9 of the best pousadas in Portugal

updated 10/14/2020
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Luxury pousadas in Portugal promise a unique stay. Think spa treatments in ancient chapels. Sleeping peacefully in a monk’s cell. Or even calling a castle tower home for the night. Here's our pick of the nine best pousadas de Portugal. The information in this article is taken from The Rough Guide to Portugal , your travel guide for Portugal.

Pousada Convento de Tavira, Tavira, Algarve

Pousada Convento de Tavira was originally a 16th century convent.

  • Beautifully converted convent.
  • Original features like cloisters and chapel retained.
  • Plush rooms overlook quaint Tavira and countryside.
  • Pousada swimming pool within Tavira old town walls.

Pousada Convento de Tavira in eastern Algarve © Caron Badkin/Shutterstock

Pousada Castelo deAlcácer do Sal, Alentejo

Pousada Castelo deAlcácer do Sal is a former Moorish castle.

  • Original building is over 1000 years old.
  • One of Portugal's classiest pousadas.
  • Contemporary rooms, swimming pool, restaurant.
  • Views over medieval Alcácer do Sal and Rio Sado.

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Pestana Palacio do Freixo, Porto

Pestana Palacio do Freixo sits east of Porto's Ribeira quarter.

  • The first luxury pousada in Porto.
  • Baroque palace dating back to 1742.
  • Magnificently restored, with riverside setting.
  • Period style main building with restaurant and bar.
  • Contemporary guest rooms, many with Douro views.
  • Outdoor infinity pool, indoor pool and spa.

Pousada Convento de Beja, Beja, Alentejo

Serene Pousada Convento de Beja was originally a 13th century convent.

  • Set in historic town centre of Beja.
  • Thoughtfully restored, retains original cloisters and church.
  • Former cells now plush rooms.
  • High quality restaurant and bar.
  • Lush garden, outdoor pool and tennis courts.
  • Sauna and Turkish bath.

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Pousada de Viseu, Viseu

Historic Pousada de Viseu is Portugal's largest pousada.

  • Dates back to 1842, once a hospital.
  • Photographs throughout document meticulous conversion.
  • Spacious cherry wood rooms with stone windows.
  • Top floor rooms have terraces overlooking Viseu.
  • Lounge in glazed cloister courtyard.
  • Pools, restaurant and spa.

Convento de Evora, one of the finest pousadas de Portugal © Pierre-Olivier/Shutterstock

Pousada Convento de Évora, Évora, Alentejo

Charming Convento de Évora is one of Portugal's finest pousadas.

  • Housed in former Convento dos Lóios.
  • Set in Évora in southern Portugal.
  • Designed around superb inner courtyards.
  • Beautiful rooms, traditional features, antique furniture.
  • Restaurant set in cloisters serves Alentejan specialties.

Palácio de Estói, Estói, Algarve

  • Opulent Palácio de Estói sits 11km north of Faro.
  • Former 19th century palace of Viscount of Estói.
  • Palatial pousada with wood panelling, gilt mirrors, high ceilings.
  • Modern guest rooms.
  • Outdoor pool, ornate gardens, bar and gourmet restaurant.

Palace of Estoi north of Faro in Algarve © anyaivanova/Shutterstock

Pousada Castelo deÓbidos, Óbidos

Pousada Castelo deÓbidos is set within a medieval castle in Óbidos.

  • Only 17 rooms, eight housed in new wing.
  • Lavish Portuguese rustic design style.
  • Featuring original stone walls and other period details.
  • Duplex suite available in one of the castle towers.
  • Good restaurant with refined take on local food.

One of Portugal's medieval pousadas, Castle of Obidos © Taromon/Shutterstock

Pousada Mosteiro do Crato, Flor de Rosa, Crato

  • Stylish Pousada Mosteiro do Crato opened in 1995.
  • Originally a 14th century gothic monastery.
  • Founded by father of Portuguese general, Nuno Álvares Pereira.
  • Original gardens laid out in Order of Malta insignia.
  • Design blends period building with contemporary comfort.
  • Games room, outdoor pool and restaurant.

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