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REVIVE program-finding success in transforming vacant cultural and historic structures in Portugal into sustainable tourism projects


The Portuguese Government launched the Revive program this year to open vacant public monuments to private investment through public tendering. “Revive” is targeting the renovation and use of heritage properties throughout the country for the development of tourism projects, mostly through conversion into hotels. About 33 public properties are expected to be converted into new facilities as a result , including forts, castles, convents and palace

At the moment, there is a public tender held for the concession of a historic property in the city of Évora (Paço de Valverde estate), which will “recycle” an historic building into a brand new hotel.

Paço de Valverde estate is located just a few miles from the city of Évora. The building is set in an idyllic and harmonious rural landscape, where an aqueduct, ponds and fountains in the gardens form a unique water system.


There are many architectural remains of the original 16th century building, some in the style of Manueline such as the small chapel in the convent courtyard, paved with tiles dating from the first half of the 16th century. It is a perfect example of Renaissance micro-architecture.

The program is based in concessions that can last between 30 and 50 years, depending on the building. The aim of this initiative is to promote and facilitate profitability and transform and preserve vacant public property, making it suitable for tourism-oriented economic activity, to generate wealth and jobs, enhance the attractiveness of regional destinations, devolve demand and develop various regions of the country.



Mail: Largo dos Colegiais, #2, 7002-554 Évora, Portugal

Phone: +351 266740800


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