The Vibe: Monastic.
The Area: In the village of Santa Maria do Bouro. National park, Peneda-Gerês, is a short drive, while historic Braga is 16 km away and Porto and its airport takes 75 minutes by car.
The DNA: On the edge of the astonishingly beautiful Gerês mountain range and the city of Braga is this historic design hotel. The Pousada Mosteiro de Amares rises from the transformation of a Cistercian monastery from the 12th century, becoming one of the most relevant pieces of Portuguese architecture. Designed by Pritzker-price winning architect Eduardo Souta da Moura you will find a superb and unique contrast between the magical pieces and historic ambiance in clear consonance with modern times. Drinks from the hotel bar and Portuguese dishes from the restaurant can be enjoyed on the terrace overlooking the gardens or in the serene courtyard. Outdoor swimming pool and tennis court.
Suite-Me-Up: The hotel offers minimalistic decorated rooms with huge windows set in thick stone walls offering panoramic views. Room facilities include air conditioning, a cable TV, a minibar and en suite bathroom. Go for one of the rooms with a French balcony and huge glass door.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 32 rooms (22-25m2) (237-269 sq ft) • hotel opened: 1997 • architecture & interior design: Eduardo Souta de Moura ✅ free parking on-site • 24-hour front desk • pets allowed on request • wheelchair accessible