Hotels in Porto and Northern Portugal
|Região Norte (English:
North Region), is a region in the northern part of Portugal. It is a land
of dense vegetation and profound historic and cultural wealth. Its capital
is the city of Porto. It is one of five regions of Mainland
Portugal (NUTS II subdivisions). The Norte is a culturally varied region,
thus historical rivalry between different neighbouring cities and towns
are very common, although with a strong common Portuguese identity, but
unlike other Portuguese regions where every city and town are culturally
also known as Oporto in English, is Portugal's second city and the
capital of Norte region. It is, along with Lisbon, one of Portugal's two
global cities. The city is located in the estuary of the Douro river in
northern Portugal. Being the largest city in the region, it is considered
the economic and cultural heart of the entire region. With an estimated
population of about 220,000 (est.2008), it lies at the centre of the political
Greater Metropolitan Area of Porto, with a population of slightly more
than 1.7 million (est. 2008), and is the main agglomeration of northern
|The city of Porto comprises
15 civil parishes. The historic centre of Porto was declared a World Heritage
Site by UNESCO in 1996. One of Portugal's most internationally famous products,
Port wine, is named after the city because it is produced in, and shipped
from the area or, more precisely, from Vila Nova de Gaia, a city just across
the river which belongs to the same conurbation. The country was also named
after the Latin name of Porto, Portus Cale.
In recent years, UNESCO recognised
its historic centre as a World Heritage Site. Among the architectural highlights
of the city, Oporto Cathedral is the oldest surviving structure, together
with the small romanesque Church of Cedofeita, the gothic Igreja de São
Francisco (Church of Saint Francis), the remnants of the city walls and
a few 15th-century houses. The baroque style is well represented in the
city in the elaborate gilt work interior decoration of the churches of
St. Francis and St. Claire (Santa Clara), the churches of Mercy (Misericórida)
and of the Clerics (Igreja dos Clérigos), the Episcopal Palace of
Porto, and others. The neoclassicism and romanticism of the 19th and 20th
centuries also added interesting monuments to the landscape of the city,
like the magnificent Stock Exchange Palace (Palácio da Bolsa), the
Hospital of Saint Anthony, the Municipality, the buildings in the Liberdade
Square and the Avenida dos Aliados, the tile-adorned São Bento Train
Station and the gardens of the Crystal Palace (Palácio de Cristal).
A guided visit to the Palácio da Bolsa, and in particular the Arab
Room, is a major tourist attraction.
In 2001, Porto shared the designation
European Culture Capital. In the scope of these events, the construction
of the major concert hall space Casa da Música, designed by the
Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, was initiated and finished in 2005.
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- The council of Alijó has a lot to see and experience, in a variety
of forms and in the different seasons of the year varying from one village
to another. Walking through the main town Alijó gives us a
good picture of this variety. The architectonic heritage is vast.
Next to the town hall, in the ancient part of the town, is the Pillory
– classified as Building of public Interest. Some of the other monuments
to visit are: the Parish Church built in the 18th century, dedicated to
Santa Maria Maior; the fountain in front of the church; the square in front
of the Town Hall; the monument in honour of the Douro Man – witnesses by
this council his historic vitality and main activity: the art and struggle
of wine growing.
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de Alijó - Barão de Forrester, Alijó
Pousada de Alijó, Barão de Forrester is a charming hotel
located in the old village of Alijó, heart of the Douro Wine Region,
among the famous "quintas", small estates where the Porto Wine vineyards
grow. It is the most perfect place to get to know how the Oporto
wine is produced, one of the most famous wines in the World. The proximity
of the Douro river allows guests to go on pleasant cruises, and enjoy one
of the most beautiful landcapes in the country. Next to the town
hall, in the ancient part of the town, is the Pillory – classified as Building
of public Interest. Some of the other monuments to visit are: the Parish
Church built in the 18th century, dedicated to Santa Maria Maior; the fountain
in front of the church; the square in front of the Town Hall; the monument
in honour of the Douro Man – witnesses by this council his historic vitality
and main activity: the art and struggle of wine growing.
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is a municipality in Portugal with a total area of 82.0 km² and a
total population of 19,290 inhabitants. The municipality is composed of
24 parishes, and is located in Braga District. The present Mayor is José
Gonçalves Barbosa, elected by the Socialist Party. The municipal
holiday is June 13.
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de Amares - Sta. Maria do Bouro, Amares
the city of Braga and the Gerês mountain range, stands the Pousada
de Amares, Sta. Maria do Bouro, result of the restoration of a former Cistercian
Monastery and one of the most characteristic of that period in Portugal.
In accordance with the monastic severity, but with a comfortable and modern
decoration, this historic luxury hotel is an absolute must to discover
the cultural sites of Minho.
