The luxury pousadas Portugal offers promise a unique stay. So if you crave spa treatments in ancient chapels, sleeping peacefully in a monk’s cell or even calling a castle tower home for the night, these are the places to stay. The information in this article is taken from The Rough Guide to Portugal, your travel guide for Portugal.
You'll find pousadas in historic Portuguese towns so they make perfect pitstops if you're following one of our 4 Portugal itineraries for exciting road trips. But they're also in the heart of the country and even in beachy Algarve. Tempted? Here's our pick of the 9 best pousadas in Portugal.
The Pousada's swimming pool is built into the old town walls and each of its plush rooms overlooks open countryside or quaint Tavira, which is said to be one of the prettiest towns in Portugal.
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The period-style main building houses the Pousada's restaurant and bar, however, all guest rooms are contemporary and many have views across the Douro. Guests can also enjoy the outdoor infinity pool, indoor pool and spa. For more on Portugal's second city take a look at where to stay in Porto, an expert guide.
Set in lush gardens with an outdoor pool and tennis courts, the Pousada offers high quality restaurant and bar, and guests can relax in either the luxurious sauna or decadent Turkish baths. If you want to see more of Beja take a look at our guide to the best restaurants in Portugal right now.
The beautiful guest bedrooms are spacious and feature abundant use of cherry wood rooms as well as lovely stone window frames. Book a room on the top floor and you have a terrace overlooking Viseu. The lounge is set in a glazed cloister courtyard and the pousada also offers pools, a restaurant and spa.
You'll find this pousada in Évora in southern Portugal. Big on local heritage, its delightful restaurant is set into the convent's cloisters and specialises in traditional Alentejan dishes. To find out more about Évora take a look at the most beautiful places in Portugal to visit.
Palatial in the extreme, the public rooms here are awash with wood panelling, gilt mirrors and high ceilings. However, all bedrooms are luxuriously modern and guests also enjoy an outdoor pool, ornate gardens and a gourmet restaurant.
With only 17 rooms, eight of which are housed in a new wing, there's a pleasant sense of exclusivity here. The pousada even features a very good restaurant serving elevated versions of traditional local dishes.
Contemporary design has been carefully blended with period detail here. The theme throughout is quietly luxurious comfort and as well as a fine restaurant guests also have use of a games room and outdoor pool. For more historic Portuguese pousadas see our guide to top Portugal hotels for unusual stays.
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