Situated on the Marao Mountain
range and about 20 kilometres from Amarante and Vila Real in Portugal, the Pousada do Marao provides delightful hotel accommodation and magnificent views of the mountains and Tamega valley.
Guests staying should take the opportunity to visit the Palace of Mateus.which is the home of the Earl of Vila Real. The picture of the house became famous worldwide
by appearing on every bottle of Mateus Rose - it is believed a payment
of 1 escudo was received per picture.
The adventurous might like
to take an early morning bus to Amarante and then the train for the twelve
kilometre trip down the Tamega River valley to Livracao.
Here you might want to change
to the main line for the journey along the Douro to Regua.
Yet another train, this time
narrow gauge, takes you up the River Corgo to Vila Real where you catch
the Amarante bus back to the Pousada. One of the most interesting train
journeys in Europe.
In spring the hills are covered
with yellow flowering broom.
In Portugal, this plant is
called the May plant and has a special place in the local culture.
On the night before the first
of May the villagers place sprigs on all doors and windows which has the
effect of keeping the devil out for the whole year.
The splendour of the view
from the Pousada Marao sitting room is matched by the excellent quality of the
The restaurants of the Pousada
group hotels offer a variety of dishes including a selection of local and
The Pousada of Marao is located on
the mountain range of the Marao, halfway between Amarante and Vila Real,
82 kilometres from Oporto.
The Marao Pousada has 1 suite
and 14 bedrooms, some of which are interconnecting. All bedrooms have private
bathroom, air conditioning/heating, Cable television, hair dryer, telephone and minibar.
Facilities include air conditioning,
bar, restaurant, free wireless internet access in the public areas, family games and parking.
Activities in the area include
bicycle tours, country walks and golf.
The international airport
at Porto (Oporto) is approximately 82 kilometers from this Pousada of Portugal.