Pousada de Alijó


The old village of Alijó is situated to the east of Vila Real, in the heart of the Douro wine region in the north of Portugal. The Pousada was once an inn, the Barão de Forrester, named after a Scotsman, Joseph James Forrester, who arrived in Oporto in 1809 to encourage the production and export of port wine. Today Alijó is still surrounded by the famous quintas - small estates that produce port wine from their terraced vineyards. The Pousada itself is an elegant stone mansion with balconies, terraces, a pool and a tennis court. It provides a perfect base for exploring this wine-making region – for example, by taking a cruise on the River Douro, which winds through some of the most beautiful landscapes in Portugal.

How To Arrive

133 km from Porto Airport, the centre of Alijó is a 5 minute walk, Vila Real is a 32 minute drive, and the Alvão Natural Park a 90 minute drive. Pinhao Railway Station is 16 km away.


This beautiful Pousada Alijo is tucked away in the heart of the Douro Port Wine grape-growing region of northern Portugal in the town of Alijo. Visiting this area is an absolute treat if you are a particular fan of Port wine, as here you will find a large number of the major producers of this unique fortified wine in this area.


  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Outdoor swimming pool (seasonal)
  • Tennis court
  • Lift
  • 24h reception
  • Shop
  • Parking
  • Free WiF


  • Vila Real 42 km - famous for the Baroque Mateus Palace, described as ‘the most fantastic country house in Portugal’ and featured on the label of Mateus Rose wine.
  • Alvao Natural Park 55 km - Portugal’s smallest natural park
  • The Fisgas de Ermelo waterfall is worth a visit.
  • Amarante 81 km - A beautiful town on the banks of the Tamega River.
  • Douro Natural Park 103 km
  • Côa Valley 104 km - prehistoric rock art site dating to 22,000 to 10,000 years BC
  • Braganca 108 km - A medieval walled town
  • Guimaraes 124 km - One of the most historic towns in Portugal, its centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Porto 134 km - Located on the Douro River estuary, Portugal’s second city is steeped in history and is most famous for its renowned port wine.
  • Braga 148 km - The religious capital of Portugal – sights include a 900 year old cathedral in the town centre and Bom Jesus do Monte church
  • Visit to Port wine lodges
  • Boat trips on the river Douro

Nearest Paradores

  • Pousada de Marao 75 km
  • Pousada de Braganca 108 km
  • Pousada de Guimaraes 124km

Room Types & Prices

CLASSIC ROOM – from € 104.00 / night