Torre de Palma

Contemporary, remote, countryside wine estate

Herdade De Torre De Palma, Monforte 7450-250


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At a Glance

Dating back to the mid 14th century, Torre de Palma is a converted cozy boutique wine estate in the peaceful countryside of Alentejo that offers a variety of activities for travelers on a modest budget.

Indagare Loves

  • The main building’s traditional Alentenjo whitewashed façade with majestic mustard yellow trim
  • Uniquely designed bedrooms
  • Myriad of activities ranging from olive oil and wine tasting to horseback riding


Opened in 2014, Torre de Palma is a 14-room boutique hotel that is a member of Design Hotels. Designed by Portuguese interior designer Roasarinho Gabriel, whose other projects include Areias do Seixo, the property is a cozy countryside retreat with a contemporary flair.

It is easy to miss the entrance of Torre de Palma, which is set back from the main road (N369) west of the small village of Monforte in Alentejo. Driving down the narrow winding dirt road, which is lined with slender Cyprus trees and rests amongst vineyards and olive groves, past the Roman ruins of the prominent Basilii family, you can see the distinguished whitewashed façades of the property standing out from the remote surroundings. The entrance grabs your attention the moment you see the iron-wraught gate and glimpse the mustard yellow trim, which is a traditional characteristic in Alentejo, outlining the façade of the main building set along salmon-hued gravel.

Each of the 14-rooms are decorated differently. The Superior rooms located in the Main House are intimate yet spacious, and some come with terraces. For families, the Master Suite can accommodate up to five people and has its own kitchen and separate building from the hotel. The main house also boasts a small spa, sauna and indoor pool. For groups, there is a charming lounge filled with plush couches and a dining area.

The contemporary design is not only seen in the common spaces but in the small bar and restaurant, Basilii, which serves traditional Alentenjo-inspired dishes. Chef Filipe Ramalho created a menu with a variety of options, from golden cod to octopus from the Algarve and lamb from Alentejo, so guests will not feel guilty having more than one meal here.

Torre de Palma offers several activities from wine and olive oil tastings to horseback riding, therapeutic spa treatments, and an outdoor pool. It is important, especially in the fall and spring, to book activities ahead because the hotel outsources its activities. The property is also within an hour drive from Évora and other wine estates for travelers who want to take day-trips to explore. The grapes featured in the area are of the antão vaz, arinto, aivarihno and tinta mioda varieties.

Who Should Stay

Couples or families with older children who appreciate quirky, contemporary design and want to experience a countryside retreat in Alentejo without splurging.

Written by Indagare

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