If you like the olden days glamor and charm, this hotel in Viana do Castelo is the right place to spend a few days. In one of the most beautiful and less obvious destinations of the country, you can stay between the sea and the mountains, with the city at your feet and a viewpoint over one of the most photographed views of Minho: the hill of Santa Luzia.
While crossing the bridge over the Lima river, you are able to identify the silhouette of the hotel, but you will not believe that you are really going to spend a few days there. On the hill of Santa Luzia, just behind the magnificent Sanctuary of Santa Luzia - it is possible to make out the outlines of an eclectic styled building, with an air of "fin de siecle", by the architect Miguel Ventura Terra.
Head to the center of Viana and start to climb towards Santa Luzia.Arriving at the Pousada, a wooded park area and a grand welcome await you. The building evokes cold sea vacation, tea terraces and long conversations on the balconies and gardens. And that's what you can do during your stay.
Go down the staircase of the gardens and visit the amazing Sanctuary of Santa Luzia, the same architect of the hotel, which irresistibly mixes neo-romantic elements, neo-Gothic and Byzantine to create a single building, from where you have one of the best views of the world, according to National Geographic. Then it is time to take the wonderful funicular of Santa Luzia and downtown.In Viana, it is much more than "lenços dos namorados" (Valentine scarves ) and hearts in filigree: the new "Mecca of Portuguese architecture", according to the well informed Wallpaper, which has a number of contemporary buildings designed by the greatest national architects.
After a tour by the twenty-first century has the best to offer you, go back to the charm of the early twentieth century and enjoy to rest in the magnificent pool overlooking the Serra D'Arga and the ruins of Citânia. If indeed it is said that those who like Viana, come; and that those who love it, stay; you will certainly extend your stay.
Go to your room and be impressed by the magnificent view which combines the smooth mouth of the Lima river with the roughness of the Atlantic Ocean. Open your lungs to pure and salty air, which helps you to recharge batteries at every inspiration - and that inspires you to take long walks in the neighborhood.
This amazing set shows the dwellings of previous holders of one of the most famous views in Portugal: the old city contains remains from the time of the Iron Age to the Romanization and shows how the site you chose to rest at was privileged over the centuries.Interestingly, the organic way these ruins are kept clean will raise your interest: a small flock folder herbs that surround the old town and complement perfectly the sound of the wind of the mountains and the ocean waves in the background.
If the bucolic and pastoral experience does not suit you, civilization awaits you inside in the magnificent lounge bar, with its sofas resembling the traditional Viana embroidery; the magnificent terraces in the shade of towering granite columns; or in the elegant restaurant of the Pousada, where the tones harmonize to offer you a classic and very refined atmosphere.