The new hotel is scheduled to open in the summer of 2023 and will be located in the Portas de Avis area, in several renovated buildings close to the city's central square.

The property will offer 76 rooms, a swimming pool, restaurant, lounge bar and meeting rooms, in a building with a “classic facade, in line with the surrounding heritage”, according to a statement.

The group adds that the project will create around 100 jobs – 70 during the construction phase, and 30 permanent jobs when the hotel opens.

They also explain that “the property is intended for leisure and business travellers who want to enjoy the history and culture of Évora”.

“Holiday Inn Express Évora has a privileged location within an area of ​​great historical and cultural wealth. The renovation project, and subsequent investment, demonstrates the growing tourist demand in Évora and Mercan's confidence in Portugal. We are delighted to add this world-renowned hotel brand to our portfolio,” said Jordi Vilanova, President of Mercan Properties.

This is Mercan Properties' second project in Évora, after the Hilton Garden Inn Évora, whose first stone was laid in 2021.