1. Hi, Sandra! <3 <3 <3

      Hugs to you!

      I was moved by this post today written by a friend of mine:

      https://kellythekitchenkop.com/2012/08/my-world-is-rocked-i-need-your-thoughts-on-unschooling-and-on-giving-kids-free-reign-on-screen-time.html

      I was especially moved by the comments. They made me sad. (I commented but the author has not approved it yet -- it was too long! Epic!)

      I'm working on a pro-unschooling post now called Why We Don't Limit Screen Time.

      Stay tuned! (Ha, get it?)

  3. I just returned from 2 weeks in Portugal and I wanted to say thank you for these posts recommending Albergaria do Calvário and Évora. We stayed at Albergaria do Calvário our first night in Portugal (next time we’ll stay longer) and it got our trip off to an incredible start! I am so glad your posts convinced me to check out Évora. I agree, Albergaria do Calvário is one of the best hotels I have ever stayed at. Obrigada!

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