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- The city is ideally located near the border between Spain and Portugal.
In Bragança, with its strategic position, has token place many constructions
of fortresses before Fernão Mendes, brother in law of D. Afonso
Henriques, demanded the creation of the city walls in 1130. It has
been Brigantia. In its interior is the castle of D. Sancho I, established
in 1187, with donjon and vigil towers, which have many tragic legends that
say they were the refuge of Dona Sancha, the unhappy wife of Fernão
Mendes. The legends also say that other wives were kept prisoners in those
towers. Between the city walls, it’s also the pentagonal Domus Municipalis
from the 17th century, that is the unique model still remaining of the
Romanic civil architecture in Portugal.
de Bragança - São Bartolomeu
too often forgotten due to its distance from the decision-making centres,
will be impossible to forget, once visited. From the Pousada de Bragança,
São Bartolomeu, on top of a hill of the Nogueira montain range,
you have a superb view over the castle. The Pousada de S. Bartolomeu
enjoys a sensational view which stretches across the plateau lying beyond
the mountains. After a visit to the city sites and monuments, a magnificent
evening can be enjoyed by the pool. Located in one of the most interesting
medieval cities of Portugal, this charming hotel in Bragança combines
perfectly its architecture, decoration and gastronomy with the regional
(PENEDA-GERES NATIONAL PARK) FEATURED HOTELS, NORTHERN PORTUGAL
for more hotels in Caniçada and surrounding areas
National Park, also known simply as Gerês, is the only national
park in Portugal (although many Natural Parks, Protected Landscapes and
Reserves exist across the nation). It is located in the Norte region, in
the northwest of Portugal. It is in the districtes of Viana do Castelo,
Braga and Vila Real. The park was created on May 8, 1971 due to its national
and international scientific interest, with the aim to protect the soil,
water, flora, fauna, and landscape, while preserving its value to the existent
human and natural resources. Education and tourism are also goals of the
de Gerês Caniçada - S.Bento
is a nature hotel with a unique location, right in the heart of Peneda/Gerês
National Park. The Pousada de Gerês Caniçada, São Bento,
has a breathaking view over the river Cávado and the peaceful Caniçada
dam. These are landscapes to remember, while appreciating a delicious
appetizer on the Pousada's terrace, looking down at the beautiful sunset
reflected on the water. .
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for more hotels in Guimarães and surrounding areas
- Although is essentially a mediaeval town, Guimarães has its
origins in the distant 10th century. It was at this time that the Countess
Mumadona Dias, widow of Hemengildo Mendes ordered the construction
of a monastery which became the focal point for a settlement. For its defence
she ordered a Castle to be built on a hill a short distance away, thus
creating a second nucleus of development. A street grew-up linking one
to the other - the Santa Maria Road. Later the monastery acquired
great importance due to the privileges and donations bestowed on it by
kings and nobility. It became a famous centre for pilgrimage attracting
the prayers and promises of the faithful drawn from all quarters.
de Guimaraes - Nossa Sra. da Oliveira, Guimarães
Pousada de Guimarães, Nossa Sra. da Oliveira is located in the medieval
historical centre of Guimarães, traditionally known as the birthplace
of the Portuguese nation. This charming hotel pousada has been successfully
adapted from a private manor house, and offers all the comfort of modern
amenities, while maintains the charm and privacy characteristics. From
the windows you can enjoy looking over the church steeples and ancient
rooftops, inviting you to get to know the surrounding Medieval streets,
leading to the majestic monuments, so characteristic of the city.
It is part of the liveliness of the city, helping to reflect its century
old traditions. Staying at this Pousada and walking through the narrow
streets that lead to the castle and to the Palace of the Dukes, is like
discovering the history of Portugal.
de Guimaraes - Santa Marinha, Guimarães
the historical centre of Guimarães, set on a hill overlooking the
city, we find the majestic Pousada de Guimarães, Santa Marinha,
a former XII Century Augustin Monastery, which after being rebuilt and
restored, received the National Architectural Prize in 1985. This
historic luxury hotel has unique charming points, like the superb gardens,
to be counted among the best Portuguese’s gardens, a magnificent stone
staircase and an artificial lake can be found among the trees. The
rich Portuguese glazed tiles, the cloisters, the terraces over the city
will, together with the magnificent cuisine and wines, make you wish to
stay for a very long time.
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de Marão - São Gonçalo, Marão
Pousada do Marão, São Gonçalo, is a nature hotel set
on the Marão Mountain Range and only 20km from the town of Amarante.
This Pousada is the perfect place to enjoy the magnificent landscapes of
the mountains and the Tâmega valley. The splendour of the view from
the Pousada sitting room is matched by the excellent quality of the cuisine.
In the hotel's immediate surroundings, guests can enjoy the most beautiful
tours, amongst which a visit to Mateus Palace, which apart fromits architectural
beauty, offers guests a full programme of international cultural activities.
