Given a town charter by King Dinis, Borba is the centre of an administrative area which is small but fiercely proud of its identity. This identity dates back to the very foundation of Portugal as a nation-state, as proved by the castle and city walls ordered built by King Afonso II.
It is not know whether local delicacies and the famous wine produced here were responsible for the chubby king’s nickname. But it is highly likely…
Other reasons must have led the Order of Servas de Cristo (Servants of Christ) to build their convent here. A sign that this choice was not made in vain can be seen in the Museu dos Cristos (Christ Museum) in Vila de Lobos, where for many years one could visit one of the largest collections of depictions of Christ in Portugal.
All of this can also be related to the festival held on the weekend nearest to August 15 and dedicated to Nossa Senhor Jesus dos Aflitos. But Borba is also famous for its marble which has been used in buildings all over the country and the rest of the world and which is now one of the area’s most important economic resources.
Visit Borba, feast your eyes on its beauty, drink a glass of white or red wine along with some local cheese or sausage, and you will certainly want to come back one day!
About the Project
Borba is one of those cities in the interior of Portugal that would be easy to overlook if it were not for its magnificent past. The Real Convento das Servas is a cornerstone of that past that has earned this region its place in history. Built on the 15th-century hermitage where the Brotherhood of the Servants of Our Lady worked, the structure was bequeathed to the Franciscan Order of the Algarves Province in the early 1600s.
It soon became one of the most important edifices in Portugal. Its decorations depict the transition from baroque to rococo. With the extinction of the religious orders in the 19th century, the church fell into ruin. However, it retained its structural integrity, making it ripe for rebirth. It is now a place to connect with and celebrate history.
A full-service boutique hotel in a historic property in Borba. The development is a complete rehabilitation of an ancient convent with one of the most precious cloisters in southern Portugal. It will bring the Borba wine experience to a five-star hotel, with a strong connection to the vineyards, a key element of the region.
It is designed as a boutique hotel with 70 rooms and 25 exclusive villas with plunge pools, spa, outdoor pool, restaurant, bar, and indoor and outdoor event space.
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