The Carmo Convent, in the city of Moura, Alentejo, will be transformed into a 4-star hotel under the Revive program. The program was launched by the government in 2016 for the rehabilitation of the state's historical heritage, through the concession to private individuals for exploration for tourism purposes. The hotel is expected to have 50 rooms for an estimated investment of about six million euros.
The property, which is expected to open as a hotel in 2022, has been awarded by the Portuguese Promotion Society for Tourism and Hotel Projects (SPPTH), which manages the Espinheiro Convent, under the Revive Program. Located in the historic centre of Moura, near the castle and the municipal library. The convent has been classified as a property of public interest since 1944.
Álvaro Azedo, mayor of Moura, considers this to be "an important future project" for the municipality. "We want to take a bet on tourism and we don't have another project of this size and quality here," said the mayor to Lusa, saying that the population especially appreciates the convent. "It will have another use, of course, but people see it as their own, because many of us were born in that convent and this is the right investment to give it a new soul," he added.
This is already the ninth property granted by the Revive program, which has already given individuals the exploitation of buildings such as the Carmo Convent, on the island of Faial or the Arouca Monastery. Currently, bids are open for the concession of the Lorvão Monastery in Penacova, the Vila Nova de Cerveira Castle and the Ínsua Fort in Caminha. The next proyects to be launched will be those related to Travanca Monastery (Amarante), Cabo Espichel Sanctuary (Sesimbra) and Barra de Aveiro Fort (Ílhavo).