One of Portugal’s best cities to visit, Évora, is only 1.5 hours away from Lisbon by train. Although some may consider making it a day trip to the capital of the Alentejo, it is wise to plan for a few extra nights.
With its UNESCO medieval sites, delightful regional foods and wineries to visit, Évora will keep you busy for two days or more.
To immerse yourselves in the local culture and tradition, Vitória Stone Hotel offers the perfect Alentejano experience. With sophisticated architecture and design rooted in the region, Vitória Stone Hotel pays a tribute to genuine Alentejo.
With a gourmet restaurant serving the flavors of the region, the Vitória Stone Hotel is the best Évora Hotel to eat your way through Alentejo.
The Perfect Alentejo Hotel in Évora – Vitória Stone Hotel
The Vitória Stone Hotel goes far beyond a name. It is a beautiful sanctuary born from an immense passion for the Alentejo region. It is rooted in the traditional, without leaving sophistication aside. This boutique hotel has 48 rooms spread out over three floors.
Staying at a hotel that offers a slice of the true life on Alentejo as well as an award winning gastronomic restaurant, were two of the key reasons that attracted us to Vitória Stone Hotel.
As soon as we walked in, we were immediately struck by the sophisticated design, with imposing granite stones and rustic elements. The warm colors and subdued tones welcomed and immediately put us at ease.
Warm and Cozy Rooms
Our room was cozy and warmly decorated. Featuring high ceilings and a private balcony, the room felt much larger in size. Modern conveniences with wifi, English language TV channels, small luxuries like robes, slippers and L’Occitane bath products, we felt right at home.
Our only disappointment is that we did not have a king or queen bed. The hotel had run out of rooms and instead gave us a room with twin beds. Book early to avoid the same mistake. Lesson learned!
Infinity Pool & Fitness Center
To stay active and relaxed, Vitória Stone Hotel offers a fitness center, sauna, spa services and infinity pool on the rooftop terrace.
The infinity pool offers panoramic views over the historic center of Évora. This is a great spot to lounge by the pool or take a dip in the hot summer months. Our only regret is that we did not have enough time to fully enjoy the pool. We could have lounged by the infinity pool all day!
While small, the fitness center is well equipped and the perfect place to work off all the delicious Alentejo food. With treadmills and free weights and expansive glass windows, we worked up a sweat overlooking the surrounding area.
Award Winning 5amêndoas Restaurant
Finding a restaurant that is part of an hotel, with a unique character is not common. At Vitória Stone Hotel, the 5amêndoas Restaurant has made a name for itself.
With a focus on local products from the Alentejo region, 5amêndoas Restaurant prioritizes partnerships with small local producers. You will find local cheeses, sausages, olive oils, black pork, herbs, wines and much more.
Under the command of the innovative Chef Duval Ferreira, 5amêndoas was awarded the Best Mediterranean Traditional Restaurant in 2016. The signature dish, black pork from Alentejo, is the one dish we were most excited to try.
Sopa de Bacalhau con Migas
As the restaurant celebrates the local flavors of Portugal, it was no surprise to see bacalhau or codfish on the menu. There are over 365 ways of eating bacalhau in Portugal and the restaurant has its own delicious version.
In huge soup bowl, perfect for sharing, was a fleshy and tender piece of bacalhau placed on top of migas or bread dish, swimming in a light coriander flavored broth.
The fresh coriander flavors exploded in the mouth. The texture of the migas combined with the soft codfish was simply delightful. The perfect blend of local Portuguese flavors.
A Signature Dish Made with the Famous Black Pork from Alentejo
We could not miss this dish that was instrumental in the restaurant receiving the Mediterranean Award. The black pork or porco preto is the most popular meat in Alentejo cuisine.
What makes the pork so tender and flavorful is that the pigs are allowed to roam freely, grazing on acorns from the oak trees. In this dish, we had the plumas or pork shoulder. The black pork is grilled, served with sweet Potato lightly sauteed and a broad beans puree.
The meat was literally melting in the mouth with a tender and juicy texture. The sweet and savory combination of the sides made for the perfect accompaniment.
It is a truly amazing dish that deserves the recognition!
A Trilogy of Delicious Conventual Desserts to Share
For the sweet course, 5amêndoas Restaurant offers a trio of traditional conventual desserts to please your sweet tooth. These desserts are made in the tradition of the conventual desserts with lots of sweet and egg yolks.
To start, we had the Encharcada de Évora, a creamy and soft dessert served with cinnamon on top. It is mostly made of lots of egg yolks and sugar. Battered and mixed with water, the ingredients are then cooked in a pan and served with cinnamon.
The second dessert was the 5amêndoas Restaurant Marble. This dessert is made with almonds, egg yolk and sugar.
And finally, the traditional Sericaia dessert, a typical Alentejano dessert from the convents of Elvas, a city east of Évora. It is an egg pudding dessert, made with the traditional recipe including wheat flour, sugar and egg yolk ingredients.
This was our favorite dessert with a smooth texture and a nice sweet finish.
To finish the meal, 5amêndoas Restaurant offers 5 caramelized almonds to their guest inspired by an old Alentejo wedding tradition. Each almond represents a wish for: health, longevity, fertility, prosperity, and happiness!
Local Alentejo Drinks
Vinhas Velhas Alentejo Wine
The Alentejo region has numerous vineyards that date back to the Middle Ages. Wines from the region are very popular in Lisbon cafés and restaurants and found on wine lists all over the country.
With our meal, we enjoyed a delicious bottle of red wine, Vinhas Velhas, from one of the most renowned Portuguese winemakers from the Alentejo region. The wine had notes of plum and wild berries and a slight touch of spice. Not too strong, the perfect wine for the pork and Miga dishes.
Pennyroyal Digestif to End the Meal
Pennyroyal is an herb found in the Alentejo fields. It’s a very popular herb that grows like coriander in the region.
When it’s harvested, it’s essence is distilled into a light aromatic liquor. We had it as a digestif after our meal and were quite surprised by its fresh taste. In the mouth, the flavors are minty and the taste surprisingly not too strong.
One great way to experience an area like a local is to live like a local. The Vitória Stone Hotel offers you the best of the Alentejo region. The unique decor using elements from the region and the friendly staff, you can comfortably refer to the hotel as your home away from home in Alentejo.
The food at the award-winning restaurant 5amêndoas Restaurante is exceptional. With ingredients sourced from small regional producers, you can enjoy the local and authentic flavors of the region. The breakfast buffet deserves a special mention. Find a large variety of fresh fruits, local bread and cheeses, meats and much more.
The Vitória Stone Hotel is the best Évora hotel to immerse yourself in the local culture and gastronomy
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Address: Rua Diana de Lis 5, 7005-413 Évora, Portugal
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