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We encourage our guests to explore themselves, discover the local culture and natural beauty, on an eclectic voyage that stimulates the senses and intellect in a single destination.

Celebrating what makes each person unique, we provide personalised concierge services to address each guest’s desire.

No request is too great and no detail too small.  We are here to assist you.

For reservations and other enquiries contact us on: hello@convento.pt or if you prefer to talk to our concierge directly you can call +351 9637 12211













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Our host/concierge can help with a wide range of services and activities. Our concierge can help create customised experiences and activities for an inclusive and immersive cultural experience.



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    A temple to photography
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    Museum Casa dos Patudos
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    Caves of Mira D'Aire
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    Almourol Castle
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    Legends and Secrets of Knights Templar



  • About our location - Ribatejo


    With Lisbon at its mouth, the Tagus River crosses Portugal in half. If you move along the river from Lisbon you find yourself in the rural lesser-visited Ribatejo area, the heart and soul of Portugal. Literally meaning the shore along the Tejo (the Tagus River), Ribatejo is the nation’s richest agricultural and grazing grounds.

    Here you will find the Portuguese soul and history written in people’s faces and juxtaposing anachronisms of bygone days and modern life. Free ranging bull and horse herds, between small villages hidden amongst rice-fields and oak tree forests, seem lost to the passing of time.

    The fertile land, green meadows and olive groves pave the landscape for the monasteries, gothic churches and imposing castles that punctuate the hilltops aligned towards the somewhat mythical Unesco World Heritage Site of Tomar, providing a canvas of intense possibilities for those with a keen eye and curious mind.

    In the proximity of Convento Inn, Unesco World Heritage sites, gothic churches, castles, monasteries and the mysteries of the Knights Templar are just a few of the secret treasures that can be found linked to our history and the Golden Age of Portuguese discoveries.
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    the SALT OF THE EARTH
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    The GRAPES OF TEJO
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    The OLIVE OIL
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    The LUSITANO HORSE
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    The WILD BULL
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    The CORK AK FORESTS
A temple to photography

A temple to photography

Carlos Relvas unique house, is the most perfect photography studio ever made, and the only one of its kind worldwide.  A true temple dedicated to image and the art of photography.  The transparency and elegance of its architecture joins glass and iron together with art and technology in a magnificent effect.

A monument and extraordinary patrimony that brought him international renown.   A man of talent and charisma, Carlos Relvas was a pioneer of ideas in his time.  Passionate about photography he was also an accomplished inventor, musician, sportsman as well as a highly regarded politician, farmer and horse-breeder.

Museum Casa dos Patudos

Museum Casa dos Patudos

The Museum Casa dos Patudos, was the former residence of José Relvas, a statesman who became famous as the man who proclaimed the Portuguese Republic on October 5th, 1910.  Here you can find a large collection of Portuguese and European paintings, including several from Dutch and Flemish masters of the 16th and 17th centuries.

Throughout his life Relvas was an avid art collector.  The museum contains his collection of fine paintings, sculptures, furniture, ceramics and silk tapestries.  Within this impressive collection are many pieces that once belonged in the Convento.  Among these are the Manueline Crowns and Armillary Spheres that were given to the Convento by king Manuel I himself, as a token of his appreciation for the simplicity and serenity of the place upon his visit in 1519.

Caves of Mira D'Aire

Caves of Mira D'Aire

The entrance to the caves sits 300m above sea level, and inside they reach a depth of over 180m.  Their formation goes back 150 million years to the Middle Jurassic age, when dinosaurs populated the Earth. 

The caves are lit in such way as to emphasise the strange limestone formations, shaped over millions of years, with beautiful stalagmites and stalactites, waterfalls and underground lakes.  The descent into this magnificent underworld  is an unforgettable experience.

Almourol Castle

Almourol Castle

Almourol Castle is situated on a rocky islet in the middle of the Tagus River.  It is one of the most emblematic and significant medieval military monuments, which best evokes the memory of the Knights Templar in Portugal. 

Located just a few kilometres away from Convento, the castle was part of the defensive line controlled by the order.  Accessible by a short boat ride it is a lovely place to enjoy the autumn colours over the horizon.

Legends and Secrets of Knights Templar

Legends and Secrets of Knights Templar

The Convent of Christ in Tomar, was the last Templar stronghold.  The convent and castle complex is a historic and cultural monument listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Here what you are about to discover is an architectural artefact, a relic of the mystery that shrouds the legends concerning lost treasures and secrets handed down to the select few, from ancient times.

The Knights Templars were a secret society whose true purpose remains a mystery.  Their story is one that has captured the fascination and curiosity of people throughout the ages.  When the order was dissolved in the 14th century the Portuguese branch was turned into the Knights of the Order of Christ, that later supported Portugal's maritime discoveries of the 15th century.

the SALT OF THE EARTH

the SALT OF THE EARTH

At the slope of a small mountain, as if by magic little mounts of salt reflect the sun like snowflakes.  Here, away from the coast, Salt springs from the Earth.  Memories of an Ancient Sea that bring life to the ancestral stories and telluric character of this place.

