Stay in converted castles and convents as you pair Portugal's Alentejo region with its Algarve coast
- Drive out from Lisbon to explore Alejento's rural idyll
- Head across Portugal's central plains to explore pretty villages steeped in artistic heritage
- Call into medieval Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage site
- End your tour in Sagres, gateway to the golden sands of the southwestern Algarve
- 2 Nights Alcácer do Sal
- 1 Night Arraiolos
- 1 Night Vila Viçosa
- 1 Night Beja
- 2 Nights Sagres
Beach | Food & wine | History & culture | Natural world | Self-drive
The Alentejo and the Algarve are rightly celebrated as two of Portugal’s most attractive regions, and this tour includes the best of both. This part of the country is rich in pousadas, historically important buildings sympathetically restored into outstanding boutique hotels, as laced with luxury as they are steeped in culture. Converted castles and convents, many of them national monuments in their own right, pousadas offer a deeper connection with the country, and the ones featured here are the best of their kind.
Day by day itinerary
UK/Alcacer do Sal
Fly into Lisbon, then head into adjacent Alentejo and to Alácer do Sal. This is an ancient trading port, famous for producing salt for centuries. Your base for two nights will be in the castle the town is named after, a medieval Moorish building full of character. The pousada is set within its original walls, with a handful of exquisitely renovated en suite rooms. Original features including towers and a baroque coat of arms add to the sense of history. The castle serves as an impressive backdrop to the outdoor pool and the gardens provide glorious views over the Sado River and the Atlantic. There are lovely beaches nearby, and the wetlands of the Nature Reserve to explore before returning to fine dining at the pousada, which is a national monument as well as a luxury hotel.
Stay: Pousada Castelo Alcácer do Sal (Superior)
The dramatic plains of the Alentejo are dotted with dreamy villages with a sense of timeless tranquility. Arraiolos is one of the most attractive, and renown for tapestry rugs, exquisite examples of a traditional needlework preserved by generations. There are several examples of these gorgeous rugs in the Pousada Convento de Arraiolos, which is also rich in another local art form, azulejos, or hand-painted ceramic tiles. Formerly a convent, this 16th century building has been converted into a luxurious hotel and living museum. The en suite rooms are elegant, and there are numerous terraces and gardens to relax in. A notably good restaurant, a spa, tennis courts and indoor and outdoor pools make this former convent a place of indulgent pleasures.
Stay: Pousada Convento de Arraiolos (Superior)
Vila Viçosa lies in the heart of the Alentejo and is one of the regions best known marble producing towns. The main plaza is strikingly attractive, set beside the Ducal Palace. The Pousada Vila Viçosa is situated right next door, converted from the medieval Convent of Chagos de Cristo. The old cells have been transformed into 39 luxurious en suite rooms. Despite its central location, the pousada enjoys peaceful gardens and a lovely outdoor pool. The town is easy to explore from here, as are the enchanting towns of Evora and Borba, both rich in historic architecture.
Stay: Pousada Vila Viçosa (Superior)
The historic town of Beja was founded by Julius Caesar. It’s the largest in the Alentejo, and full of picturesque narrow streets and ancient buildings including a medieval castle built on a Roman fort. Your pousada here is splendid, a former Franciscan convent. It’s situated right in the heart of the historical centre, so within an easy stroll of the museums, art collections and the castle. Despite its location, the pousada is an oasis of calm, with lofty ceilings and spacious public rooms. The en suite guest rooms, converted from former cells, are smaller but no less lovely. There’s a delightful swimming pool in the gardens, and the restaurant serves superb regional cuisine.
Stay: Pousada Convento Beja
Set on the southwesterly tip of the Algarve, Sagres was long believed to be the end of the known world. It was from here that the rest of the world was discovered by European explorers, with Henry the Navigator’s sailors setting off from Cabo Sao Vicente. It’s still a remote spot, more rugged and more romantic than the rest of the Algarve. The pousada in Sagres is set on a cliff top, with stupendous views of the Atlantic, but a short stroll away from the relaxed fishing town of Sagres. Guestrooms are sleek and well equipped, with en suite bathrooms. The restaurant is considered to be one of the best in the area, serving excellent regional cuisine and dishes from other parts of Portugal, with an emphasis on the locally caught seafood. A fabulous pool set above a sandy beach adds to the indulgence. And as the pousada is surrounded by a Nature Reserve, the beaches here are much quieter than others in the Algarve, wildly beautiful.
Stay: Pousada de Sagres (Superior)
Faro airport is easily reached for your return flight to the UK.
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from £440 pp. incl. flights
from £580 pp. incl. flights
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Valid for travel : 01 Jan to 30 June 2018 (Excluding Easter dates 24-28 March)
Alentejo and the Algarve
- Alcacer do Sol (2) - Arraoilos - Vila Vicosa - Beja- Sagres (2)
- Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
- Return flights from UK to Lisbon, returning from Faro
- 8 days car hire
- Saturday night supplement applies
Please note that swimming pools at the Pousada's are seasonal - open in peak summer months generally
Low Season : 01 Jan - 30 Apr 2018
High Season : 01 May - 30 Jun 2018
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