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  • Number of rooms: 87
  • Air conditioning
  • Disabled facilities
  • 24-hour reception
  • Free premium internet
  • Outdoor pool (seasonal)
  • Heated indoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • Spa (cost)
  • Safe at reception
  • Room service
  • Business Centre
  • Conference room
  • Airport (18km)

 Pousada do Porto - Beautiful 18th-century palace on the Douro

The Pousada

This beautiful Pousada is situated just upstream from the historical old town of Porto - or Oporto, as we usually refer to it - on the north bank of the Douro river. Built around 1742, the Palácio do Freixo (Freixo Palace) is one of the most remarkable examples of Portuguese baroque architecture in Porto. Designed by the well-known architect Nasoni (who also designed the Baroque palace of Mateus) the emblematic Freixo Palace was built on the orders of the Dean of Oporto Cathedral - also a wealthy nobleman - who was responsible for bringing the famous Italian architect to the city of Oporto.

You can clearly see why the site for the palace was chosen here. Set slightly above the  river’s edge, the palace enjoys views along the Douro and of the very attractive rural aspect of the opposing river bank, with the valley and hills a colourful backdrop.

The Pousada has preserved the entire façade of the palace building, which became a National Monument in 1910. The interior has been meticulously restored to preserve the original features such as beautiful painted ceilings, mirrored drawing rooms and a small chapel. Some aspects of contemporary design and furniture have been carefully blended in to maximise the aesthetic beauty of the building.

The property consists of two interconnected buildings: the 18th century Freixo Palace, which houses the restaurant, bar, lounges and meeting rooms; and the former 'Harmonia' Flour Factory - dating back to the 19th century - where the rooms and suites are found, of which the executive superior rooms and suites boast magnificent river and garden views, and there is also a state of the art spa in this building.

Good-sized bedrooms and suites are all well appointed, and the suites are luxurious. Strong colours, typically dark olive green, are used throughout the flour factory where the rooms are found, while the original metal structure of the factory has been blended in to the design, to add style and a sense of history to the new interior.

The spa consists of a wonderful indoor pool and relaxation area, a sauna and several treatment rooms. The garden areas beyond include a glass-enclosed cafe which makes the most of the river and countryside views, and an infinity pool at the end of the gardens - most appealing in the warm summer months when it is open. Different aspects from the gardens and terraces provide you with privileged views of the Douro valley and the river traffic passing by, and in early spring and late autumn, the glass-enclosed garden cafe comes into its own.

Romantics can enjoy the jetty with its covered seating, soaking up the atmosphere and the therapeutic sounds of the fountain in the very pretty main garden alongside.

Its charming setting, original buildings and easy access to the centre of Porto make this Pousada perfect for discovering what the historical city has to offer. This is the largest Pousada of the group and the location, cuisine and the considerable on-site capacity make this the ideal choice as a venue for celebratory events and corporate meetings.

Parking is available free of charge in several parking areas within the grounds of the Pousada. Opened October 2009. 

This pousada is featured in our remarkable road trip click here for more details

Porto City Tax - Please note that a €2 city tax will be charged locally per person, per day. Children under 13 years will not be charged.

The Pousada has free exterior parking.

Local area

Porto is the second largest city in Portugal and, in recent years, has given Lisbon stiff competition for its popularity amongst tourists. The city is split into two by the Douro River with the South side known as Vila Nova de Gaia, and the North side the main city of Porto. You can move between the two areas via the impressive metal arch Dom Luis I Bridge.

From Vila Nova de Gaia you are treated to spectacular views of Porto and the historic centre, with special designated viewing platforms ideal for any budding photographers. This is also where you will find a majority of the famous Porto wine cellars where you can organise tastings and buy some of the fabulous Port to take home. There are also many restaurants and cafes along the riverside where you can relax and take in the views.

In Porto itself you will find a variety of activities and sights. The Clerigos Tower and Church are set at the top of the city and work as a great reference point to identify whereabouts you are in the city as it can be spotted from most locations. Close to the tower you will find the magnificent Lello & Irmão bookshop with its ornate staircase and packed bookshelves, a must-see for any booklovers. Other fantastic sights around the city include the São Bento train station, whose entrance hall is decorated in the typical blue Portuguese tiles (azuelejos), and the Palácio de Bolsa, a 19th century neoclassical building which was commissioned by the Commercial Association. There are many of these historical treasures that can be found in Porto and the city itself gained UNESCO World Heritage status in 1996 thanks to its historic centre.

Porto is also a fantastic base for cruises along the Douro River to enjoy the valley’s fantastic scenery and visits to vineyards.  You can pick up day cruises from the city’s riverside quay where you can also find plenty of shops and restaurants.


Restaurant meal times & typical dishes

Opening hours

Lunch served from 13.00 to 15.00

Dinner is served from 19.30 to 22.30

Typical dishes

  • Caldo Verde (Green Broth) with Chouriço Sausages, Sausage Caviar and Paprika Oil
  • “Alheira de Mirandela” Sausage with Goat Cheese and Port Wine reduction
  • Codfish ”Zé do Pipo” Style
  • Golden Bream, filled with Salmon and Vegetables with Apple Purée
  • Tripe “Porto Style”
  • Duck Leg with Orange Sauce and Potato au Gratin

Visitor Comments

Gary D. Epsom
A wonderful oasis of tranquillity and sophistication just outside the lovely city of Porto and its Atlantic beaches. Great service, very discreet. The Pousada at Porto was absolutely super. Newly refurbished classic building, lovely bathrooms and an infinity pool looking on the broadest stretch of the river and two bridges. - Probably the best hotel of the trip. Unbelievable palatial public rooms like eating in a stately house. Rooms in the adjoining converted soap factory all very modern equipped to a high standard. Nice indoor/ outdoor pool. Views of the river Douro. Porto is worth another visit.