FRIO FEATURED HOTELS, NORTHERN PORTUGAL
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Frio is a municipality in Portugal with a total area of 26.7 km²
and a total population of 4,652 inhabitants. The municipality is
composed of 7 parishes, and is located in the district of Vila Real.
The present Mayor is Marco António Peres Teixeira da Silva, elected
by the Social Democratic Party. The municipal holiday is November
de Mesão Frio - Solar da Rede, Mesão Frio
This Pousada, with breathtaking
views over the River Douro, offers superb hotel accommodation in an 18th
Century Quinta in a port wine region of Portugal. In the middle of
the Douro demarcated wine region, on the road from Mesão Frio to
Régua, is the Pousada Solar da Rede, with its breathtaking view
over the River Douro. Ideally located within a 27-hectare vineyard, this
18th century manor house offers visitors the chance to sample the reality
of local vineyard life, whilst reliving the ways of Port savouring.
The furniture is outstanding and the individually designed rooms have been
described as 'a museum of beds' with each bedroom containing one of the
finest beds of an age and having all the furniture in the room to match.
These fine pieces are also throughout the public rooms of this historic
luxury hotel where they fit in perfectly with the architectural grandeur
and the decorated tiling on many of the walls.
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|Porto, also known as Oporto
in English, is Portugal's second city and the capital of Norte region.
It is, along with Lisbon, one of Portugal's two global cities. The city
is located in the estuary of the Douro river in northern Portugal. Being
the largest city in the region, it is considered the economic and cultural
heart of the entire region. With an estimated population of about 220,000
(est.2008), it lies at the centre of the political Greater Metropolitan
Area of Porto, with a population of slightly more than 1.7 million (est.
2008), and is the main agglomeration of northern Portugal... read
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Porto Hotel, Porto
The AC Porto Hotel is located
in the Antas district of Porto, Portugal. The hotel is situated next to
the Dragao Football Stadium, home of the AC Porto football team, and within
four kilometres of the city centre.
Hotel Features. The stylish,
modern facade of the AC Porto Hotel opens to a designer interior. The reception
area is framed in steel and extends to a lobby area decorated in earth
tones with leather seating and sleek wood. Guests can workout in the ultra-modern
fitness room and relax in the sauna. Further amenities include laundry
facilities and garage parking for a surcharge of 12 EUR per night. Prices
are subject to change. Steel tables and spot lighting characterise the
AC Porto's trendy restaurant which is hung with modern art and serves Mediterranean
dishes prepared from fresh regional produce. Room service is available
24-hours a day. The Serralves Modern Art Museum, located 12 kilometres
from the hotel is housed in a stark, whitewashed modern property surrounded
by lush gardens. The Museum is home to a permanent art collection, a library
and a restaurant with an adjoining terrace.
Das Artes Hotel, Porto
Modern pale blue-fronted
building set in Porto's galleries area, the Eurostars Das Artes is 600
metres from the bustling Rua das Carmelitas. Rooms have modern decor in
neutral tones, with large headboards, air conditioning, satellite television,
safes, wireless Internet, mini-bars, pay movies and telephones. The Eurostars
Das Artes bar serves drinks and light snacks, which are also available
via the 24-hour room service menu. The hotel has meeting and conference
facilities available for hire and offers a range of business services.
There is no restaurant onsite, but the area of Porto surrounding the hotel
has many cafes and restaurants offering local dishes and local Douro wines.
The beach and port are a ten-minute walk from the Eurostars Das Artes;
for those feeling energetic, it is a five-minute walk to the nearest fitness
centre. Porto's Aeropuerto Dr. Francisco Sa Carneiro is 15 kilometers away.
Dom Henrique, Porto
The Dom Henrique is a 1970s-built
high-rise hotel, designed with input from Portugal's top architects, located
100 meters from the city center. The modern guestrooms are decorated in
creams and reds with wood furnishings. All include high-speed Internet
connections, fax and modem points. Cable television with radio, telephones,
and minibars. Marble bathrooms come with speakers and complimentary toiletries.
