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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Pousadas, historic Inns of Portugal



If you love to travel in style
then staying at a Pousada is your ticket.



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Pousadas are an exclusive chain of historic hotels.





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Luxurious Inns, often renovated castles, monasteries and palaces.






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They were created in the forties by the Portuguese government to help the economy of otherwise forgotten medieval villages and, of course, preserve the historic structures, their national treasures. 







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Should you take a little excursion into Spain, similar accommodations exist in Spain where they are called Paradores. 






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Often, Pousadas and Paradores are situated on hilltops (defense posts in earlier times) where they can be seen from the valley floor a long distance away, saving you the hassle of searching for the next stopover.  






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Regional cuisine is often served at these historic inns.





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You are transported through eight centuries of history.





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Many years ago, we traveled through Portugal by car and visited many Pousadas.  We didn't need reservations then.  Pousadas have become very popular and reservations are recommended. 






So much of the old and historic has been honored while guests enjoy every comfort. 
Every single space has been renovated to a standard of the highest luxury.  





Of course I have picked most of our hotels which have preserved the tradition of hand painted tiles. 





This will be our first night's stopover, the Pousada Convento Evora.






The perfect hotel to rest up after a long flight






Can't think of a better place to become re-acquainted with beautiful and historic Portugal.


Wishing you a great week ahead. 

Gina 



16 comments:

  1. Dear Gina, this post is filled with excellent information. I've never traveled to Portugal...should I ever be going there, I promise to ask you for even more information!

    (Your tulip post was a delight...guaranteed to raise one's spirits!) xo

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    1. Dear Frances, Why not give yourself a present and purchase a ticket. I have noticed that many airlines are posting specials. And, while making reservations I also noticed that hotels are giving large discounts.
      Like you I will pick up flowers wherever I see them...it will be a long time before my flowers will make a showing.

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  2. These Pousadas and Paradoras are delightful places to stay Gina so full of history, wonderful architecture, and treasures. I am really excited for you that you are heading off for a visit to Portugal - will it be soon?

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    1. Dear Rosemary, It must be because our history is not as deep as that of Europe that I love staying in these beautiful places. I am lucky in that Mr G is just as happy to come along.
      I'm hoping that the weather will cooperate by March. I know that it will be more fair than here. November snow is still with us.

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  3. What a fabulous place to stay. I love Portugal!

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    1. Hello Lady Fi, It has been many years since we have visited Portugal. I am really looking forward to our visit Thank you for stopping by.

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  4. Such gracious and beautiful places to stay.

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    1. Hello Lotusleaf,
      That is how I remember our last visit, gracious and beautiful. Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment.

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    1. Hello Photo Cache,
      What is so interesting about Portugal's Pousadas is that each and everyone of them is very different. A lot of thought has gone into their renovations. All are beautiful.
      Thank you for stopping by. It is so appreciated.

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  6. All these places are so beautiful! I wouldn't mind staying on any of these. I bet prices has gone up with popularity. #OurWorldTuesday

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    1. Hello Ruth, I have noticed that several Pousadas are posting specials. It makes staying there a good value.
      Thank you for your visit. It is appreciated.

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  7. Dear Gina,
    your post makes me want to follow in the footsteps of your next adventure. A royal lineup of places to stay at bringing historic interests and modern conveniences together. It will be a very special revisit to Portugal for
    you and I do hope you included a walk on a beach.
    Happy greetings, Sieglinde

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    1. Dear Sieglinde, A side trip to the beach and watch the waves and people is definitely in the plan. Also, in the plan, is a Restaurant which serves the famous little grilled sardines.
      Thank you Sieglinde for your friendship and visiting me here at my blog.

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  8. Estimada Gina. verdad que ESPAÑA Y PORTUGAL tienen preciosos paradores restaurados para trasladarnos a otros siglos .Y unos azulejos maravillosos, me alegro que le haya gustado mi ESPAÑA .Saludos desde Madrid.

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  9. Hello Rosa, So very nice of you to stop by and leave a message. Your Paradores are a National treasure. I am so glad that they were restored so that we all can enjoy their beauty and at the same time, learn about your country's interesting history.

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