Villa Extramuros

  • Location: Countryside
    The UNESCO World Heritage site of Évora: 22km (20 mins by car)
    Comporta and the endless beach of the Alentejo coast: 120km (1h 20 mins by car)
    Beautiful and inspiring Lisbon: 120km (1h 20 mins by car)
    Monsaraz village: 75 km ( 55 mins by car )
  • Lisbon Airport (LIS): 120km (1h 15 mins)
    Faro Airport (FAO): 280km (2h 30 mins by car)
    Airport transfer available on request
    Car recommended
    Free parking

Your wonderful hosts Francois and Jean-Christophe are happy to help with great recommendations.
The generous rooms in the main house all have big terraces with beautiful vistas of the Alentejo landscape.
Relax and take a sundowner by the swimming-pool with views of olive trees and the fields, or book a massage on your private terrace.
You should try Alentejo's excellent cuisine and also visit some of the fantastic local wineries.

If you can ever find a reason to leave this incredible hotel, you will need a car to move around.

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An introduction to Villa Extramuros

How would you describe Villa Extramuros in a nutshell?

Villa Extramuros is one of only a few modern small boutique hotels in Portugal, and maybe also Europe, with contemporary architecture as well as a cool spirit and design on the inside which is also surrounded by beautiful nature on the outside. It’s a place where you can feel like you’re at home but with the services of a small hotel.

What was your inspiration to open a small hotel in Portugal?

We wanted space, sun, and a place where it was possible to build a contemporary house in the middle of nature. The Alentejo is one of the last wild regions in Europe where you have kilometers and kilometers of nature and wilderness. The landscape here is just beautiful.

We completely fell in love with Portugal and we love to share our discoveries of local products with our holiday guests. The Alentejo has so much to offer – often guests will see things in the house that they like and we are always happy to let them know where they can find a certain kind of blanket, carpet, wine etc. We consider our role sharing with guests what we like about the region and this house.

How would you describe the architecture and style of Villa Extramuros?

The architecture of Villa Extramuros is minimalist and was inspired by the masters of the 20th century. However, our intention was also to reproduce very traditional characteristics of houses from the Mediterranean, so we let our architect recreate a modern interpretation of a Roman villa with a courtyard and different patios.

As for the interior design of the hotel, it is a mix of furniture and art that we have collected over the past 20 years with pieces from the last decade, but also pieces from the last century mixed with very contemporary pieces. And we are always adding new discoveries. It would be pretentious to say there is a particular style, though – it is our own mix that we created based on our taste.

What has been the biggest reward to you personally since you opened Villa Extramuros?

One of the best rewards is that we have holiday guests who return. The second would be all the nice discussions we have with many of our guests. They come to feel like friends. We never had expected such good relationships with our guests.

Villa Extramuros courtyard
Villa Extramuros lounge area
Villa Extramuros lounge area
Superior room terrace
Superior room
Standard room
Living room
Living room
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Pool area
Pool area
Cabanon rouge
Cabanon rouge
Cabanon rouge
Cabanon jaune
Cabanon jaune
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Villa Extramuros rooms & rates

In terms of architecture, the rooms are more or less the same but the differences are in the views and the decoration. We’ve suspended parts of the concrete in the air to provide spacious terraces for the views. Both, our standard and superior rooms have terraces and the superior rooms have the most beautiful views.

Inside the hotel, there’s a mix between minimalist architecture and pieces of decoration that bring a warm atmosphere. We wanted each room to be different from another in terms of design and furnishings and also work as much as possible with local materials like cork.

Our most popular room is probably room number 5 because there are two terraces, and the bathroom is big with a nice shower. There is a central bed with beautiful views of the countryside and the local village with its castle.

  • Standard room for 2-3 people / 42 m²
    190 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    The 3 Standard Rooms at Villa Extramuros only differ in their orientation and views. Each room has a separate dressing room and a bathroom in Estremoz marble with a shower and natural light from the roof. The rooms have up to 60m2, including a 24 sqm private terrace and feature air-conditioning, heating, satellite TV with a large selection of international channels, Marshall Bluetooth sound system, AESOP amenities, complimentary Expresso coffee and tea, hair-dryer and sun chairs. Two of the rooms can be equipped with twin beds, with a communication door to a master bedroom (ideal for families).

