Pousada de Crato
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- Number of rooms: 24
- Air conditioning
- 24-hour reception
- Free internet (public areas)
- Outdoor pool (seasonal)
- Safe at reception
- Conference room
- Business centre
- Airport (200km)
Pousada do Crato - Medieval monastery-castle
Set on the northern edge of the hot, Alentejan plain, this 14th-century monastery and castle is a stunning property. The stylish modern wing has been imaginatively blended with the excellently preserved historic buildings of the Pousada and the interior is fresh and welcoming, yet retains its authentic charm.
Built on a site inhabited since Carthaginian times, the castle was once the home of the Knights of the Order of Malta, and their distinctive cross is used as a motif throughout. There is a large outdoor swimming pool, relaxing patio area, and lovely gardens for guests to enjoy. The restaurant deserves particular mention as it is set in one of the magnificent cloisters and serves excellent traditional dishes. The Monastery is also home to a small museum of medieval sculpture and national art.
The Pousada has free exterior parking.
The Pousada is situated in the quaint rural village of Flor da Rosa, five-minutes’ drive from the town of Crato. Flor da Rosa is known for its pottery and is home to a school of pottery where the unique and traditional techniques of the local potters are preserved.
Just a fifteen- minute drive from the Pousada is the fascinating Anta do Tapadão, a megalithic tomb situated close to the village of Aldeia de Mata. The tomb is thought to be over five thousand years old and is remarkably well preserved.
Crato is a typical peaceful Alentejan settlement, with its calm streets and whitewashed houses. The surrounding countryside is where some of Portugal’s finest produce is sourced, from olives and wines to cheeses and hams. There are a number of nearby towns such as Portalegre and Alter do Chão where you can enjoy a leisurely stroll.
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Lunch is served from 13.00 to 15.00
Dinner is served from 19.30 to 22.30
- Mashed Bread with Garlic, Coriander, Olive Oil and Poached Eggs
- Flour pork sausage fritters (pataniscas) with salad
- Dogfish in coriander sauce with served on regional fried bread with potatoes
- Iberic black pork loins over spinach puree and potatoes stuffed with smocked sausages
- “Tecolameco”, a traditional cake made with almonds and cinnamon
How to get there
From Portalegre centre: 1. Head north on R. da Misericórdia toward Largo da Misericórdia (174 ft) 2. Turn left onto Largo da Misericórdia (23 ft) 3. Take the 1st right onto R. dos Açougues (177 ft) 4. Slight left onto R. do Comércio (62 ft) 5. Turn left onto R. do Pirão (33 ft) 6. Turn right onto R. 5 de Outubro (384 ft) 7. Take the 1st left onto Travessa Primeiro de Maio (217 ft) 8. Take the 1st right onto R. Primeiro de Maio (0.2 mi) 9. At the roundabout, take the 4th exit onto R. Dom Nuno Álvares Pereira/N359 Continue to follow N359 (0.7 mi) 10. Continue onto IP2 (0.9 mi) 11. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto R. Cândido dos Reis/IC13 Continue to follow IC13 Go through 1 roundabout (9.7 mi) 12. Take the ramp (0.1 mi) 13. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit Go through 1 roundabout (2.4 mi) 14. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto N245 (0.2 mi) 15. Continue onto R. Sra. das Neves (0.1 mi) 16. Continue onto R. do Mosteiro (112 ft)
Marvao - 31 Km
Estremoz - 76 Km
Vila Vicosa - 90 Km
Lisbon Airport - 200 Km
Region & Cuisine
One of the largest of mainland Portugal’s five official Regions, the Alentejo occupies much of the south- central region of the country extending south from the River Tagus and bordering Spain to the east, the Algarve Region in the south and the Atlantic coast in the west.
The countryside of this essentially rural region varies considerably with fertile grasslands along the banks of the Tagus to the north-west, and numerous beautiful little villages and towns in the hills to the north-east – the land of many medieval castles. Further south the Alentejo becomes warmer and flatter and here are some of the most attractive towns in the region such as Évora, Vila Viçosa, Estremoz and Arraiolos.
Continuing south, rolling plains with huge numbers of olive and cork-oak trees – rich, fertile soil making this Portugal’s centre for agriculture, livestock and wood. And in the west, south of Lisbon, is the unspoilt coastline of the Atlantic with its magnificent long, sandy beaches and, in places, high sheer cliffs sheltering tiny coves. The climate in the Alentejo is mild overall but with regional variations – the temperature in winter in the north-east can go down to around 5ºC while mid-summer temperatures reach 33ºC or more in the south.
The two principal cities in the Alentejo are Évora and Beja. Évora – a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most beautiful cities in Portugal – is a museum city: walls surround the centre where the major landmark is the Roman Temple of Diana, and there are many splendid aristocratic houses here displaying carved doors and windows and the famous glazed tiles of Portugal – the ‘azulejos’. Beja, further south, is a fascinating city: it received its name from the occupying Moors in the 6th century, and a variety of cultures have influenced the city and its region since pre-historic times. The ‘Museu Regional da Rainha Dona Leonor’ contains a wealth of items reflecting these cultures.
Other smaller towns in the Alentejo well worth visiting are Alvito, with pre-Roman origins and whose 15th century castle is now the Pousada; Estremoz, another historic town with a 14th century castle, also now the Pousada; Vila Viçosa, best known for the production of marble of the highest quality and whose palace was an official residence of the Dukes of Bragança the last Portuguese royal family; and Arraiolos, famous for its hand-woven rugs and tapestries.
But the Alentejo is inherently rural, and this is reflected in the cuisine of this region –honest, varied and full of flavour. Particularly good are ‘ensopados de cabrito’ (kid stews), ‘carne de porco Alentejana’ (pork with coriander and clams), hare or rabbit with red beans and numerous lamb dishes. As this is Portugal there is an enormous variety of cakes and pastries; fruit, particularly melon, is of very high quality and the region produces several excellent cheeses, notably from Nisa, Serpa and Évora. The Alentejo is also an important wine-producing region – principally red wine – both in terms of its traditional full-bodied ‘earthy’ wines and latterly a newer style with intense aromas of fruit and more ‘new world’ in character.
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