Imagine a wedding in one of Portugal’s most ancient and beautiful cities. Évora lies at the heart of the vast Alentejo region, a UNESCO World Heritage site and area of outstanding natural beauty. It’s also home to the historic Convento do Espinheiro – one of the city’s most spectacular hotels and wedding venues.
The Convento dates back to the 15th century, when an apparition of the Virgin Mary appeared above a thorn bush (espinheiro in Portuguese) in around 1400. A shrine, church and convent were built to honour the event over the course of the following century. And over the next several centuries, the convent was visited by Portuguese royalty and nobility many times.
In the last few years of the 20th century, the convent (no longer in use for religious purposes) began the process of being turned into the region’s first five star hotel. Today, the Convento do Espinheiro is one of just two Luxury Collection hotels in Portugal.
Situated just outside the city and sitting in eight hectares of beautiful gardens, the Convento has maintained it’s ancient charm but added some luxury features – it’s the perfect combination of old and new. There are 90 rooms, stunning event facilities and a spa – making it the perfect size for wedding celebrations. Plus, couples can even get married in the church on site, which has been painstakingly restored to its former glory – complete with iconic Portuguese hand painted tiles and engravings.
If you’re looking for a venue that combines the historic charm and beauty of Portugal with the modern convenience and comfort of a luxury hotel venue then the Convento do Espinheiro ticks all the right boxes. Celebrate your special day in an exquisite venue creating memories that you and your guests will never forget.