Convento da Provença

Top choice heritage hotel in Portalegre

Mother Superior may not have approved of this out-of-town luxury sleeping option, but we do. This renovated former convent has an austere white exterior, but its interior is another story. Shiny sabres and suits of armour fill the grand lounge and entrance. Spacious rooms and suites are decorated with masculine hues and stylish wooden trimmings. All have lovely green views.

The Convento is 5km north of Portalegre at Monte Paleiros on the N359 road to Marvão, and the last stretch is along a (signed) dirt road. There’s a massive games room, and orange and persimmon trees dot the property. Light meals are available with advance warning.