In the heart of the Alto Alentejo, a region home to some of the prettiest medieval towns in Europe, lies the Torre de Palma Wine Hotel, a boutique hotel in Portugal which is equally as captivating and lost in time as the landscape that surrounds it. Dating back to 1338, the Torre de Palma is a truly splendid traditional manor house, named after a tower that once formed part of the building. The owners have worked tirelessly to realise their dream of converting this manor house into a beautiful luxury hotel perfect for couples; the result is a stunning merge of modernity and tradition.
The way of life at the Torre de Palma is, naturally, centred around its wine, and here you’ll be able to discover the high-quality wine of the Torre de Palma by enjoying numerous activities, including vineyard tours, grape picking, dinners with hand-picked wine pairings and tours of the incredible wine cellar, an imposing white building at the centre of the estate with a production area, barrel room and tasting room inside.
The variety of other activities on offer hugely reflect the local way of life in a way that allows visitors to discover the secrets of the real Alentejo and feel like part of the family. Explore the area on horseback on the Lusitano horses, a local breed, or take to one of the many hiking and cycling trails in the region. Cultural tours can also be organised of the nearby Torre de Palma Roman ruins, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Elvas, and the nearby towns of Portalegre, Marvao and Monforte.
If you’re looking to try something a little different, hot air balloon rides, river-boarding, canoeing and white water rafting can also be organised, while there are also several species of migratory birds to watch, including falcons, which feature in demonstrations at the Torre de Palma. By night, an expert will show you the hundreds of stars that light up the Portuguese night sky.
Relaxation is also one of the main attractions of the Torre de Palma, which has its very own spa and wellness centre. Enjoy a Pilates class, a dip in the indoor or outdoor pool, Jacuzzi or Turkish bath, or a variety of treatments including a number of massages, hydrotherapy and reflexology. There’s also a bar, cinema and an outdoor lounge with hanging fireplace to relax in and forget your troubles.
Golf lovers will also enjoy the nearby 18-hole golf courses, featuring 20 water hazards and more than 60 bunkers, making for a thrilling and challenging game of golf.
The restaurant Basilii, named after the Roman family who once lived in the nearby villa, offers a sophisticated take on the flavours of the Alentejo. Among the culinary delights on offer are Alentejo-style Pennyroyal Acorda (bread soup), Iberian pork cheeks with a beetroot and potato foam and an octopus alagarado with Vitelotte potatoes and pepper sauce. The restaurant also hosts regular themed lunches and dinners, and foodies will also love the food tastings and workshops on offer demonstrating the best of the local cuisine. Take a little piece of the Alentejo home with you with the items on offer at the regional products shop, stocking locally-made goods including cheeses, meats, breads, olive oils, jams and of course the delicious wine produced on-site.