Tavira: Convento do Graça
Former Monastery Convento da Graça, now converted into a hotel (Pousada de Tavira)
In the Convento da Graça, a former 16th Century Convent carefully restored and offering superb accommodation
This was once the Convent of the Cloistered Augustinian Nuns, founded by King D. Sebastião around 1569.
It stands on the castle hill on the site of what was once most likely the Jewish quarter. Its most noteworthy features are the 16th and 17th Century Renaissance cloister, the facade facing the main square and the central staircase, both in baroque style.
During its careful renovation, several archaelogical traces of Islamic origin were discovered. As a result, the plans were changed in order to incorporate these important findings in the renovated building. They are now partially visible from the bar. Following the restoration there is now a multi-purpose function room in the old church.