Convento Santo António, Tavira

Lonely Planet Review

  • Regis St. Louis
  • Lonely Planet author

This is one of the most atmospheric places to stay in Tavira. This 17th-century convent was converted to a luxury guesthouse in the 1990s, and offers seven antique-filled rooms overlooking peaceful grounds. Although some elements of the convent's deeply religious past have been excised, there are still vestiges from its spiritual days.

The main entry hall has marble floors and is sprinkled with rich tapestries and dark, brooding oil paintings. Unfortunately, the furnishings are more modern and don't quite suit the classic setting, an error which the guestrooms sensibly avoid. There, through the narrow archways, you'll find antique filled rooms with elegant furnishings and old-world ambience. The rooms overlook the orange groves stretching off behind the former convent. A few things to keep in mind: most of the rooms are sizeable, but several are too small to warrant the price. Also, the guesthouse has a minimum stay requirement: four nights in summer, two nights in winter and three nights in spring and autumn.

This former convent has lots of ambience, with antique-filled corridors and attractive grounds. Rooms themselves are furnished in a classic style, though some are too small to warrant the price.

An inauspicious area, but seek out a tiny door in the ancient wooden gate_ it leads to a dazzling white convent surrounded by banana plants and a pool to laze by.

Inside is a Lusitanian feast of hand-crafted terracotta, rich alcobaca fabrics and carefully chosen paintings. The seven bedrooms vary in size and have a spiritual-like charm. The lounge and bar are just as special, and entirely candlelit at night. It is a peaceful place, and your host Isabel is a delight.








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