The GRAPES OF TEJO

The GRAPES OF TEJO

Wine has been produced on the banks of the the Tagus River, for around two thousand years.  Ribatejo is heralded as one of the oldest wine producing regions in Portugal, and vineyards have graced the banks of the Tagus River since Roman times.

Sharing the land with ancient villages, olive groves and cork forests, the Tejo wineries – each with its own unique story and style – are united by a common goal to produce high-quality wines expressive of the land on which the grapes are grown. The resulting wines embody the enthusiasm, commitment and collaborative nature of an impassioned Portuguese people who believe in the very special terroir that defines the Tejo region.    Old World heritage is being combined with fresh, forward-thinking approaches to wine production. The results are wines that appeal to modern-day wine sensibilities and enjoyment.

Tejo’s native red grapes include the bold Touriga Nacional—Portugal’s most famous varietal—as well as Trincadeira, Castelão and Aragonês. The aromatic Fernão Pires and the lively Arinto produce some of the region’s most refreshing white wines. These indigenous grapes thrive in the Tejo region’s warm climate and complex soils, while retaining high natural acidity, to produce balanced wines with bright fruit characteristics.

Among the region’s unique and distinctive traditions are foot-treading (crushing and stomping grapes underfoot); community harvest (local women hand-plucking ripe fruit while singing traditional folk songs); and usage of traditional cork closures (using native, natural and sustainable Portuguese cork from the region’s trees).

There are many vineyards along the route between Convento Inn and the Gothic city of Santarem, offering tours and tastings. Tejo wines are some of the most vibrant and affordable emerging from Portugal today, and offer a diverse array of styles that appeal to a variety of tastes and budgets

The OLIVE OIL

The OLIVE OIL

Besides food, olive oil has been used for religious rituals, medicines, as a fuel in oil lamps, soapmaking, and skin care application.  The area surrounding Convento Inn, is the heart of the Ribatejo region, which has a history of producing the best Portuguese olive oils thanks to its typically Mediterranean climate and hot summers.

From Mid November to Mid December guests of the Convento Inn, can participate in the olive picking process from our olive trees, following the entire olive oil production ritual from the tree to the bottle, and receive their own bottle of olive oil to take home, made from the olives they pick.

Throughout the year, olive oil tastings offered with samples of local bread, make for a pleasant way to enjoy the fragrant shade of our olive grove.

The LUSITANO HORSE

The LUSITANO HORSE

We are located in the heartland of lusitano horse breeders . Horses are part of the local culture and scenery,  where herds can be seen roaming free, and many stud breeding farms are located in the
vicinity of Convento.    The majestic grace and agility of lusitano horses is legendary, and has been linked to Portuguese History, for many victories in battle.

While staying at Convento Inn our concierge can arrange a visit to the local Coudelarias, Lusitano Horse breeding Farms, where you can see the majestic horses and learn about their breed.

The Golegã International Horse Fair, also known as “Feira de São Martinho” dates back several centuries, taking place over a 10 day period that must include the most important date of the 11th November, which is The Feast of Saint Martin or Saint Martin’s Day.  

Here you can find the great Lusitano horses, with breeders and riders in traditional Portuguese Riding attire.   At this time the whole town of Golegã, transforms from its usual quiet nature to a frenzy of horses, carriages and food stalls.   The smell of roasted chestnuts fills the air with the scent of Autumn, and the new wine is taken out to be sampled.   It is a party enjoyed by local people and foreign visitors alike.  From late afternoon the streets are packed until the early hours.

You can see the Lusitano showing classes in hand and ridden, dressage competition, working equitation and there are usually other competitions taking place, such as endurance and  plenty other events.  Later in the evening in the centre’s main arena you can enjoy beautiful classical shows, fast action and prize giving parades.

The WILD BULL

The WILD BULL

The wild bull is a mythological animal that is profoundly admired in Ribatejo.  Many herds can be found grazing free in the Leziria, and the Forestlands not far from Convento Inn.  A symbol of the biodiversity of the region and the survival of the last descendants of the aurochs. 

Attesting to the popular saying that a Land that raises a Bull raises a Family, then it is not to be surprised that Family still is a very strong bond in the rural communities of Ribatejo.

While staying at Convento Inn, our concierge can arrange for a visit to the local Ganadarias, the “touro bravo” breeding farms, where you can admire the majesty and impotence of these incredible creatures.  You will feel their power and bravery, taking you back to the frescos and reliefs of ancient temples and civilisations that venerated the Bull as a God.

The CORK AK FORESTS

The CORK AK FORESTS

The cork oak forests of Portugal are Europe's Amazon forests, they support the greatest biodiversity anywhere in Europe.   Cork oak landscapes store carbon, reducing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.  The cork oak forests make up an ecosystem of unparalleled biological richness,  preserving the region's thin soils and scarce groundwater.

Between Mid May and end of July guest can tour the cork forest areas and observe how the  extraction of the cork is made.  An arduous but delicate process, that ensures that the cork exterior is removed without wounding the tree itself. 

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