Hotels in Palaces and Castles

on Oct 1, 2010 in | 15 Comments

For over eight hundred years Portugal was a monarchy. Drop off in palaces and castles that hosted Portuguese nobility and discover the stories that these places have to tell.

Pousada Santa Marinha

Guimarães, the city where Portugal was founded, is also the cradle of this monument built on the site of the Agostinhos Monastery, which is as old as the nation (12th century). Later renovated by the architect Fernando Távora, it was distinguished with the National Architecture Award in 1985 and is located on a hill close to the historic centre of Guimarães, which has been classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. The building combines monastic ambience with the comfort of 49 rooms and two suites. The Penha Park, the Monastery Garden, the interior with granite fountains, the wealth of tile mosaics, the cloisters, balconies and verandas with superb panoramic views of the city, are more than enough reason to enjoy the history and delights of this pousada.


Largo Domingos Leite de Castro

+351 253 511 249

€180 – €270


Palace Hotel Bussaco

Part of an architectural and landscaping setting that is considered unique in Europe, built in 1885 for the last kings and queens of Portugal, it is proud to belong to the group of the most beautiful historical hotels in the world. It has been a hotel since 1917, boasting lovely fountains, chapels, hermitages and viewpoints, as well as an abundance of vegetation in the surrounding Mata do Bussaco. The palace architecture is a mix of features found in monuments like the Belém Tower, the Jerónimos Monastery and the Convent of Christ in Tomar, and is decorated with tiles, frescoes and pictures depicting the Portuguese Discoveries. The 64 bedrooms are decorated with fine furniture and fittings; however, the real beauty of the hotel lies in the gardens that can be seen from the windows, particularly from the royal suite.

Mata Nacional do Bussaco, Coimbra

+351 231 937 970

€80 – €1275


Palácio Belmonte

The impressiveness of the name is matched in the majesty of this palace, where films like Wim Wenders’ Lisbon Story, or Sostiene Pereira, with Marcello Mastroiani were filmed. With classic Lisbon as a backdrop, particularly because of the stunning garden, the palace was built on Moorish and Roman ruins by a member of King D.Manuel I’s Council, in 1449. Situated on top of the Encosta do Sol, it is made up of eleven luxurious suites that distinguish important figures from Portuguese history, like Fernão de Magalhães, Egas Moniz, Gil Vicente and Amadeu Souza Cardoso. Last year it was one of the four finalists of the World Luxury Hotel Awards, in the Suite Hotel category, and the international press is unsparing in its praise of the place.

Páteo Dom Fradique, 14, Lisboa

+351 21 881 6600

€400 – €2500


Pousada São Filipe

Located in the magnificent Arrábida Mountains, this pousada is housed in the fort of São Filipe Castle, which dates back to the 16th century. Built by the Italian architect Filipe Terzi, under the orders of King Filipe II of Spain (Filipe I of Portugal), the castle was built to defend the town, hence the severe and sober military look, in the most advanced style of the time. The splendid panoramic views over the Sado estuary, the Tróia península and the Atlantic are the pousada’s main attraction. Seven of the rooms, like the suite, have a sea view and the other five give different views of the castle. As one of the country’s largest ports, Setúbal is ideal for maritime atmospheres.

Castelo de São Filipe, Setúbal

+265 550 070

€170 – €240


Pousada do Alvito

A place that pays tribute to Baixo Alentejo culture, this place is the result of the redevelopment of a peculiar castle. Set in a 15th-century building that functioned for many years as a royal residence, the Pousada do Alvito offers a comfortable and family-friendly atmosphere, both in the common areas and in the 19 rooms and suite, where the classic decor is instantly recognisable. Outside, the garden and its kibble chain irrigation maintains the ambience of days gone by in an ambience of a medieval castle with strolling peacocks. The restaurant, with its chapel ceilings, is the ideal place to appreciate traditional gastronomy and regional wines with a view of the cloisters.


+351 284 480 700

€90 – €180

by Manuel Simões



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