Set on the northern edge of the hot, Alentejan plain, this 14th-century monastery and castle is a stunning property. The stylish modern wing has been imaginatively blended with the excellently preserved historic buildings of the Pousada and the interior is fresh and welcoming, yet retains its authentic charm.
Built on a site inhabited since Carthaginian times, the castle was once the home of the Knights of the Order of Malta, and their distinctive cross is used as a motif throughout. There is a large outdoor swimming pool, relaxing patio area, and lovely gardens for guests to enjoy. The restaurant deserves particular mention as it is set in one of the magnificent cloisters and serves excellent traditional dishes. The Monastery is also home to a small museum of medieval sculpture and national art.
The Pousada is situated in the quaint rural village of Flor da Rosa, five-minutes’ drive from the town of Crato. Flor da Rosa is known for its pottery and is home to a school of pottery where the unique and traditional techniques of the local potters are preserved.
Just a fifteen- minute drive from the Pousada is the fascinating Anta do Tapadão, a megalithic tomb situated close to the village of Aldeia de Mata. The tomb is thought to be over five thousand years old and is remarkably well preserved.
Crato is a typical peaceful Alentejan settlement, with its calm streets and whitewashed houses. The surrounding countryside is where some of Portugal’s finest produce is sourced, from olives and wines to cheeses and hams. There are a number of nearby towns such as Portalegre and Alter do Chão where you can enjoy a leisurely stroll.