Pousada de Gerês-Caniçada
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- Number of rooms: 38
- Air conditioning
- 24-hour reception
- Free internet (public areas)
- Outdoor pool (seasonal)
- Safe at reception
- Room service
- Business Centre
- Tennis court
- Gym (spa)
- Airport (100km)
Pousada de Gerês Caniçada - Traditional manor house in panoramic setting
Majestically located half way up a mountain in the heart of the Peneda/Gerês National Park 85km from Porto, the Pousada de Geres-Canicada has breathtaking views over the River Cávado and the Caniçada dam. Sipping wine on the terrace looking at reflections of the sunset in the water, this is a perfect spot to relax in and you will not be surprised to know that UNESCO classify this park a World Biosphere Reserve.
The panorama here is a huge draw, and the Pousada de Geres-Canicada has been specifically designed to make the most of the immense views of the valleys, mountains, rivers and the dam from every perspective. From your bedroom or from a table on the terrace, you can take in the depth of the green and lush landscape that surrounds Geres’ Pousada, and it will be hard to resist the urge to don walking boots and set off to explore the peaks, sierras and valleys within view.
The building is a stone and timber hillside retreat with large stone fireplaces, wood-clad balconies, large windows, traditional chandeliers and comfortable seating in the lounge area. Most of the Pousada’s bedrooms have balconies facing the valley and their décor contrasts with the feel of the public areas, with their more modern style and comforts.
The restaurant is very traditional and rustic, and the menu features quality products of the region such as Padeira-style beef, Minho-style pork, roasted kid and of course various cod dishes which, enjoyed in this panoramic setting accompanied with the young ‘vinho verde’ and other local wines, make for a memorable occasion.
The swimming pool – which is open seasonally - is exceptionally tempting with a design that allows it to be in the sun all day.
The atmosphere in Geres’ Pousada is relaxed and friendly, and staff are very helpful with suggestions of interesting itineraries and places to visit in the surrounding countryside. You have many options as to the activities you can enjoy in the area, including birdwatching, horse-riding, canoeing, 4x4 safaris, mountain biking, mountaineering and hill-walking; there are also several waterfalls and rivers to take in if you prefer a slower pace.
The National Park of Peneda-Gerês is found between Alto Minho and Trás-os-Montes, with an area of 70,290ha, and is one of the most popular of Portugal’s national parks to visit – also Portugal’s second highest mountain range with peaks of 1300-1545m.
Particularly notable sights are the stepped landscapes, the Arado river, the panorama from the Pedra Bela viewpoint, the submerged village of Vilarinho das Furnas, the bridge and legend of Misarela and the Monastery of Santa Maria das Junias, but almost everywhere you turn here, you will have plenty to focus on.
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Lunch is served from 13.00 to 15.00
Dinner is served from 19.30 to 22.00
- Minced Meat Porridge
- Gratinéed Cod Fish, Mashed potatoes and Onion Sauce
- Roast Kid Goat
How to get there
From Braga 1. Head west on Av. Central toward Largo de São Francisco/N101 (177 ft) 2. Turn right onto Largo de São Francisco/N101 Continue to follow N101 (0.2 mi) 3. Slight right onto Av. Gen. Norton de Matos/N101 Continue to follow Av. Gen. Norton de Matos (0.2 mi) 4. Turn right onto Av. António Macedo (0.9 mi) 5. Continue onto Av. Padre Júlio Fragata (0.6 mi) 6. Take the ramp (0.1 mi) 7. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Av. João Paulo II (0.5 mi) 8. Continue onto Av. Gen. Carrilho da Silva Pinto (0.9 mi) 9. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Av. de São Pedro (0.7 mi) 10. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Av. do Fojo (0.5 mi) 11. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Av. de São Pedro (0.6 mi) 12. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto N103 Go through 2 roundabouts (13.1 mi) 13. Turn left onto N304 Destination will be on the right (1.0 mi)
Amares - 24 Km
Guimaraes - 89 Km
Valenca do M. - 96 Km
Oporto Airport - 100 Km
Region & Cuisine
PORTO & THE NORTH
This for us is the most scenically spectacular of all of Portugal’s five official Regions on the mainland. Bordering the Spanish regions of Galicia to the north and Castilla y León to the east, and with the Atlantic to the west, this is essentially a mountainous region that encompasses two important river systems: the Minho in the north-west forming part of the border with Spain, and further south the Douro running roughly east-west and reaching the Atlantic at the city of Porto. With a mild climate – winter temperatures average 13/14ºC, rising to 26ºC in July and August – this is a region to visit at any time of the year.
Porto is the principal city of the region – it’s Portugal’s second city and gave the country its name. Only an hour and a half or so from the UK by air, Porto is rapidly becoming one of the most popular ‘city break’ destinations for visitors from this country, and for good reason. Most of the historic quarter can comfortably be explored on foot, and a spectacular view of the city and of Vila Nova de Gaia (Gaia for short) on the other side of the Douro can be seen from the splendid Romanesque-Gothic cathedral in the old quarter. Another, more leisurely, way of seeing both Porto and Gaia is by taking a trip on one of the river boats that run between the eastern edge of the city and the point at which the Douro enters the Atlantic.
No mention of Porto is complete without a reference to the most famous product of this region, port wine. Most of the major producers have their cellars across the river in Gaia: here the wine, produced on the estates up-river in and around the Douro Valley, is aged before being shipped to markets throughout the world, and a visit to one of these cellars followed by a tasting of a few varieties is absolutely recommended. Moored in Gaia are the original ‘Rabelo’ boats which were used to transport the wine down from the estates. Nowadays, modern cruise vessels carry passengers up into the Douro Valley, and beyond as far as Spain, for trips of one day to a week.
North of Porto is the ‘Costa Verde’, running up to the River Minho and the Spanish border. The principal town on this coast is the elegant resort of Viana do Castelo, famous throughout Portugal for its ‘Fiesta of Fiestas’ on the third weekend of August,while further north and a few miles inland, on the banks of the Minho and with glorious views across the river to Spain, is the little town of Vila Nova de Cerveira and its charming Pousada.
Other notable towns in the region are Braga, founded by the Celts in 300 BC and an important Roman administrative centre, and Guimarães, a medieval town known as the birthplace of the Portuguese nation and with a magnificently well-preserved historic centre. And in the mountainous ‘Tras-os-Montes’ in the north-west, the historic towns of Chaves and Bragança stand out.
But a major attraction of this beautiful region of Portugal has to be its outstanding scenery. To appreciate this to the full you really need a car and a touring holiday of a week or so, starting and finishing in Porto and staying at several Pousadas en route, will provide a perfect introduction to the region. We would certainly suggest staying a night or two in Porto itself and an ideal route would include the highly-recommended Pousadas at Vila Nova de Cerveira, Amares (near the exceptionally beautiful Peneda-Gerês National Park), Guimarães, Alijó and/or Mesão Frio in the Douro Valley area, the latter with quite magnificent views of the river valley itself, then back to Porto.
The cuisine of the region naturally includes fish of the highest quality along the coastal stretch (including lampreys, a speciality of Vilanova de Cerveira) and inevitably ‘bacalhau’ (codfish), for which there are either 365 or 1,001 methods of preparation – whoever you believe – throughout Portugal. A very popular local speciality is ‘caldo verde’, a green cabbage and spicy sausage soup; rich meaty stews in the mountainous north-west, and everywhere a profusion of sweet desserts, many of them almond based, cakes and pastries. This is ‘vinho verde’ territory so this light, white wine is found throughout the region, while several excellent red wines are produced in the area of the Douro. And, of course, there is always port.......
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