Overlooking Spain and the Serra da Estrela region, Pousada de Marvão is perched between restored white houses, giving visitors the feeling of living above the clouds - as it is often covered in fog - and of staying in the only real space in many miles. This typical inn features two lit fireplaces, with the crackle of aromatic wood burning. And on the outside, a paradise for ornithology lovers, with several birdwatching routes. The location is equally charming in the summer, with days of unlimited visibility providing absolutely memorable images.
Travel back in time and let yourself be won over by the imposing mass of granite rocks on which this village lies, seemingly oblivious to the movement of the outside world. Cruise through the magnificent road connecting Castelo de Vide - also worth a visit - and Marvão, and marvel at the landscape and the trees that line the road.
Since the Pousada is set in four rebuilt typical Marvão houses, it is difficult to find two identical rooms and the bar and restaurant have the best views of the whole village. The panoramic restaurant attracts visitors from all over the country. When you wake up in the morning and go down for breakfast, you'll find fresh orange juice and Alentejo bread to delight in while watching the snow shine on the crest of the Spanish mountains. It is a truly amazing privilege - the possibility of being above the world and simply make the most of the unique experience of sleeping in the eagles nest.
Marvão got its first hotel thanks to efforts of Mr. Jeremias da Conceição Dias, a prominent figure back then. Heir to a house in the village, he bought the property of his sexton neighbor, joined the two properties together, and built a 5-room inn under the suggestive name 'Ninho D' Águias' (Eagles Nest).
About 10 years later, the inn was expanded to 8 rooms and, refurbishing its extensive balcony, Mr. Jeremias built a glassed restaurant, where you can now enjoy a magnificent view. 8 rooms grew to 13 in 1987, using a small garden next to the restaurant, and in 1992, after a 15-month closure for expansion and renovation works, the inn reopened with 28 double rooms and 1 suite.
This expansion included the restoration of an old ruined foundry, located in front of the Inn's original building. The location of the slightly expanded restaurant was kept, some of the old rooms gave way to the current living room/bar, with a cozy fireplace for winter nights, and a nearby deck was converted into a panoramic terrace.
Pestana Tip: One of the most important things you need to bring to Marvão is comfortable shoes to stroll through the village streets. You can go up and down the village streets, covering its old cobbled pavement and irregular walls. The abrupt cliffs, the slopes, the gardens and the birds will make you fall in love with this place where time seems to stand still.