The state owned Portugal Pousadas Group began in the 1940's when the first regional Pousada was created. These beautiful hotels are often in superb locations, offering the visitor a sense of history, culture, tradition together with regional hospitality and cuisine.
The group was formed to restore the national architectural heritage owned by the government to guarantee its preservation and to increase the supply of first class accommodation.
The Pousadas represent the best that Portugal has to offer. Their name means elegant and luxurious accommodation with attention to the smallest detail, exceptional service and a warm welcome from the management.
There are now over 33 hotels throughout mainland Portugal and two in the Acores. They are in some of the most beautiful areas and maintain the best tradition of the regions in which they are located.
They offer a rich variety of choice and include historic castles, former monasteries, palaces and convents always in idyllic locations whether it be historic cities or rural areas of outstanding natural beauty or interest.
The Portugal Pousadas are classified into 4 groups - Historic, Historic Design, Charm and Nature Pousadas.