Borneo Bulletin about our favorite places to stay 🙂
On our first visit to Portugal 25 years ago we rented a car and cruised around the country. We didn’t really have a plan – and except for one or two hotels we hadn’t booked any before our arrival. One of our favorite ways to explore a country is hunting hotels – so we had lots of opportunities to stop and stay the places we found the most romantic.
So imagine my surprise when I woke up a few hours ago to a media up-date from Brunei on the other side of the world with a feature about a pousada under construction in a 17th century old monastery in Elva only 2 hours drive from Lisbon towards the Spanish border.
Our first Portuguese favorite hotels were pousadas converted palaces, castles, convents and monasteries.
So thanks a lot to Borneo Bulletin for bringing back a lot of fantastic memories
Isn’t the world fantastic 🙂
Portugal leases empty monasteries to boost tourism
ELVAS, Portugal – The star-shaped walls of the hilltop town of Elvas dominate the plains of Portugal’s southern Alentejo region near the border with Spain.
But despite being declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2012, Elvas receives few visitors aside from the occasional Spanish day-tripper.
To try to change this, Portugal’s second largest hotel group, Vila Gale, is spending around five million euros (US$6 million) to convert a former convent into a luxury hotel.