Fodor's Expert Review Pousada do Castelo de Alvito

Largo do Castelo, Apartado 9, Alvito, Beja, 7920-999, Portugal Fodor's Choice

The essential architectural elements of a castle–-including crenellated battlements and massive round towers–-have been retained in this pousada located within the walls of the fortress at the edge of the village. Vaulted ceilings, red-clay-tile floors, oil paintings with gold-leaf picture frames, and red-and-gold-patterned upholstery add to the medieval atmosphere. Rooms fit for a king have beautiful arched Manueline windows and stone window benches. More than any other pousada, this really feels like you're staying in a 15th-century castle, with window seats set in thick walls that look out onto rolling plains. The cozy restaurant, open to the public, serves a variety of Alentejo specialties, including an excellent bacalhau caldeirada (codfish stew).

PROS

  • countryside setting makes the castle even more spectacular
  • activities include horseback riding and pottery workshops
  • strolling through the large garden and courtyard
  • kids love the pool, playground, and board games

CONS

  • this is a cozy retreat
  • but if you're looking for nightlife you'll be hard pressed to find any
  • this is a cozy retreat, but you'll be hard-pressed to find any nightlife
  • not much to do in the evening
  • pool is on the small side
  • slow Wi-Fi connection

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Sophisticated
Central
$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 284-480700 | -284 480 700

HOTEL DETAILS

20 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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