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The Pousadas of Portugal

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The Pousadas of Portugal are a chain of luxury historical hotels in Portugal. When first opened in the 1940's, they were state run. The aim was to restore their national architectural heritage. Since 2003 the pousadas have been run by the Pestana Group. There are four groups of pousadas: Historic, Historic Design, Charm, and Nature. Many are former castles, convents,and palaces. Don't miss a stay in a pousada. You will be charmed. www.pousadasofportugal.com
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Castelo de Alvito, 7920-999 Alvito, Portugal
After having stayed in many of Portugal's Pousadas I have to say that I have a few favorites and Alvito is high on my list. This pousada is located in a 15th century walled castle. The castle, it's walls, and its grounds have been transformed into...
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Pousada de Arraiolos - Nossa Sra. da Assunção, 7044-909 Arraiolos, Portugal
The 16th century convent that was dedicated to Our Lady is nestled among holm oak and olive trees just outside of the little town of Arraiolos. In 1995, the convent became a luxury 5-star hotel. The pousada is a combination of traditional and...
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Mosteiro da Flor da Rosa, 7430-999 Crato, Portugal
I enjoy a stay in a pousada when in Portugal. The Pousada de Crato, Flor de Rosa, was once a palace, a convent, and a castle in different periods of its history. The old monastery of Santa Maria de Flor da Rosa has been restored and is now a...
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Paço Real, 2510-999 Óbidos, Portugal
One hundred kilometers north of Lisbon, the fantastic Obidos Pousada is situated in the Castelo de Obidos. This pousada is a historic luxury hotel in the Portuguese Pousada chain. It was one of the first pousadas and opened in 1951. Traditionally,...
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7330 Marvão, Portugal
We gazed up at the medieval walled village and its castle way up on the hilltop. There sat Marvao high up almost touching the sky! When we reached the top (by car), we took in spectacular views south and west of Portuguese mountains and eastward,...