  • Superior room for 2-3 people / 60 m²
    240 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    The two Superior Rooms at Villa Extramuros benefit from a spectacular 250° view of the Arraiolos castle, the village and the countryside. They offer a total space of 80 sqm, with a 45 sqm sleeping space, a dressing-room and a large bathroom with heating floor and, in one of the rooms, a rain shower space in Estremoz marble. Plus 40m2 of private open-air spaces opened to the South/West and to the North with a view of the Castle. The rooms feature air-conditioning, heating, TV, DVD player, Marshall Bluetooth sound system, WiFi connection, complimentary Express coffee and tea, AESOP amenities, hair-dryer, and outdoor sunbeds and table.

  • Junior Suite Cabanon for 2-3 people / 55 m²
    290 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Kitchenette
    • 1 Sofabed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    The Cabanons are contemporary independent bungalows, located between olive trees and rocks at short distance from the main Villa (2 minutes walk). Full privacy and direct connection to the nature.

    Inside the cork cubic structure, the 50 sqm Junior Suite offers a bedroom with king-size bed, a lounging area with a sofa/bed, a kitchenette for breakfast, a bathroom with walk-in shower opening on an outside patio, a large terrace with sun-beds and outdoor furniture.

    The Suites are equipped with a new generation air-conditioning system (cooling or heated floor and ceiling), a fan, a dressing with safe, a Marshall sound system (but no TV), complimentary Expresso coffee and tea, micro-wave, fridge, and toaster. The bathroom covered with local tiles offers towel heater, electronic smart toilet, large shower with AESOP amenities, hair-dryer.

Included in the rates
Rates include a generous à la carte breakfast including fresh fruit juices, local or home-made pastries, house-made marmalades, locally produced honey and cheese, bread basket, ham or chorizo, eggs, cereals and, of course, a selection of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.
Optional extras
Available on request: Visit of some excellent local wineries, local farms, horseback rides, cross country bicycle rides, massages and guided tours.
Children & Extra beds
Children are welcome. Cots (EUR 10 to EUR 20 per night) and extra beds for children from 3 to 13 years old (EUR 40 to EUR 50 per night) are available on request (max. 1 cot or 1 extra bed per room).
Minimum stay
2 nights
Check in time
after 15:00
Check out time
before 12:00
Closed second week of January to second week of February

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • Swimming pool
  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Terrace
  • Maid service
  • TV
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Music system
  • Central heating
  • Courtyard
  • Honesty bar/Minibar
  • Laundry service
  • Safe box
  • Bicycles
  • Hair dryer

We offer a delicious breakfast every morning but we don’t have a restaurant at Villa Extramuros. We consider it as an additional service if our guests want it. We are happy to serve a light lunch or snack during the day or dinner in the courtyard if we know in advance. But it’s impossible to serve dinner to all the guests at the same time. We try to satisfy the guests so that everyone can enjoy that kind of service, but it’s something we can only do with notice.

Our house is not very big, so we wanted to create spaces where holiday guests can mingle and spaces where they have their complete privacy. The courtyard and our lounge are perfect to have a drink and meet other guests. But if you prefer to be alone, there are different patios around the house, there is the swimming pool area and of course the garden. And our rooms all have large terraces (between 20 and 30 square meters), so you can relax in a vast space within nature in complete privacy. There is always enough space for anyone to relax alone or meet and talk to other guests.

Things to do in Alentejo & Arraiolos

  • Art / Culture
  • Shopping / Markets
  • Wine tastings
  • Massages / Treatments
  • Cycling
  • Horseback riding

We do have some guests who stay for a short holiday weekend just wanting to relax at the villa. But generally they explore the region. After all, there is so much to discover! We have met many interesting people in the area who offer horseback riding, nature walks, boat trips etc. You can explore small villages with an archaeologist or go wine tasting at some exceptional wineries. There are lot of activities to enjoy around here and we are always happy to help our guests and put them in touch with the right people.

