The hotel of Pousada do Convento da Graça is situated in the old quarter of Tavira

The hotel of Pousada do Convento da Graça is situated in the old quarter of Tavira

While converting the 16th-century Convento da Graça into a luxury hotel, developers ran into an unexpected problem that canceled plans for a basement spa and pool

While converting the 16th-century Convento da Graça into a luxury hotel, developers ran into an unexpected problem that canceled plans for a basement spa and pool

Beneath the old convent and the defensive walls of the ancient coastal city of Tabira (Arabic name), lies the medieval quarter

Beneath the old convent and the defensive walls of the ancient coastal city of Tabira (Arabic name), lies the medieval quarter

Instead of the pool, there’s now a small museum next to the hotel bar

Instead of the pool, there’s now a small museum next to the hotel bar

One could come inside the hotel and resquest to visit the museum and staff would be more than happy to assist

One could come inside the hotel and resquest to visit the museum and staff would be more than happy to assist

These are the remains of the medieval Moorish neighborhood (Almohad period)

These are the remains of the medieval Moorish neighborhood (Almohad period)

This small museum can be accessed through the hotel bar and then into the basement

This small museum can be accessed through the hotel bar and then into the basement

Two medieval houses are located next to each other

Two medieval houses are located next to each other

Both houses have living rooms, kitchen, bedrooms and toilets

Both houses have living rooms, kitchen, bedrooms and toilets

In the backgorund, external wall of the houses can be seen

In the backgorund, external wall of the houses can be seen

A broken fragment of a pitcher or a plate from the 13th century

A broken fragment of a pitcher or a plate from the 13th century

Pieces of bones are carved in order to work with them to do variuos jobs

Pieces of bones are carved in order to work with them to do variuos jobs

Medieval pottery from the Muslim era - the pitcher is from the 12th century while lid is from th early 13th century

Medieval pottery from the Muslim era - the pitcher is from the 12th century while lid is from th early 13th century

This items seems to be in better condition and it is also from the 12th/13th century

This items seems to be in better condition and it is also from the 12th/13th century

A small cooking pot with the burnt marks - probably, it was used to make the smaller portions

A small cooking pot with the burnt marks - probably, it was used to make the smaller portions

These fragments are also from the 12th/13th centuries and they were found in Tavira

These fragments are also from the 12th/13th centuries and they were found in Tavira

A large bowl made of clay and hardened by heat (fire), it was a multipurpose utensil in any given house

A large bowl made of clay and hardened by heat (fire), it was a multipurpose utensil in any given house

These fragments show various designs created on them to make them beautiful

These fragments show various designs created on them to make them beautiful

This pitcher would have been used to store liquid, most likely water

This pitcher would have been used to store liquid, most likely water

One half of a broken bowl on display

One half of a broken bowl on display

Two vases are on display here, both are from the same era but one to the left is smaller than the other

Two vases are on display here, both are from the same era but one to the left is smaller than the other

Remains of the Almohad quarter - the layout of these houses is similar to those in Silves, Cacela Valeha and Mertola

Remains of the Almohad quarter - the layout of these houses is similar to those in Silves, Cacela Valeha and Mertola

Masonry walls stood on the shallow foundations, on top of these, the remainder of the house was built

Masonry walls stood on the shallow foundations, on top of these, the remainder of the house was built

The houses were built by using mud mixed with lime and stones and roofs were finished with the tiles

The houses were built by using mud mixed with lime and stones and roofs were finished with the tiles