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Pousada de Alijó

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  • Number of rooms: 21
  • Air conditioning
  • Lift
  • 24-hour reception
  • Free internet (public areas)
  • Outdoor pool (seasonal)
  • Restaurant
  • Parking area
  • Safe at reception
  • Laundry
  • Shop
  • Business centre
  • Tennis court
  • Airport (159km)

Pousada de Alijó - Elegant country manor

The Pousada

The old village of Alijó is situated to the east of Vila Real, in the heart of the Douro wine region in the north of Portugal. The Pousada Barão de Forrester is an elegant stone mansion named after Englishman, Joseph James Forrester, who arrived in Oporto in 1809 to encourage the production and export of port wine. Forrester received great recognition by the Portuguese for his contribution to the development of the Douro region and its wine production.
The Pousada itself is an elegant stone mansion, and offers a contemporary yet classic interior, with 21 bedrooms all equipped with air conditioning. The exterior of the property boasts a swimming pool and tennis court, the perfect place to relax while exploring the Douro region. The restaurant serves lovely regional cuisine using locally sourced fresh produce and of course a selection of great Douro wines.
The Pousada has free exterior parking.

Local area

The village of Alijó provides a perfect base for exploring this wine-making region, surrounded by the famous quintas, small estates that produce port wine from their terraced vineyards. Many of the quintas offer guided tours and tasting sessions where you can learn more about the cultivation and production of the wine.
Visitors can enjoy a cruise on the River Douro, which winds through some of the most beautiful landscapes in Portugal. Another way to explore the Douro valley is by train, with trains running along a breath-taking route from Porto to the far east of the Douro region.  
There are a number of charming villages nearby, such as the village of Pinhão which all produce wines and offers tasty local dishes. The city of Vila Real is just a 30 minute drive away and offers a number of interesting sights such as the Casa de Mateus, a beautiful baroque palace which lends its name to the well-known Mateus Rosé wine.

Visitor Comments

D. Levenson
We have just returned from Portugal and had a truly wonderful time at the Pousadas in Guimaraes and Alijo. The Pousada Sta Marinha in Guimaraes is a magical place - we loved it and hope to go back. The Barao de Forrester in Alijo is also very nice; I think we had the best room with a very large balcony. We hope to travel to Spain or Portugal again in the near future and if we do we will certainly come back to Keytel.
Robert Ingram
possibly one of the smallest Pousadas but what it lacked in space it made up with extremely helpful and attentive staff. Tourism hasn't quite hit Alijo we thought but relatively short taxi rides took us to and from the Douro where we enjoyed a very pleasant 2 hour boat trip.

How to get there

From Murca centre: 1. Head south (430 ft) 2. Turn left toward Av. dos Bombeiro Voluntários (233 ft) 3. Take the 1st right onto Av. dos Bombeiro Voluntários Go through 1 roundabout (0.2 mi) 4. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Lugar do Prado (0.6 mi) 5. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit (0.6 mi) 6. Continue straight onto CM1285 (2.6 mi) 7. Continue onto Estr. CM1285 (0.5 mi) 8. Continue onto R. da Capela (0.7 mi) 9. Turn right onto EM581 (0.9 mi) 10. Turn left to stay on EM581 (1.7 mi) 11. Turn left onto Estr. EN212/N212 Continue to follow N212 (5.6 mi) 12. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto R. Dr. César Ferreira (456 ft) 13. Continue onto R. Comendador José Rufino Destination will be on the left (456 ft)

Nearby Hotels

Marao - 46 Km
Mesao frio - 50 Km
Guimaraes - 85 Km
Oporto Airport - 159 Km

Region & Cuisine


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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Pousadas of Portugal:

Children: Generally the cost of an extra bed for a child under 13 years is free (when sharing a twin/double room with 2 parents). 

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