Pousada de Guimarães, Santa Marinha

Largo Domingos Leite de Castro, Lugar da Costa, Braga, 4810-011, Portugal

This pousada is in a breathtaking 12th-century monastery that was founded by the wife of Dom Afonso Henriques to honor the patron saint of pregnant women. Antiques and detailed azulejo panels fill the public areas, and some guest rooms used to be monks' cells. There is also a prizewinning contemporary wing, for those with a more modern aesthetic. The stone-walled dining room serves regional dishes; the rojões à Minhota (pork simmered and served with pickled vegetables) is delicious; sop up the sauce with broa (corn bread). A fitting dessert is toucinho do céu: literally "bacon from heaven," but actually an egg-and-almond pudding. There's a children's playground and games room and a range of outdoor activities.

PROS

  • successful blend of historical setting and modern comfort
  • stunning tile panels alone worth a visit

CONS

  • out of town
  • limited facilities

Location

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Historical, Romantic, Family
Sophisticated
Near the mountain
Grande Dame

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 253-511249

HOTEL DETAILS

49 rooms, 2 suites
Rate Includes: Breakfast

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