Pousada de Murtosa-Torreira
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- Number of rooms: 20
- Air conditioning
- 24-hour reception
- Free internet (public areas)
- Outdoor pool (seasonal)
- Safe at reception
- Room service
- Business centre
- Tennis court
- Airport (80km)
Pousada da Torreira -Murtosa - Elegantly designed modern hotel
On the Atlantic coast south of Porto, and located on the isthmus that connects Murtosa to the beaches of S. Jacinto, this Pousada is set in a preserved area of unique natural beauty. The verandas and balconies of this fine modern building overlook a tributary of the River Aveiro, and on peaceful evenings you can watch the fishermen at work on their traditional Moliceiros boats. The sea seems to blend in with the hotel’s gorgeous swimming pool, which can be admired from the restaurant’s spacious terraces and the rooms’ many balconies. The many activities featured at this Pousada include bird-watching, horseback riding, golf and boat rides on the infinite Atlantic Ocean. As such, Murtosa-Torreira – also known as Ria – is the perfect destination for all travellers, be they looking for adventures, dynamic activities, quality family time or a relaxing stay away from the tumult of daily life.
One of the most striking attribute of Torreira in Portugal undoubtedly is its beach, the Praia da Torreira. It stretches over 25 kilometres north to south, and will be highly appreciated by walkers keen to engage in some physical activity while enjoying magnificent maritime landscapes. The ocean plays an important role in the life and spirit of Torreira, as it participates in both the commercial development and the unique gastronomy of the city. Most of the traditional Portuguese dishes in this area are indeed fish-based, such as caldeirada eel – a fish stew marinated in copper dishes, giving it a truly authentic taste.
The other must-see feature or Torreira is its architecture, whose exceptionality is reflected in a number of historical buildings. The inside of Jesus Church is worth visiting: the delicate carvings on its ceiling suggest the work of a greatly talented goldsmith. The Princess Saint Joana’s tomb is a magnificent example of typical eighteenth century Portuguese architecture and displays marble inlays remarkable for their sophistication. Other monuments include the Se Cathedral, which dates back to the fifteenth century, and the S. Domingos stone cross.
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Lunch is served from 13.00 to 15.00
Dinner is served from 19.30 to 22.00
- Eels with “Escabeche” Sauce (pickling brine)
- Cockle Pies
- Eel Stew with Chili Peppers
How to get there
From Estarreja centre 1. Head southwest on R. do Jornal Estarreja/N224-3 toward Av. Vinte e Cinco de Abril (43 ft) 2. Take the 1st right onto R. Agostinho Leite/N109 Continue to follow N109 (0.2 mi) 3. Turn left onto R. Dr. Pereira Melo (0.3 mi) 4. Turn right onto R. Conselheiro José Luciano Castro/EM558 Continue to follow EM558 (0.8 mi) 5. Turn left onto R. da Gândara/CM1424 (203 ft) 6. Continue onto R. dos Lagoais/EM558-2 Continue to follow EM558-2 (1.1 mi) 7. Turn right onto N109-5 Go through 1 roundabout (5.7 mi) 8. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto N327 Go through 1 roundabout Destination will be on the left (5.5 mi)
Guimaraes - 120 Km
Condeixa - 101 Km
Amares - 134 Km
Oporto Airport - 80 Km
Region & Cuisine
Portugal’s Central Region was formerly known as ‘Beiras’, the traditional name for the area between the country’s two great rivers – the Douro and the Tejo (Tagus).
The region is bordered by the neighbouring Regions of Porto & the North, and the Alentejo and Lisbon & the Tagus Valley to the south, Spain – Castilla y León and Extremadura – to the east and by the Atlantic in the west.
This is a region of contrasts with the largely flat Atlantic coastline with its white sandy beaches, pine forests and temperate climate giving way towards the interior to hills and mountains culminating in the ‘Serra da Estrela’, the highest mountain range within mainland Portugal. The region’s main river, the Mondego, has its source here, eventually reaching the Atlantic at Figueira da Foz after flowing through Coimbra, the principal city of this region. The region’s rural interior offers wonderful landscapes, notably within the Serra da Estrela National Park; glacial lakes and crystal-clear spring waters with spa towns such as Curia and Luso; ancient forests and dense woodlands on the mountain slopes, and many historic little towns and villages almost hidden away – Belmonte, with its delightful Pousada and splendid castle being a good example.
The medieval city of Coimbra in the east of the region and roughly mid-way between Lisbon and Porto is home to Portugal’s – and one of Europe’s – oldest university, known in particular for its sumptuous Baroque library. This is a monumental city: near the university is the Old Cathedral (Romanesque) and in the ancient streets with their medieval walls, arches and stairways are the 12th century Santa Cruz monastery, the 13th century Celas monastery and, on the river bank, the Baroque 17th century convent of Santa Clara-a-Nova. Some 10 miles to the south of Coimbra (and very close to the Pousada de Condeixa-a-Nova) is Conímbriga, the site of the most important Roman remains in Portugal.
Other notable historic towns include the already-mentioned Belmonte, and medieval Guarda and Castelo Branco, all in the west of the region; the coastal town of Aveiro with its lagoon, canals and typical ‘moliceiro’ boats; and towards the centre of the region Viseu with its traditional stone architecture, medieval buildings and further Roman remains.
The cuisine of this region is varied, with fish and seafood naturally predominating along the coastline. In the interior, roast suckling pig and lamb stews are particularly delicious regional specialities along with varieties of sausage, smoked meats and locally produced cheeses from the Serra da Estrela, Alcains and Castelo Branco.
This is a wine-growing region with a long tradition – the full-bodied Dão red wines are known internationally (recommended are those from Quinta da Pellada, Quinta dos Roques and Quinta de Sães), and Bairrada table and sparkling wines are also known for their quality.
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