The nearby sister hotel has a Michelin starred restaurant, but was fully booked during our stay.
And then stroll along the picturesque Évora alleys and squares, acknowledged as World Heritage Site by UNESCO, passing by the Roman Temple and the Chapel of Bones (Capela dos Ossos) in the São Francisco Church, as well as the Água de Prata Aqueduct.
, acknowledged as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, and the Muslim heritage of the Al Andaluz kingdom inspire the decor.
The equestrian art is also pictured in the Vila Galé Évora hotel, as a result of a partnership with the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art of Alter do Chão (EPAE).
The focus of the men's attention - and of their smartphone cameras - was a tiny black and white square, a two-dimensional barcode that, thanks to "augmented reality" (AR) software, brought to life the object of their desire.
"Look, it's like I'm in a snapshot with her," said Shu Watanabe, 23, as he showed off his i Phone display, featuring himself next to the image of a doe-eyed cartoon character named Rinko, a smiling high school girl.