The Pousada group has always favoured the recuperation of the national architectural heritage, guaranteeing its preservation, as well as providing an original and quality product. The Pousadas offer very high quality accommodation in some of the most beautiful regions of Portugal, where magnificent castles, monasteries and convents, the true treasures of Portuguese history, can be found.
The Portuguese Pousadas had their origins in the 1940's when the first regional Pousada was built to provide visitors with board and accommodation in keeping with the style and traditions of each region. In the fifties a new concept of Pousada was created: the Historic Pousadas which are located in carefully restored monuments.
This is a tourist option with a difference and one that keeps the flame of Portuguese hospitality alight. Situated in castles, monasteries, fortresses and places of special natural beauty from the North to the South, in the Azores and now also in Brazil. Great care has been taken with the restoration of these magnificent buildings which have been adapted to conform with modern demands for comfort and leisure at the same time preserving all that is best of Portuguese culture and its traditions.
ASTA (the American
Society of Travel Agents) and the Smithsonian Foundation awarded the Pousadas
of Portugal their Annual Prize for hotel groups that played a major role
in preserving the environment and the cultural heritage for tourist purposes.
The Pousadas create an elegant atmosphere of earlier times long past which is reflected in the design, period furniture, tapestries and paintings etc.
The Pousadas are a chain of over 40 exclusive hotels, located throughout Portugal. Their very name is synonymous with a unique form of quality accommodation, where a warm welcome and personal service awaits every guest. In order to make it easier to distinguish between the various Pousadas, the group has divided the Pousadas into the following categories:
Always a good meal
Country of festivities
A world of facilities
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