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.
Pousada Convento de Tavira was originally a 16th century convent and it's an ideal base for exploring what are some of the best beaches in Portugal on nearby Isla de Tavira. Set in a beautifully converted convent it retains original features like cloisters and its chapel.
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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Pousada Castelo deAlcácer do Sal is a former Moorish castle with views over medieval Alcácer do Sal and Rio Sado. The original building is over 1000 years old and it's one of Portugal's classiest pousadas, featuring contemporary rooms as well as a swimming pool and its own restaurant.
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Pestana Palacio do Freixo sits east of Porto's Ribeira quarter and is the first luxury pousada in Porto. Originally a Baroque palace dating back to 1742 it has been magnificently restored and enjoys a lovely riverside setting.
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.
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Serene Pousada Convento de Beja was originally a 13th century convent at the heart of historic Beja old town. Thanks to thoughtful restoration it retains the original cloisters and church and even the former nuns' cells have been redesigned as plush bedrooms.
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.
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Historic Pousada de Viseu is Portugal's largest pousada and dates back to 1842 when it was originally a hospital. If you're interested in design, look for the photographs throughout which document its meticulous conversion.
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.
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Charming Convento de Évora, housed in former Convento dos Lóios, is one of Portugal's finest pousadas. It's designed around superb inner courtyards and traditional details and antique furniture feature in all the bedrooms.
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.
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Chilling on Algarve beaches may be one of the best things to do in Portugal, but it's worth heading inland a little to discover Palácio de Estói, an opulent pousada just 11km north of Faro in the former 19th century palace of the Viscount of Estói.
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.
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Getting off the beaten track is one of our 20 essential Portugal travel tips for year round trips and Pousada Castelo deÓbidos certainly fulfills most escapist fantasies. Set within a medieval castle in Óbidos it features original stone walls, suites in towers and lavish Portuguese rustic design.
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.
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Stylish Pousada Mosteiro do Crato opened in 1995 in what was once a 14th century gothic monastery founded by the father of General Nuno Álvares Pereira. So don't be surprised to discover the original gardens laid out in Order of Malta insignia.
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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