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Alijó
Alijó - 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.
Pousada de Alijó - Barão de Forrester, Alijó
Style: Charming Pousada w/pool in the heart of wine region
The 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. 
Amares
Amares - Between the city of Braga and the Gerês mountain range, stands Sta. Maria do Bouro Pousada, the result of the restoration of a former Cistercian Monastery, one of the most characteristic of that period in Portugal.  In accordance with the monastic severity, but with a comfortable and modern decoration, this Pousada is an absolute must to discover the cultural sites of Minho.
Pousada de Amares - Sta. Maria do Bouro, Amares
Style: Historic Design Pousada w/pool Formerly a 12th C. Monastery 
Between 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.
Bragança
Bragança  - 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.
Pousada de Bragança - São Bartolomeu
Style: Charming Pousada w/pool in Nature Surroundings
Bragança, 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 culture.
Geres/Caniçada
Geres/Caniçada  - With a unique location in the heart of Peneda/Gerês National Park, this Pousada has a breath taking 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.
Pousada de Geres / Canicada - S.Bento
Style: Nature Pousada w/pool and Scenic Views
It 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. .
Guimarães
Guimarães   - 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. 
Pousada de Guimaraes - Nossa Sra. da Oliveira, Guimarães
Style: Charming Pousada in Monumental Town
The 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.
Pousada de Guimaraes - Santa Marinha, Guimarães
Theme: Paradores of Spain and Pousadas of Portugal
Near 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.
Marão
Marão - Amarante so to say, comes into existence when a preacher with the fame of a saint visits this place. This was in the 13th century.  The preacher falls in love with place, builds a hermitage and begins to create conditions for a village to take shape. He begins by throwing a bridge over the Tamega which encourages peoples to settle there.   Later on, the very fame of Gonçalo's holiness keeps drawing more and more people to the place. The religious element is very much present in the creation of this city. Some road from Santiago to the South, would pass close to Amarante, and the peregrines, knowing the fame of the preacher saint could not help making a small detours to came and see and listen to him in person. 
Pousada de Marão - São Gonçalo, Marão
Style: Hotel Pousada in a Scenic Nature Area
The 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.
Mesão Frio
Mesão Frio - The Solar was built in the 18th century on the terraced vineyards leading down to the river Douro. At that time the view would have been to the fast flowing river but now it is a long lake with hotel boats making a tranquil cruise across the breadth of Portugal to the Spanish border. The perfect way to arrive at this hotel must be to take one of the boats going upriver from Porto and see the magnificent scenery with the terraced vineyards and the white farms and solares standing proudly in the middle of their estates. 
Pousada de Mesão Frio - Solar da Rede, Mesão Frio
Style: Manor House Pousada w/pool with a Vineyard
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.
Valenca do Minho
Valenca do Minho - Set on the highest place of the old fortified area of Valença, near the Spanish border, this Pousada enjoys a magnificent view over Spain, over 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. Placed on the top of two small hills, it is formed by two polygons: the Magistral Square and the Coroa or Coroada (Hormeveque style) separated by a ditch that protects the four Doors (Coroada, Gaviarra, Fonte da Vila and Sol). 
Pousada de Valença do Minho - São Teotónio
Style: Historic Design Pousada
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.
Viana do Castelo (Costa Verde)
Viana do Castelo - Scarcely hundreds of metres away, is the Monte de Sta. Luzia (the Sta. Luzia hill) which looks over the town and the mouth of the river as far as the Atlantic.  It was here, in 1903, that Domingos José de Morais, a Portuguese man who made his fortune in Brazil, ordered the construction of a hotel which he then gave to the town.  Inaugurated in 1918, this Hotel is ideally 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.
Pousada de Viana do Castelo - Monte de Sta. Luzia, Viana Do Castelo
Style: Modern Restored Pousada w/pool
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.
Vila Nova de Cerveira
Vila Nova de Cerveira - The consolidation of  V. N. Cerveira as a tourist destination is supported in products of great historical and cultural 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. Also important is the S. Cipriano Church, from the 19th century, but with previous vestiges from the 16th century, and the Chapel of S. Roque, built after the 1564 plague.
Pousada de Vila Nova de Cerveira - D.Diniz, Vila Nova de Cerveira
Style: Historic Design Pousada
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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