Sleep in a place initially dating back to 300 years before Christ and feel like a real knight in the ancient castle, fortified by the Moors between the eighth and ninth centuries.
You don't need a PhD in History to want to stay a few days at this Pestana Inn Historic Hotel. Go through the village, cross the three lines of castle walls and get ready to dive into a space where time itself struggles to settle. The castle, conquered and reconquered in epic and daring battles led by the first Portuguese king, involves all of the inn's structure, the former convent of the Order of Santiago. Sleep in the old cells, imagine their footsteps echoing along the wide corridors accompanied by songs, stay in the rooms and envisage the long battles that were fought in the fields surrounding you.
Even without this engaging story, your stay at the Inn of Palmela will always be a unique experience: situated at 230 metres above sea level, the view over the natural park of the Mountain of Arrábida and the Sado river is particularly remarkable on days with clear skies and an inviting sun. Take your favourite book to Pátio do Pessegueiro and try to read more than five lines in a row without stopping to admire the breathtaking scenery. Or move towards your bedroom window for the first time and resist the temptation of sitting on the settees or the stone benches by the window. You will verify with satisfaction that both tasks are impossible. Checking the time on the long-broken clock on the church's tower is unnecessary, but still irresistible. Time shifts; it stretches while you dine in the old cafeteria of the order of warrior-monks; it flies when you sit in a comfortable chair in the cloisters to appreciate what surrounds you. Find the fifteenth century counters in the corridors, surprise yourself with the decorative carvings that belong to the Pousada's Assets, be enchanted by the original fountain of the room that precedes the restaurant, where the monks used to wash their hands before meals. But make no mistake: the great charm of this historic hotel isn’t just the centuries that transpire out of each piece that you'll find here; its greatest appeal is that all of the former convent can be yours. You can close an area of the inn or even book the entire inn for you and your guests, if you want to organise a wedding or a party. You can even arrange meetings or events in rooms with ancient and valuable tapestries. Whatever you do, you will know you always have a view overlooking the silvery Sado, the blue Atlantic and all that green stretching across the Arrábida mountain.
And when you are ready to return to modern times, the experiences that await you have nothing ordinary or common about them: around you, you will find 3 of the most renowned national wineries: Bacalhôa, Dona Ermelinda de Freitas and José Maria da Fonseca. Ask the staff to book an unforgettable visit and meet the vast and largely unknown world of wine at the Setúbal peninsula. Be sure to also try to find Venâncio da Costa Lima, which produced the best muscatel wine of 2011. As an ambassador for the region, the Palmela historic hotel is happy to give you directions to make many toasts during your stay. If you prefer the views over wines, the Arrábida mountain has everything for you: winding roads between the green and the deep blue sea, hidden beaches only accessible by paths in the midst of the unique and exclusive flora of this park, restaurants that feature the freshest grilled fish, sightseeing spots and places that present nature to you in an almost primordial state. If you want to balance contemplation with a good dose of action, the Sado estuary has a resident community of dolphins that will delight you - and if you come with your family, your children will be entertained for hours on end. In fact, take advantage of it and bring your school-aged children to the Inn of Palmela and give them a history lesson they'll never forget. It is easier to understand the third reconquest of the Castle if they understand how it was possible to see the enemy in the distance of the "sadinos" fields. Show them the almenara, the small tower in the Pátio das Armas where you could make smoke signals during the day and fires by night and explain how it was possible to communicate directly with Lisbon and Alcácer do Sal so many centuries ago, before the invention of mobile phones.
Trust in the staff, with vast experience at the service of the inn, they're always ready to tell you some legends, curiosities and stories about the castle that many consider their own home. And live a typical Portuguese experience, deeply striking and absolutely unique in this castle, which for a few nights, is yours.
Spacious and well-lit rooms, equipped with double bed or two TWIN beds, bath, mini-bar, safe, LCD, full-length mirror and a work desk. All rooms presenteiam our customer with panoramic views of the Palmela Village, Capuchin Convent and Castle. With classic and historical features of our rooms provide our guests with every comfort for a relaxing stay.
They are spacious rooms with plenty of natural light ideal for longer stays or for couples wishing to travel with their children, the superior rooms have capacity for extra bed placement where you can enjoy a weekend in family. The rooms are equipped with double bed or two twin beds, bath, mini-bar, safe, LCD, full-length mirror, work desk and sofa. Overlooking the peninsula of Troy, Arrábida and Palmela Village.
In suites our guests can find all the comfort combined with historical details that make your stay memorable simply furnished with King size double beds or two twin beds, bath, mini-bar, safe, LCD, full-length mirror, desk work and seating area with sofa and coffee table. Next to the windows of the suites our client can enjoy the two loveseats stone and so dazzles with panoramic views over the Serra da Arrábida, Troia Peninsula and Palmela Castle. The Suites at Pousada offer large spaces with natural light, and details that make them be unique and distinct.
Worthy of a stay of King and Queens to our luxurious Suite Special offers our guests all the confrontation for a memorable stay, with very special characteristics our customer can find the superb view of the Palmela Village, City of Lisbon and Tower Homage of the Palmela Castle. Equipped with a double king size bed, spa bath, mini-bar, safe 2 televisions and large closets is the space mayor to an end-of-week to two or a family holiday. This suite consists of 1 living room, spacious room with sofa and coffee table, dressing room and en-suite lined with traditional Tiles of Azeitão. You can also enjoy the detail of stone Loveseats next to the Special Suite windows and soak up the atmosphere of the picturesque village of Palmela.
GPSLat: N 38 33.945 Long: W 8 54.117
Decimal DegreesLat: 38.565750 Long: -8.901950
Degrees, Minutes, SecondsLat: N38 33 56 Long: W8 54 07
UTMQuadrant: 29N X: 508542 Y: 4268594
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