Convento do Espinheiro

Évora, Portugal


Portugal is home to some of the most fantastic hotels in the world. How come?

We discovered that it became a normal thing in Portugal to run hotels in historical places. One such hotel is the Convento do Espinheiro, just outside Évora in Alentejo.

From Lisbon, it’s just a one-hour drive. It quickly became our weekend getaway spot when we felt we need to clear our minds.

You arrive at Convento do Espinheiro and you feel set back in time. If you stay in the old quarters – as we always do – then you’ll stay exactly where the Monks used to live. Or, if you go for the suite, where the kings resided.

On our last visit, I noticed the fantastic light at breakfast and the cloudless sky. I thought this would be an excellent contrast to the spotless white walls of the Convento. Thus, I set out to create this little series.


Convento do Espinheiro Hotel
Entrance to Convento do Espinheiro
Convento Espinheiro Entrance
Main entrance in the first courtyard
Aqueduct of the convent
Aqueduct of the Convento Espinheiro and the modern annex to the hotel
Bar at Convento do Espinheiro
Hotel bar in the inner courtyard of the old convent
Convento Espinheiro Courtyard View
This is the view we had right when leaving our suite on the upper floor.
Convento Espinheiro historical relicts
Walking through the Convento sets you back in time
Convento do Espinheiro Library
Library of the Convento do Espinheiro. Did you notice that the paintings are portraits of dogs?
Convento Espinheiro Church Interior
Interior of the Convento do Espinheiro church. Thanks to the hotel, it’s being kept in very good shape.
Convento Espinheiro Church Detail
Zooming in to the central piece above the altar of the church
Divinus Restaurant Entrance
Entrance to the Divinus Restaurant. The monks used to store wine in these vessels.

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Nico Trinkhaus

Nico Trinkhaus

Nico Trinkhaus is the mind-blind photographer, using cameras to create visions and memories that otherwise would be lost to him.

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