Pousadas of Alentejo

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    Pousada Castelo Estremoz

    The castle of Estremoz is a magnificent restored palace built in the early 14th century by King Dinis I for his wife, the saintly Queen Isabel, who died here. This impressive Pousada – which was also home to later kings and queens of Portugal – is decorated with sumptuous velvets and gilt and furnished with beautiful antiques. Many of the bedrooms have antique beds including four-posters, and the Pousada is decorated throughout with 18th and 19th century period pieces,...

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    Pousada Castelo Alvito

    Pousada Castelo de Alvito is a renovated 15th century castle in the picturesque village of Alvito. An intriguing mix of Mudejar, Manueline and Renaissance architecture with its asymmetric, bowed towers and crenellations, this Pousada is steeped in atmosphere and has a cool, quiet interior. Only the restaurant is modern, and this blends in well with its vaulted gallery and arches overlooking the cobbled courtyard. The rooms are decorated in a contemporary fashion, which...

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    Pousada Convento Vila Viçosa

    The Pousada of D. João IV is situated in the former 16th century Convent of Chagas de Cristo in the centre of the historical town of Vila Viçosa. Vila Viçosa was the Royal Family's Holiday residence. Full of character with its intricate themed rooms and redolent of history and legends, the Pousada has kept intact the convent cells, the retreats and the oratories built by the nuns. Set in lush, landscaped gardens there is an outdoor swimming pool, a spacious terrace and a...

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    Pousada Mosteiro Crato

    Originally a 14th-century convent, Pousada Mosteiro do Crato has operated as a castle, a palace, and now a modern luxury hotel. It features an outdoor pool with a sun terrace. Set on the northern edge of the hot, Alentejan plain, this 14th-century monastery and castle is a stunning property. The stylish modern wing has been imaginatively blended with the excellently preserved historic buildings of the Pousada and the interior is fresh and welcoming, yet retains its...

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    Pousada de Marvão

    At an altitude of almost 1000 metres, the village of Marvão has stunning 360º panoramic views over the rugged Alentejan plain right to the Spanish border. Surrounded by 13th-century castle walls, this hilltop Pousada has been created from two traditional whitewashed houses that still maintain their medieval character but which have been modernised to make a light and sunny building with simple furnishings and a cosy and relaxed feel. The ancient village of Marvão has narrow,...

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    Pousada Castelo Alcácer Do Sal

    The historic town of Alcácer do Sal, 90 km southeast of Lisbon, is dominated by the Moorish citadel (Arabic al qasr) that gives the town its name and which now houses a magnificent Pousada. The hotel retains the castellated walls and towers of the original structure and stands on a site that has been occupied since Neolithic times overlooking the broad green valley of the River Sado. After the Reconquista, the building housed a convent, of which the elegant cloister...

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    Pousada Convento Évora

    This was the first Pousada to open, in 1942, and is a fine example of typical Alentejo architecture. It has 25 beautifully furnished guest rooms, a cosy restaurant serving Alentejan delicacies, and a tennis court and two pools. This is a quiet location, ideally suited for relaxing stopovers and as a base to explore the Portuguese/Spanish border, the cities of Badajoz, Estremoz, Merida and Caceres, and the Roman architecture of that region.

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    Pousada Convento Beja

    This impressive Pousada, housed in a 13th-century Franciscan convent, is located in the heart of the historical town of Beja in the Alentejan plain. Despite the fact that it is in the middle of a city, the solid white walls, vaulted ceilings and elegant sitting rooms give off an air of calm and quiet. Surrounded by lawns, palm trees and with an inviting outdoor pool this is the perfect place to stay cool even in the intense heat of mid-summer. The bedrooms (which are of...

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    Pousada Convento Arraiolos

    Situated in a peaceful valley near Arraiolos – a pretty hilltop town 120 km east of Lisbon and famous worldwide for its handmade carpets – the Pousada de Arraiolos is housed in a spacious, beautifully converted 16th-century convent. Here the ancient and the modern blend beautifully. Bedrooms have private verandas which overlook the lawns and the swimming pool. Surrounded by green hills, olive trees and grazing sheep, the Pousada has an overall feeling of calm and space....

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