Pousada de Estremoz
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- Number of rooms: 33
- Air conditioning
- 24-hour reception
- Free internet (public areas)
- Outdoor pool (seasonal)
- Safe at reception
- Room service
- Conference room
- Business centre
- Golf course nearby
- Airport (162km)
Pousada de Estremoz - 14th-century castle
The castle of Estremoz is a magnificent restored palace built in the early 14th century by King Dinis I for his wife, the saintly Queen Isabel, who died here. This impressive Pousada – which was also home to later kings and queens of Portugal – is decorated with sumptuous velvets and gilt and furnished with beautiful antiques. Many of the bedrooms have antique beds including four-posters, and the Pousada is decorated throughout with 18th and 19th century period pieces, reflecting the historical importance of the castle and its colourful past.
Its position on a hilltop overlooking the Alentejan plain affords stunning views of the historic city of Estremoz, much of it built from the famous local marble. The Pousada has a central courtyard, a charming private garden and a swimming pool surrounded by the splendid castle battlements, and is located in the centre of the town.
The first and foremost aspect of the castle to be constructed was the 'Tower of the Three Crowns', named in honour of the 3 Kings that oversaw the initial building work. King Dinis brought his Queen here in her later life, and the illness caused by that journey (she was not young) led to her death in 1336. Her son departed from here to participate in the final battle against the Moors that ended their reign in the peninsula, and a Coat of Arms hangs here as testimony to this event.
Visited by subsequent Kings and Queens, and the base from which Vasco de Gama set out to India in 1487, the castle plays a constant part in much of Portugal's history from the 15th century onwards, despite being almost completely destroyed by an explosion in its arsenal in 1698. Having been rebuilt in the 18th century, much of the evidence of the history of the castle on display throughout the building is from this period. However in 1808 there was another attempt to destroy part of the fortress by Napoleonic forces as they abandoned it, which fortunately failed to flatten the defences and following years of repairwork and improvement, the castle then passed into the hands of the Pousadas network in the sixties.
In our view, you cannot fail to be impressed by the castle's imposing architecture and by the original pieces of antique furniture still in use in this Pousada, complemented by some discreet modern comforts to make your stay more enjoyable.
The Pousada does not have its own car park, but guest can park in the square in front of the Pousada. This is a public parking area with no charges.
The historic importance of Estremoz through the ages is due to the reign of Queen Santa Isabel in Estremoz being so influential that it paved the way for future royal politics. Her reign here was so significant that in 1910 the castle, the village walls, the Torre das Couraças (or Towers of Armour), and the Queen Santa Chapel were declared national monuments.
The walled market town of Estremoz is well known for its marble, which can be spotted throughout as you wander through the many streets and squares taking in the well preserved buildings and monuments of previous centuries. Medieval sites that should not be missed during your stay are the three main gates to the city, the Santo António’s Gate, the Santa Catarina Gate and the Corral Gates of Évora, which are still standing after so many years.
The Church and Monastery of São Francisco is also well worth a visit. An impressively large building with a spectacular façade built in the thirteenth century in the gothic style; the church looks to have been frozen in time and features imposing doorways and unbelievably high bell towers.
If you would like to explore the history of Estremoz further, pay a visit to the Municipal Museum of Estremoz, which is set in a reconstructed traditional house and holds artefacts such as clay figurines, pottery, ceramics and many more items, all of which were all made in Estremoz.
Down in the lower part of the town – known as Rossio – you will come across one of the best markets in Portugal, held very early on a Saturday morning and selling a variety of local produce. It also closes early so make sure to get there first thing!
On the first weekend in September, Estremoz celebrates its annual festival. However, in April, there is a five-day agricultural festival called the Feria Internacional de Agricultura e Pecuária, which includes cattle shows, concerts and crafts, and is popular amongst locals and tourists alike.
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Sunday to Thursday
Lunch is served from 13.00 to 15.00
Dinner is served from 19.30 to 22.00
Friday and Saturday
Lunch is served from 13.00 to 15.00
Dinner is served from 19.30 to 22:30
- Alentejo Tomato Soup
- Selection of Estremoz Smoked Sausages
- Traditional Dogfish with Coriander
- Pork Loin with Clams and Coriander
- Estremoz Water Pudding
How to get there
From Estremoz train station 1. Head northwest on Av. Nove de Abril toward Av. Vinte e Cinco de Abril (338 ft) 2. Take the 1st left onto Av. Vinte e Cinco de Abril (0.2 mi) 3. Continue straight onto Rossio do Marquês de Pombal (318 ft) 4. At the roundabout, take the 5th exit and stay on Rossio do Marquês de Pombal (0.1 mi) 5. Turn right onto Praça Luís de Camões (410 ft) 6. Turn left to stay on Praça Luís de Camões (154 ft) 7. Continue onto R. da Frandina (315 ft) 8. Turn right onto R. Dom Afonso III (0.2 mi) 9. Turn left Destination will be on the right (404 ft)
Vila Vicosa - 28 Km
Evora - 44 Km
Elvas - 54 Km
Lisbon Airport - 182 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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