Pousada de Vila Viçosa
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- Number of rooms: 39
- Air conditioning
- Disabled facilities
- Free internet (public areas)
- 24-hour reception
- Outdoor pool (seasonal)
- Safe at reception
- Room service
- Currency exchange
- Conference room
- Business centre
Pousada de Vila Viçosa – Restored Convent
The Pousada of D. João, the IV Duke of Braganca, is set in the former Convent of Chagas de Cristo (Christ’s Wounds) in the historical town of Vila Viçosa.
Full of character with its intricate themed rooms, and exuding history and legends, the Pousada has kept the convent cells, the retreats and the oratories built by the nuns intact. The rooms surround a secluded cloister garden, in which guests can have a meal in the summer – alternatively one can eat in the grand, vaulted dining room with its Baroque-style furniture. The Pousada’s menu offers a variety of international and typical dishes full of flavour.
The very fertile region surrounding the hotel is famous for its marble extracted in local quarries, and of which there is ample evidence throughout the building.
Ideally situated in the heart of Vila Vicosa, the Pousada offers many opportunities to explore this charming little town whose timeless architecture is simply breath-taking. The central location of the hotel however does not impede its atmosphere of peace and calm which will make your stay exceptionally relaxing.
The Pousada de Vila Vicosa stands at the heart of Portugal’s Alentejo region, known for its wild landscapes inviting to all sorts of outdoor activities – such as cycling, hiking, birdwatching and surfing.
Only a ten minute’s ride away from the Pousada is the town of Borba, a beautiful place which served an important purpose in the establishment of Portugal’s independence due to its strategic location in relation to the Spanish border. Just as in Vila Vicosa, Borba’s architecture benefits greatly from the locally produced marble which adorns every corner of every street.
The medieval town of Evora, situated approximately 65 kilometres away from the Parador de Vila Vicosa, also constitutes a worthwhile excursion. The Templo Romano de Evora whose construction dates back to the first century, dominates the city’s historical centre with its impressive Corinthian columns. Since Evora is also renowned for its university and student life, one can find a plethora of restaurants and educational activities to do in a lively and cheerful environment.
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Lunch is served from 13.00 to 15.00
Dinner is served from 19.30 to 22.00
- Tomato Soup with Smoked Sausages and Poached Egg
- Crispy Serpa Cheese with Elvas Plums
- Codfish Confit in Olive Oil with “Miga” of Broccoli (crumbs)
- Roasted Lamb Alentejo Style
- Manjar das Chagas
- P. Jayes
We particularly liked our break at Vila Vicosa. Previously a convent and adjacent to the Ducal Palace in the main square of this delighful town, we felt privileged to spend time there as the staff were so friendly in such a grand setting. Paradors and Pousadas are very special and provide ambience and great quality for the traveller.
- D. Purefoy
Pleasant staff, lovely Pousada, good food and a very nice town with a palace and a castle to explore.
How to get there
From Evora centre 1. Head northwest on Praça de Giraldo toward R. Serpa Pinto (62 ft) 2. Continue onto R. Serpa Pinto (0.3 mi) 3. Turn right onto Av. de Lisboa/IP2 Continue to follow IP2 Go through 1 roundabout (0.4 mi) 4. Slight left onto Largo da Porta de Avis/IP2 (0.2 mi) 5. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Av. Dr. Manuel Trindade Salgueiro (0.3 mi) 6. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto E802 Go through 1 roundabout (0.6 mi) 7. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto IP2 (0.2 mi) 8. Turn right toward IP2 (62 ft) 9. Turn right onto IP2 (5.0 mi) 10. Slight left to stay on IP2 (signs for Estremoz/Espanha/Lisboa/Montemor) Partial toll road (0.3 mi) 11. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Estremoz/Espanha and merge onto A6 Toll road (25.9 mi) 12. Take exit 8 toward Borba/Alandroal Toll road (0.3 mi) 13. Slight right onto N255 (signs for Alandroal/Vila Viçosa/Borba) Partial toll road (4.4 mi) 14. Turn left toward Campo da Restauração (0.5 mi) 15. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Campo da Restauração (0.2 mi) 16. Turn right onto Estr. da Mata (0.2 mi) 17. Take the 2nd left toward Av. 25 de Abril (0.2 mi) 18. Take the 2nd left onto Av. 25 de Abril Destination will be on the right (249 ft)
Estremoz - 28 Km
Elvas - 66 Km
Arraiolos - 68 Km
Lisbon Airport - 210 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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