How to get there

From Porto Airport 1. Head north (453 ft) 2. Take the 1st right (0.2 mi) 3. Slight left (0.1 mi) 4. Slight right toward Travessa do Barreiro (0.6 mi) 5. Continue straight onto Travessa do Barreiro (0.3 mi) 6. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Porto/Matosinhos and merge onto VRI (2.1 mi) 7. Take the ramp onto A4 (3.4 mi) 8. Take exit 6 to merge onto A3 toward Porto/A1/Lisboa (1.8 mi) 9. Take the exit onto A20 (2.2 mi) 10. Take the exit toward Freixo (0.2 mi) 11. Merge onto N12 (0.3 mi) 12. At Rotunda do Freixo, take the 2nd exit onto N108 heading to Gondomar/Entre-os-Rios Go through 2 roundabouts (0.6 mi) 13. Sharp right at Av. do Clube de Caçadores (0.2 mi)

Nearby Hotels

Guimarães(Sta Marinha)54 km
Guimarães(Oliveira)54 km
Viana do Castelo 77 Km
Braga 59 Km
Murtosa/Torreira 67 km

Region & Cuisine


This for us is the most scenically spectacular of all of Portugal’s five official Regions on the mainland. Bordering the Spanish regions of Galicia to the north and Castilla y León to the east, and with the Atlantic to the west, this is essentially a mountainous region that encompasses two important river systems: the Minho in the north-west forming part of the border with Spain, and further south the Douro running roughly east-west and reaching the Atlantic at the city of Porto. With a mild climate – winter temperatures average 13/14ºC, rising to 26ºC in July and August – this is a region to visit at any time of the year.

Porto is the principal city of the region – it’s Portugal’s second city and gave the country its name. Only an hour and a half or so from the UK by air, Porto is rapidly becoming one of the most popular ‘city break’ destinations for visitors from this country, and for good reason. Most of the historic quarter can comfortably be explored on foot, and a spectacular view of the city and of Vila Nova de Gaia (Gaia for short) on the other side of the Douro can be seen from the splendid Romanesque-Gothic cathedral in the old quarter. Another, more leisurely, way of seeing both Porto and Gaia is by taking a trip on one of the river boats that run between the eastern edge of the city and the point at which the Douro enters the Atlantic.

No mention of Porto is complete without a reference to the most famous product of this region, port wine. Most of the major producers have their cellars across the river in Gaia: here the wine, produced on the estates up-river in and around the Douro Valley, is aged before being shipped to markets throughout the world, and a visit to one of these cellars followed by a tasting of a few varieties is absolutely recommended. Moored in Gaia are the original ‘Rabelo’ boats which were used to transport the wine down from the estates. Nowadays, modern cruise vessels carry passengers up into the Douro Valley, and beyond as far as Spain, for trips of one day to a week.

North of Porto is the ‘Costa Verde’, running up to the River Minho and the Spanish border. The principal town on this coast is the elegant resort of Viana do Castelo, famous throughout Portugal for its ‘Fiesta of Fiestas’ on the third weekend of August, while further north and a few miles inland, on the banks of the Minho and with glorious views across the river to Spain, is the little town of Vila Nova de Cerveira and its charming Pousada.

Other notable towns in the region are Braga, founded by the Celts in 300 BC and an important Roman administrative centre, and Guimarães, a medieval town known as the birthplace of the Portuguese nation and with a magnificently well-preserved historic centre. And in the mountainous ‘Tras-os-Montes’ in the north-west, the historic towns of Chaves and Bragança stand out.

But a major attraction of this beautiful region of Portugal has to be its outstanding scenery. To appreciate this to the full you really need a car and a touring holiday of a week or so, starting and finishing in Porto and staying at several Pousadas en route, will provide a perfect introduction to the region. We would certainly suggest staying a night or two in Porto itself and an ideal route would include the highly-recommended Pousadas at Vila Nova de Cerveira, Amares (near the exceptionally beautiful Peneda-Gerês National Park), Guimarães, Alijó and/or Mesão Frio in the Douro Valley area, the latter with quite magnificent views of the river valley itself, then back to Porto.

The cuisine of the region naturally includes fish of the highest quality along the coastal stretch (including lampreys, a speciality of Vilanova de Cerveira) and inevitably ‘bacalhau’ (codfish), for which there are either 365 or 1,001 methods of preparation – whoever you believe – throughout Portugal. A very popular local speciality is ‘caldo verde’, a green cabbage and spicy sausage soup; rich meaty stews in the mountainous north-west, and everywhere a profusion of sweet desserts, many of them almond based, cakes and pastries. This is ‘vinho verde’ territory so this light, white wine is found throughout the region, while several excellent red wines are produced in the area of the Douro. And, of course, there is always port.......

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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.

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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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