Pousada de Queluz
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- Number of rooms: 26
- Air conditioning
- Free internet (public areas)
- 24-hour reception
- Safe at reception
- Conference room
- Business centre
- Golf course nearby
- Airport (12km)
Pousada de Queluz - Clock Tower within the Baroque Palace complex
This magnificent blue and white Baroque Pousada was formerly used by the Royal Guard of the Court while resident at the National Palace of Queluz, known as ‘the Portuguese Versailles’ . The Pousada, opposite the palace and only twenty minutes taxi ride from the centre of Lisbon, has been beautifully renovated and retains a charming small theatre which would have been used for private performances, complete with gilded balcony and armchairs. It has tall windows dressed with gold curtains, candlelit tables, an open fire, dark antique furniture, bronze fixtures – and there is even a splendid harp. The rooms are incredibly comfortable and of a good size, and the bar and lounge area are very homely. The Pousada's dining room, the "Cozinha Velha" Restaurant, is quite exceptional and located across the square, in what was the original kitchen of the palace with its bread oven and magnificent stone table. For a gastronomic experience of real Portuguese cuisine, we highly recommend the restaurant here either for a proper lunch or a romantic dinner. The restaurant also has a lovely terrace area overlooking the orange trees of the gardens - perfect for enjoying a drink in the sunshine.
There is free public parking surrounding the Pousada.
Whilst Queluz is a small, quiet town and the 18th century Palace of Queluz is the main attraction, charming old houses, traditional architecture and megalithic monuments from 2500BC can also be found here. There are also local cafes, shops and restaurants within walking distance from the Pousada.
A direct train service to and from Lisbon is also only a ten-minute walk away from the Pousada. The Pousada is also easy to find from the airport, just off the motorway.
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Lunch is served from 13.00 to 15.00
Dinner is served from 19.30 to 22.30
- SeaFood Cream Soup with Migas and Lobster Medallion
- Goat Cheese in Puff Pastry with Honey and Walnuts
- Sautéed Sole Cozinha Velha Style
- Codfish Lafões Style
- Lamb Ribs with Mint Sauce
- Duck Thigh with Risotto Ceps
- Ivory Pudding
- D. Purefoy
The only Pousada we have visited twice, principally to visit the marvellous restaurant in the former palace kitchen - what a place.
How to get there
From Lisboa airport 1. Head south on R. E do Aeroporto da Portela toward R. B (0.7 mi) 2. Continue onto R. B (0.1 mi) 3. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto R. C (0.2 mi) 4. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Av. de Berlim (449 ft) 5. Slight right onto the ramp to IC19/Sintra (233 ft) 6. Keep left at the fork to continue toward E01 (115 ft) 7. Keep left at the fork and merge onto E01 (2.8 mi) 8. Continue onto Av. Gen. Norton de Matos (signs for IC19/Sintra/Monsanto/Benfica/Pontinha/Carnide) (1.6 mi) 9. Continue onto IC19 (signs for Sintra/Amadora/IC17/Algés/A5/Cascais) (3.5 mi) 10. Exit onto N117 Destination will be on the right (0.3 mi)
Palmela - 45 Km
Setubal - 53 Km
Alcacer do Sal - 97 Km
Lisbon Airport - 12 Km
Region & Cuisine
LISBON & THE TAGUS VALLEY
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.
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