The main highlight is the city of Evora. It’s a very beautiful historic city with a lot of museums, churches and a very local atmosphere. It’s not very crowded and the best way to discover the city is to just get lost in the little streets.

Another highlight is the Portuguese Atlantic coast with its incredibly beautiful beaches only 40 mins away. You can find yourself on a huge sandy beach with no one around. This is quite exceptional because generally when you go to a beach in the south of Europe, you’re in the middle of a crowd.

Villa Extramuros reviews

5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Everything was beyond perfect we would love to come back one day! We very much loved our stay at villa Extramuros. It was our best and most relaxing stay in Portugal. Everything was beyond perfect we would love to come back one day!
Minke S. (Netherlands)
stayed at Villa Extramuros in September 2017
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Villa Extramuros is a very special place to stay. The architecture and all the interiors are inspiring, stunning, and comfortable. We started each day with a lovely breakfast in the courtyard, spent the days exploring the medieval villages nearby, and enjoyed relaxing by the pool in the afternoon. Francois and Jean-Christophe are welcoming hosts with great suggestions on places to go, and restaurants nearby. We truly relaxed here and enjoyed everything about the place.
Brenda B. (USA)
stayed at Villa Extramuros in July 2017
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Our stay was very good (5/5). We enjoyed our one week stay very much. We loved the design and the atmosphere of Villa Extramuros and enjoyed visiting nearby historic villages, good food & wine and relaxing at the hotel. Francois and Jean are excellent hosts - thanks a lot!
Jonas B. (Germany)
stayed at Villa Extramuros in May 2017
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
We had a wonderful stay at Villa Extramuros. The property is extremely unique and beautifully appointed. The room was spacious, comfortable, and the huge balcony had great views of the countryside. The homemade breakfast was delicious and the Davveros gelato much appreciated. Best of all, the hosts were lovely and kind people who seem to really enjoy meeting their guests. We would go back in a heartbeat!
Jane B.
stayed at Villa Extramuros in July 2017
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Louise N. (USA)
stayed at Villa Extramuros in September 2016
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
It was a very good stay, very well service. Perfect!!
Tanja B. (Netherlands)
stayed at Villa Extramuros in July 2016
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Definitely 5 out of 5! Amazing place, wonderful holiday, no more words needed!
Eva M. (Belgium)
stayed at Villa Extramuros in August 2016
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
We give 5 stars for villa Extramuros! We had a superb stay in Villa Extramuros. A top design architecture in THE middle of Portugese nature. If you are searching for calm and peace, you 'll find it here, between the ancient olive trees. The rooms are spacefull and beatifull designed, using the materials of the region, cork and marble. And Evert room has its own private terras with a view. The refreshing pool, the warm welcome of Francois, everything clean and a marvellous tasting home made diner and breakfast make this place as a top villa. You are treated here as a queen.
Hilde V. (Belgium)
stayed at Villa Extramuros in July 2015
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Great! Villa Extramuros was great, the welcome, the place, the room, (we got the number 5 room!) the good addresses Francois advised us.
John V.
stayed at Villa Extramuros in June 2014

The location of Villa Extramuros

Villa Extramuros is located in the town of Arraiolos, a small city north of Evora, the Capital of Alentejo. The landscape is incredibly beautiful. There are kilometers and kilometers of totally unspoiled Mediterranean landscape with olive trees, pines, oaks, and vineyards. Even in summer when the ground is burnt by the sun, the olive and oak trees remain green, which gives a very graphic look to the landscape.

And of course we also love the area for its architectural and historical richness and the fact that we are not far from the Atlantic Ocean with deserted sandy beaches as far as you can see.

When is the best time to visit Alentejo?

Each season has its charm. Spring is just beautiful because of all the blossoming wild flowers. If you want prefer a quiet period and enjoy wine tasting, around October is perfect for that. September is a good month for mild weather and not too many people, but some people prefer May and June because the days are longer. Even in winter there can be a lot of sun and heat in this part of the Alentejo, letting you enjoy lunch on the terrace. It really depends on what you’re looking for.