The Pousada of D. João, the IV Duke of Braganca, is set in the former Convent of Chagas de Cristo (Christ’s Wounds) in the historical town of Vila Viçosa.
Full of character with its intricate themed rooms, and exuding history and legends, the Pousada has kept the convent cells, the retreats and the oratories built by the nuns intact. The rooms surround a secluded cloister garden, in which guests can have a meal in the summer – alternatively one can eat in the grand, vaulted dining room with its Baroque-style furniture. The Pousada’s menu offers a variety of international and typical dishes full of flavour.
The very fertile region surrounding the hotel is famous for its marble extracted in local quarries, and of which there is ample evidence throughout the building.
Ideally situated in the heart of Vila Vicosa, the Pousada offers many opportunities to explore this charming little town whose timeless architecture is simply breath-taking. The central location of the hotel however does not impede its atmosphere of peace and calm which will make your stay exceptionally relaxing.
The Pousada de Vila Vicosa stands at the heart of Portugal’s Alentejo region, known for its wild landscapes inviting to all sorts of outdoor activities – such as cycling, hiking, birdwatching and surfing.
Only a ten minute’s ride away from the Pousada is the town of Borba, a beautiful place which served an important purpose in the establishment of Portugal’s independence due to its strategic location in relation to the Spanish border. Just as in Vila Vicosa, Borba’s architecture benefits greatly from the locally produced marble which adorns every corner of every street.
The medieval town of Evora, situated approximately 65 kilometres away from the Parador de Vila Vicosa, also constitutes a worthwhile excursion. The Templo Romano de Evora whose construction dates back to the first century, dominates the city’s historical centre with its impressive Corinthian columns. Since Evora is also renowned for its university and student life, one can find a plethora of restaurants and educational activities to do in a lively and cheerful environment.