Portugal’s government has created an initiative referred to as ‘Revive’ to lease deserted heritage properties to personal tourism traders. The thought is to protect buildings that exude the nation’s historic, cultural and social identification.
In Elvas, a metropolis in Alentejo close to the border with Spain, a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Lisbon, the Portuguese lodge chain Vila Galé is already remodeling the 17th century Convento de São Paulo right into a four-star lodge. This monastery was Revive’s first assigned lease.
The 33 heritage websites within the programme, starting from deactivated navy forts to former royal palaces and castles, had been chosen and overseen by a joint workforce of representatives from native metropolis councils, the Portuguese Tourist Board, and the government’s Department of Cultural Heritage. The number of buildings can be restored and repurposed as resorts, eating places, or centres for cultural actions and occasions.
Despite the non-public funding, all properties within the Revive programme will stay public property. The leases are granted for as much as 50 years and in accordance with the programme’s official web site, “the aim of this initiative is to promote and facilitate profitability 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.” Contracts have already been signed for 2 extra properties, Pavilhões do Parque D. Carlos I in Caldas da Rainha and Hotel da Guarda in Guarda. Two purposes are presently underneath overview for Quinta do Paço de Valverde in Évora.
Words: Sandra Henriques