Pousada de Marvão
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Pousada de Marvão – Converted medieval hilltop houses
At an altitude of almost 1000 metres, the village of Marvão has stunning 360º panoramic views over the rugged Alentejan plain right to the Spanish border. Surrounded by 13th-century castle walls, this hilltop Pousada has been created from two village houses. As such, it still maintains the houses’ medieval character while having been modernised to make sunlight one of main features in the building’s cosy rooms.
The Pousada’s architecture is typical of the region, and will give any traveller the impression of staying in a traditional, yet sophisticated Portuguese inn. The gardens surrounding the hotel are a perfect testimony to the luxuriant nature which grows untamed in this part of Portugal. The clear air and mild weather undoubtedly contribute to the beauty of the green and grey landscapes – the Pousada is, indeed, perched on a massif of granite.
The Pousada de Marvao functions as the perfect spot for a sunny, calm and exceptionally relaxing retreat. We highly recommend it for travellers who wish to stay in a small, boutique-type of hotel in the Alentejo region, where disturbances are instantly forgotten and serenity always peaks.
The ancient village of Marvao has retained its historical features: one can wander through its narrow, winding cobbled streets, gaze at the sparkling white buildings and tour the castle whose spectacular views across to Spain are highly recommended. Some typical Portuguese dishes can be tasted in the local restaurants, such as pork-stuffed bread panada or almond puddings. Travellers can, therefore, delve into a Portuguese gastronomic experience and take a peaceful stroll along the lovely streets of this authentic village in the evening, to truly complete their immersion into the slow-paced Portuguese lifestyle.
Activities in Marvao include tree-climbing, bird-watching and horseback riding. Marvao also offers access to a river pool in Portagem: a swimming pool formed thanks to a dam placed on the river Sever. The Roman ruins of Ammaia are only 6 kilometres away from Marvao within the Nature Park of the Serra de São Mamede. An excursion to this exceptional archaeological site might just be the perfect cultural outing during your trip to Marvao. And if you are travelling in November, the Chestnut Festival awaits you as well for a few days of exploration and discovery of the local population’s customs, production and traditions.
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Lunch is served from 13.00 to 15.00
Dinner is served from 19.30 to 22.30
- Shrimp with Clams
- Codfish Brás Style
- Partridge 14 Style
- “Migas” – Sweet Crumbs
- Robert Ingram
this hotel was thought to have been one of the more exceptional on the whole trip within an equally exceptional location offering superb views. The cobbled access and exit was challenging for motorcycles. We had the pleasure of meeting a Portugese staff member who had left his job in Wednesbury (of particular interest to ex Brummies) and returned to his parents (living close by) travelling in a UK purchased Ford KA costing £175 but had to spend £8 on material from B&Q to fix a problem exhaust!!! No other issues. What a tale.
How to get there
From Portalegre 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 3rd exit onto Av. da Liberdade/N359 Continue to follow N359 Go through 2 roundabouts (9.6 mi) 10. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Estr. Nacional/N359 heading to Marvão/Santo António das Areias Continue to follow N359 Go through 1 roundabout 3.0 mi 11. Sharp right toward Largo Dr. José Martins Gralha 220 ft 12. Turn right toward Largo Dr. José Martins Gralha 210 ft 13. Turn left onto Largo Dr. José Martins Gralha 154 ft 14. Continue onto R. do Corro 0.1 mi 15. Continue onto R. de Santiago Destination will be on the left 262 ft
Crato - 31 Km
Elvas - 75 Km
Estremoz - 77 Km
Lisbon Airport - 240 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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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).
Half-board: Most Pousadas offer a varied 3-course 'Table d'Hote' menu from £28 per person excluding drinks, and from £37 for their Pousadas in Cascais, Porto and Lisbon.
An extensive 'a la carte' selection is available at all Pousadas, these menus change seasonally.
Pestana Hotels and Resorts:
Children: Prices for extra beds for one or more children will be displayed at best rate available for each room type with capacity for additional beds.
Half-board: Most Pestana hotels offer 'a la carte' and buffet dining options.