Pousadas of Portugal
are a network of 34 hotels throughout Portugal and the Azores located in either
historic cities or areas of outstanding natural beauty. Set up by the Portuguese
Government in 1940 they were acquired in 2003 by the Pestana Group, the largest
tourism and leisure group in Portugal.
The word 'pousada' means an inn or lodging and the Pousada hotels were intended to provide guest with a memorable insight into the country's history and traditions and an authentic Portuguese experience.
The first Pousada opened in 1942 in the Alentejo in central Portugal, one of the country's most scenic and appealing areas, as a cosy, traditional hotel. As the network grew it incorporated restored monuments - castles, convents, monasteries and convents - combining their historical atmosphere with modern comforts and amenities.
The unique style and stunning setting of some of the Paradores, combined with their superb restaurants, make them an ideal setting for a weekend getaway, short break, special occasion and even a wedding abroad!