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Pousada de Palmela

Pousada Castelo de Palmela - Historic Hotel

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  • Number of rooms: 28
  • Air conditioning
  • Lift
  • Free internet (public areas)
  • 24-hour reception
  • Restaurant
  • Safe at reception
  • Room service
  • Shop
  • Conference room
  • Business centre
  • Golf course nearby
  • Airport (40km)

Pousada de Palmela - Former convent within a medieval castle

The Pousada

Some 40km south of Lisbon, the Pousada de Palmela was once a convent with fine cloisters, and now nestles within the imposing remains of a magnificent medieval castle. As such, the Pousada – which opened in 1979 –, maintains the tradition of Historical Pousadas.

Located on top of an imposing hill, it affords one of the most impressive panoramic views in the area, which can be enjoyed from either the rooms or the communal areas. The decoration can be described as elegant, with modern touches dispersed throughout while preserving the unique medieval atmosphere of the hotel.   Heavy stone walls keep the coolness of the air in the dining room, which, for instance, is also equipped with sophisticated furniture offering excellent comfort.

A gorgeous succession of arcades in the Pousada’s yard participates in its timeless charm. With tables and chairs set underneath the arcades, the yard invites guests to an unforgettable al fresco dining experience. The Pousada boasts a selection of delicious wines and superb dishes, most of them incorporating fish due to the hotel’s proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. 

Palmela’s accessibility makes it a preferred destination for travellers: the city can be reached by a regular train service from Lisbon and the Pousada is only a 5 minute taxi ride from Palmela train station.

Free public parking available at on reception level.

Local Area

The historical town of Palmela takes its name from its Roman founder, Cornelius Palma, and the fortress that was taken from the Moors by the Portuguese in the 12th century. The town is located in a quiet, green environment which will please all travellers longing for tranquillity and beautiful landscapes.

Surrounded by nature, Palmela’s guests can enjoy short walks in the mountains, around the town as well as within natural parks. The Arribida Natural Park, for instance, offers green spaces and hidden beaches to stroll in. The Park is also home to exclusive restaurants serving a wide range of dishes as well as fine wines from the region.

Palmela is, indeed, located at the heart of a vibrant wine region whose wealth will speak to keen wine-lovers. In Palmela, visitors are able to enjoy delicious table wines, including but not limited to, the iconic Moscatel of Setubal.

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Restaurant meal times & typical dishes

Opening hours

Lunch is served from 13.00 to 15.00

Dinner is served from 19.30 to 22.30

Typical dishes

  • Fish and Shellfish “Cataplana”
  • Shellfish “Açorda”
  • Chicken with Mushrooms, Onion and Potatoes
  • Partridge Pie with Mushrooms, Green Salad Leaves with Pomegranate, Nuts and Rosemary Honey
  • Figs Pudding with Setúbal Muscatel

How to get there

From Lisboa airport 1. Head east on Alameda das Comunidades Portuguesas toward Av. de Berlim (0.2 mi) 2. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Av. de Berlim (0.1 mi) 3. Turn left onto Av. Cidade do Porto (signs for A1/A8/A12) (374 ft) 4. Take the ramp onto E01 (1.3 mi) 5. Take exit 14 toward A12/Sul/Ponte Vasco da Gama (0.4 mi) 6. Merge onto IC17 (0.1 mi) 7. Continue onto A12 Partial toll road (21.8 mi) 8. Take exit 1 toward Setúbal/Lisboa/Almada/Palmela Toll road (0.2 mi) 9. Merge onto A12 Toll road (0.1 mi) 10. Take exit 1 toward Lisboa/Almada/Palmela Toll road (0.4 mi) 11. Merge onto A2 Toll road (1.1 mi) 12. Take exit 4 toward Palmela/Montijo Toll road (0.5 mi) 13. Merge onto N252 (signs for Setúbal/Palmela) (335 ft) 14. Turn left to stay on N252 (0.6 mi) 15. Turn right onto N379 (0.3 mi) 16. Turn left onto Estr. do Cemitério(0.7 mi) 17. Continue straight onto Alameda Dom Nuno Álvares Pereira (197 ft) 18. Turn right onto Caminho do Castelo Destination will be on the right (0.2 mi)

Nearby Hotels

Setubal - 8 Km
Queluz - 45 Km
Alcacer do Sal - 48 Km
Torrao - 78 Km
Lisbon Airport - 40 Km

Region & Cuisine


Bordered by the Alentejo to the south and east, the Central region to the north and by the Atlantic ocean to the west, this region includes some of Portugal’s most famous old towns and cities including, of course, Lisbon itself, the country’s capital. The imposing River Tagus (Tejo in Portuguese, Tajo in Spanish) has its source in Spain and enters Portugal in the north-western corner of the region before flowing south-east to reach the Atlantic in Lisbon.

The region is heavily influenced by the Tagus, both in terms of the surrounding lush, fertile countryside on either side of its banks and the many towns (including Abrantes, Costância and Santarém) and villages through which it travels which all maintain deeply-rooted cultural traditions. The main influence in the west of the region is the Atlantic, with the landscape of the coast – the ‘Costa de Prata’, or Silver Coast, changing from high sweeping cliffs to long beaches and little coves of white sand. And throughout the interior of this region many ancient monasteries, convents and castles all bear witness to Portugal’s rich cultural and historical traditions. The climate of the region is mild, with springtime temperatures in winter and warm summers, sometimes tempered by fresh breezes blowing in from the Atlantic.

Lisbon is a delightful city. Portugal’s capital since 1255 following the conquest of the Moors a century earlier, Lisbon can certainly be described as a monumental city with over 20 centuries of history. One of Lisbon’s oldest quarters is the Alfama, which fortunately survived the devastating earthquake in 1755, and its narrow medieval streets with their typical tile-covered building façades can easily be explored on foot. The finest views of the city and across and beyond the far side of the river are from the magnificent St George’s Castle, set on a hilltop above the Alfama and its adjoining medieval quarter of Mouraria. Portugal of course has a splendid maritime history – one of its great heroes is Henry the Navigator – and there is an almost tangible maritime feel to Lisbon, exemplified by the emblematic Belém Tower situated on the side of the river to protect the entrance to the city.

Not far out of Lisbon is the charming town of Sintra, a World Heritage site, with its outstanding Pena Palace, a former royal residence built on the ruins of a 16th century monastery – not to be missed. And on the coast, just a few miles south of Sintra, are the fashionable resorts of Estoril with its fine sandy beaches, golf course and famous Casino (Europe’s largest), and neighbouring Cascais, once a pretty fishing village and royal resort and now a favourite spot for the ‘jet set’.

Other towns in the region, north of Lisbon and very much worthy of mention, are the impressively authentic medieval town of Óbidos whose castle is now the Pousada, and Fátima, one of the great pilgrimage shrines of the world since the famous apparitions of the Virgin Mary in 1917, whose delightful Pousada in nearby Ourém comprises a cluster of renovated medieval houses.

The principal elements of the cuisine of this region are fish and seafood, with the quality and freshness of everything offered that comes out of the sea quite simply unbeatable, while Lisbon’s many restaurants offer a wide choice of regional specialities from all over Portugal. This region produces very good cheeses made from both goat and sheep milk and, this being Portugal, a huge variety of delicious cakes and pastries with practically every town having its own particular speciality. Several local wines are produced, including an excellent moscatel from Setúbal.

Prices are displayed per room for the period requested at the current exchange rate available.

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Additional information:

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.


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