The Pousada, which opened in April 2021, is located in the historic centre of Vila Real de Santo António on the striking Praça Marquês de Pombal, a minutes' walk away from the Pousada’s entrance is the marina on banks of the Guadiana river where you can look across to Spain.
This modern Pousada’s 57 rooms are decorated in stylish, earthy tones, making the most of the natural light. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in an open kitchen with a wood-fired oven offering delicious traditional and international dishes using local products. For a more scenic backdrop, head to the rooftop pool bar when you can enjoy drinks and appetisers whilst you look out across the surrounding terracotta roofs.
Guests can cool off in summer months in one of the 3 seasonal swimming pools, one of which is located on the rooftop and the others in the Pousada’s courtyards.
Sitting on the banks of the Guadiana River on the border with Spain, the charming little town of Vila Real de Santo António is a wonderful stopping point for those crossing the southern border and exploring the Iberian Peninsula. The town is built on the site of Vila de Santo António de Arenhila which was destroyed by a tsunami caused by the 1755 Lisbon earthquake, the town was rebuilt in the years following the earthquake and today is one of the best examples of Pombaline architecture.
One of the town’s main focal points is the striking Marques de Pombal square which is where you will find the Pousada. The square, with its eye-catching black and white paving, is a perfect example of Pombaline tiling and reminiscent of many of Lisbon’s streets and squares, and his home to the Town Hall, a church and the old guard house.
A stone’s throw away from the square is the town’s marina where you can catch the ferry boat to Spain, and you will find a number of riverside restaurants and cafes.
Just south of Vila Real de Santo António you will find some beautiful, almost deserted, white sand beaches such as Praia da Ponta de Areia which enjoys spectacular views onto the open ocean and is bordered by a picturesque pine forest.
To the north of the town is the medieval town of Castro Marim and its surrounding salt marshes.