Parador de Casa da Insua (Portugal)
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- Rooms (35)
- Double/Twin rooms (24)
- Suites (6)
- Apartments (5)
- Air conditioning
- Central Heating
- Free Wifi
- Conference room
- Seasonal swimming pool
- Satellite TV
- Games Room
- Laundry Service
- Airport (150km)
- Train Station (109km)
- Port (109km)
Parador de Casa da Insua - 18th century Ancestral Home (5*)
The first Parador to open in Portugal, Casa da Ínsua is an ancestral building dating back to the 18th century, built in typical Baroque style.
The Parador's stylish interiors provide a welcoming atmosphere whilst reflecting the building’s history. Rooms are bright and spacious and the Parador has 5 apartments, perfect for those wanting more spacious accommodation.
The beautiful surrounding gardens feature an array of colourful plants and interesting topiary features, and guests can relax by one of the Parador’s two outdoor pools (open seasonally). The natural surroundings create a peaceful setting, make sure to look out for some of the resident swans and wildlife.
The Parador’s restaurant offers delicious local cuisine and you can enjoy a drink on the terrace.
In addition to the lovely accommodation it provides, Parador de Casa da Ínsua also has a functioning cheese and jam factory, and vineyard. Guests can sample and buy the products, all of which are excellent examples of local specialities.
The Parador is situated in a beautiful nature spot close to Penalva de Castelo and the Dão River in the centre of Portugal. The nearby Serra da Estrela national park is one of Portugal’s greenest areas and offers plenty of activities including cycling, hiking and horseriding.
Viseu is located just 25km away from the Parador and is a lovely walled town featuring 16th century buildings and medieval flourishes. Worth visiting are the town’s 16th century Cathedral and the 18th century Misericorida church. Of particular note are the Roman fortifications and the House of Viriato, a legendary Lusitanian shepherd who held off the Roman forces attempting to conquer Hispania.
The opening dates for the outdoor swimming pools are yet to be confirmed for 2019 but are expected to be in line with this years date (01 July until 15 September 2018)
Please note the opening and closing dates will depend on the weather and availability of lifeguards.
How to get there
From the Pillory Penalva Do Castelo approaching from the north side, continue along Rua 1 de Dezembro and take the first right down to the roundabout. At this point, take the 3rd exit heading left and then the 1st exit at the next roundabout you will reach. You now need to head down the road 950m before taking a right turn onto Tv. Do Penedo where you will arrive at the Parador.
Ciudad Rodrigo – 140km
Salamanca – 230km
Plasencia – 250km
Zamora – 290km
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.
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 is Conímbriga, the site of the most important Roman remains in Portugal.
Other notable historic towns include 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.
Please be aware of the following:
- 'Special Offers' are subject to the availability of a number of rooms per night and/or a specific meal basis.
- Age restrictions apply to the 'Golden Days' Offer (for those aged 55 and over) and the 'Young Persons' Offer (for those aged between 18 and 30). All reservations made using these tariffs are checked upon your arrival at the Parador(s) booked to ensure that at least one person in a room qualifies for the restricted tariff. In the case that you do not qualify for the restricted tariff, the Parador will apply the standard rate without exception and you will be required to pay a supplement locally. However only one person (per room) needs to qualify for either of these two reductions.