All rooms are nonsmoking. The Restaurant Alem Mar is decorated with warm
colors with an intricate tiled wall, exclusively designed by a prominent
Portuguese artist. Here, guests can sample Portuguese specialties including
Bacalhau (dried cod) and Roasted Octopus. The Rivoli Theater and City Hall
are both within 750 meters of the hotel. Oporto Airport is 15 kilometers
from the hotel. Taxis are affordable and available 24 hours from outside
Porto Hotel & Spa, Porto
A modern 12-storey hotel
surrounded by mature trees and situated in downtown Porto, less than one
kilometre from the main business district and five kilometres from the
city's historic centre. The hotel's spa provides a range of treatments
which combine European and Oriental traditions, a gym, a Zen studio with
classes in Swasthya Yoga, mixed sauna and hammam. Additionally, guests
can make use of the indoor swimming pool with hydrotherapy classes and
hairdressing salon. The spa has 7 treatment rooms, where facial and body
treatments, hot stone therapy and aromatherapy treatments take place, with
ESPA products. Restaurant Porto Novo is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner
and specialises in traditional Portuguese cuisine. The restaurant has a
glass-covered Bar New Yorker is styled to resemble a New York bar, with
rich red armchairs and black bar, situated in the hotel's lobby and offers
live musical entertainment and an exhaustive cocktail list.
DO MINHO FEATURED HOTELS, NORTHERN PORTUGAL
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little town of Valença do Minho lies on commanding heights
above the left bank of the River Minho, Miño in Spanish, which here
forms the frontier between Spain and Portugal (frontier crossing). Nowadays
there is hardly any sense of the past rivalry between the two states and
there is a lively crossborder traffic between Valença do Minho and
Tui on the other side of the river. The Spaniards come to Valença
do Minho chiefly to purchase cloth goods, especially terry towelling.
The old core
of Valença do Minho is enclosed by the ramparts of its massive walls.
Although the town was always strongly fortified, the present Fortaleza,
or fort, is 17th C., in the Vauban style. From various points on the walls
there are superb views over the "new" town, some way below, the Minho valley
and the mountains of Galicia.
between whitewashed house crisscross the old town, and this is where the
textile shops can be found. Buildings worth seeing are the Capela de Sao
Sebastiao, the late 13th C. Igreja de Santa Maria dos Anjos, and the Igreja
Matriz, which was founded as a collegiate church by Joao I in about 1400.
de Valença do Minho - São Teotónio
The Pousada de Valença
do Minho, S. Teotónio, is set on the highest place of the old fortified
area of Valença, near the Spanish border. This charming hotel
in Northern Portugal enjoys a magnificent view over Spain, the peaceful
river Minho and the ancient village walls. Its cuisine delicacies are among
the best of the Minho regional traditions. The fortress is a piece
of Gothic and Baroque Military Architecture. The first walls were built
in the 13th century (1200). Nowadays it is a kind of bulwarked system,
Vauban type, built in the 17th and 18th centuries.
DO CASTELO (COSTA VERDE) FEATURED HOTELS, NORTHERN PORTUGAL
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Castelo is a city and a municipality and seat of the district of Viana
do Castelo in the Norte region of Portugal.
III of Portugal founded the town in 1253 in the name of Viana. In the 16th
century, its port gained great importance as one of the main ports from
which Portuguese explorers set sail, due to the discoveries. The most remarkable
buildings in the town are from this era. Its traditional folklore is among
the richest in the country.
de Viana do Castelo - Monte de Sta. Luzia, Viana Do Castelo
The Pousada de Viana do
Castelo is set on the hill of Santa Luzia, overlooking the city and the
beautiful estuary of the river Lima. Inaugurated in 1918, this charming
hotel is perfectly situated and has been part of the network Pousadas de
Portugal since 1979, formerly called Hotel Santa Luzia, this unit was restructured
to create a more welcoming and comfortable ambiance and then reopened as
Pousada do Monte Santa Luzia, with forty seven rooms, a suite, Swimming-pool,
tennis court, garden and playground for children. From this Pousada
guests can enjoy the view of one of the most beautiful landscapes of our
country, the city of Viana do Castelo and the sea. Its surrounding gardens
and woods, along with the magnificent swimming pool and the peaceful place
where the Pousada is set, allow guests an invigorating tranquillity.
NOVA DE CERVEIRA FEATURED HOTELS, NORTHERN PORTUGAL
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de Cerveirais a municipality in Portugal with a total area of 108.6
km² and a total population of 8,752 inhabitants (2006). The
municipality is composed of 15 parishes and is located in the district
of Viana do Castelo. The present Mayor is José Manuel Vaz Carpinteira,
elected by the Socialist Party. The municipal holiday is October 1.
de Vila Nova de Cerveira - D.Diniz, Vila Nova de Cerveira
The Pousada Vila Nova de
Cerveira, D. Diniz, is a boutique hotel set in a small XIII century manor
house, where rooms and suites have their own courtyards, and ensures guests
have total privacy. From the manor's old walls you have the most
magnificent view over the river Minho. This is an excellent starting point
to get to know the beautiful Minho landscapes and traditions, or even to
relive the military achievements of this land. The consolidation
of V. N. Cerveira as a tourist destination is also supported by products
of great historical, cultural and natural relevance, as the Mountain and
chapel of Espirito Santo, where there are visible remaining portions
of a defensive system, seem to be of Celtic origin.
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