Sleeping in a castle hotel is a unique and enchanting experience. As you step inside these magnificent buildings, you will instantly travel back in time. The charm and elegance of every corner, the rooms lavishly decorated and the breathtaking views of the tranquil surroundings will allow you to escape reality and live a real fairy-tale for a few nights.
Full of history and ancient magic, Portugal is renowned for its stunning castles and palaces that evoke a sense of grandeur. With a touch of luxury, experience Portugal’s history first-hand and from a different perspective.
Travel back in time in this 13th century fortress
Castelo de Estremoz is a magnificent medieval fortress located in the town of Estremoz in the Alentejo region. This historic castle stands atop a hill, providing an impressive view of the surrounding countryside. The castle's architecture is a blend of Romanesque, Gothic, and Manueline styles, showcasing the evolution of Portuguese architecture over the centuries.
The castle's strategic location, surrounded by fortified walls, further emphasizes its historical significance. The structure dates back to the Roman era, but it was during the Moorish occupation of the Iberian Peninsula that this fortress was built. In the 13th century, after the Christian Reconquest, the castle was captured by the Portuguese forces under King Afonso III, who expanded and reinforced its defenses.
Castelo de Estremoz stands as a testament to the region's history, showcasing the architectural skill of its builders and the pride of the town, as it embodies the resilience of its inhabitants.
Wake up to the superb Serra da Arrábida as a backdrop
Similar to Castelo de Estremoz, the origins of Castelo de Palmela can be traced back to the Roman period, when the site was originally fortified. After the Christian Reconquest, the castle was conquered by the Portuguese forces in the 12th century, becoming a significant stronghold.
The majestic panoramic views this castle offers are definitely its highlight. Situated atop a hill in Setúbal, you can see the lush vineyards of the Palmela wine region and, on clear days, you can drink in the breathtaking sights of the Serra da Arrábida mountain range, the vast plains of the Setúbal Peninsula, and the shimmering waters of the Atlantic Ocean in the distance.
A night in this majestic castle allows you to step back in time, appreciate the architectural splendour and soak in the ravishing landscapes that surround it.
The historical Pousada de Lisboa
Emerging majestically amidst the bustling modernity of Lisbon, the Pousada de Lisboa stands out as a significant architectural feature. Once an emblematic government building, the Pousada is today a historical hotel that has successfully woven the threads of history into its fabric. Previously serving as the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Portugal, it was carefully restored and repurposed. Its construction dates back to the 18th century, following the devastating 1755 Lisbon earthquake, as part of the Marquis of Pombal's urban reconstruction plan. The building is an exemplar of the Pombaline style.
Although not a castle, it is indeed a historical building worth mentioning. As you approach this magnificent structure, the neo-classical architecture will captivate you. Nestled on the edge of the Praça do Comércio, the Pousada de Lisboa's intricate facade integrates with the surrounding period buildings, presenting an authentic visual feast.
Inside, you are welcomed with period features and sensitive modern touches. It successfully merges traditional aesthetics with modern functionality. The splendid high ceilings, opulent chandeliers, and noble wooden paneling will make you step back in time, while contemporary elements bring a touch of 21st-century comfort.
But the Pousada de Lisboa's charm extends beyond its architecture. Make the most of the hotel's strategic location at the heart of Lisbon! It offers easy access to a variety of historical landmarks, from the iconic Torre de Belém to the ancient ruins of the Castelo de São Jorge, and the labyrinthine streets of the Alfama district.
A mix and match of architectural styles
The Castelo de Alcácer do Sal is a historic fortress located in Setúbal, overlooking the Sado River. It has a rich history which is intertwined with its role as an important trading hub and its association with the fishing industry.
The castle was once used as an important trading port, during the Roman Era. However, it was during the Moorish occupation that the castle gained prominence as a defensive stronghold. Featuring elements of Romanesque, Gothic and Manueline styles, it showcases the evolution of Portuguese architecture throughout history. The castle's defensive walls, complete with crenellations and battlements, encircle the complex, creating an ambience of strength.
Delve into Portugal's wealthy past as you spend the night at Castelo de Alcácer do Sal. Admire its architectural splendour and take the time to appreciate the natural wonders of the region.
The pink palace
Originally built in the 19th century, Palácio de Estói was initially a private residence commissioned by the Viscount of Estói. This palace underwent a big transformation in the early 20th century when it was expanded and redesigned by the prominent Portuguese architect José Francisco da Silva. Situated near Faro, in the Algarve region, it is famous for its unique blend of neoclassical and rococo architectural styles.
The palace's façade is characterized by its vibrant pink color and elaborate detailing. The outstanding entrance features a sweeping staircase and elegant balconies, exuding a sense of grandeur and sophistication. The interior is equally impressive, with the main highlight being the magnificent Ballroom, known as the “Salão dos Embaixadores”, displaying rococo-style plasterwork, elaborate chandeliers, and dazzling ceiling frescoes depicting mythological scenes.
Its opulent gardens offer a tranquil oasis for you to get lost in, blending French and Italian influences, with ornamental fountains, colourful flower beds and endearing pathways.
An opulent palace planted by the river
The construction of Palácio do Freixo began in 1742 under the direction of the prestigious Portuguese architect Nicolau Nasoni. The palace was commissioned by Frei Jerónimo de Távora e Noronha, an important figure in the religious and political realms of the time. Situated on the banks of the Douro River, this opulent Baroque-style palace stands as a testament to the magnificence and refinement of the past.
This construction consists of two buildings connected by a central courtyard. The main building, known as the Residential Palace, features elegant rooms and grand reception halls adorned with beautiful decorations and exquisite woodwork. Its stunning chapel dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalene boasts impressive works of art and a remarkable altarpiece.
The second building, known as the Assembly Building, was initially intended to house the monastic community. It now serves as an annex to the palace but both buildings are connected by a covered walkway, providing a seamless transition between the two different sections.
This Palace of Freixo’s scenic location along the Douro River makes it a captivating destination that combines the allure of the past with the comforts of the present.
A lifetime experience you will cherish forever
An important disclaimer: being ancient structures that constitute cultural heritage materials, most of these castles are located in places with reduced accessibility. Keep that in mind when booking your stay.
With that being said, if this does not impose a problem to you, then you can be sure that spending the night in a castle is an unforgettable adventure that you will cherish for a lifetime. Picture this: you are waking up in a comfortable bed, surrounded by luxury, and as you look outside your window you see a resplendent view that just takes your breath away. Very appealing, right? Pack your suitcase and come experience Portugal’s cultural heritage while enjoying all the modern comforts and amenities you may need.