Pousada de Santa Maria do Bouro, more commonly known as Pousada Mosteiro de Amares it is located in Amares, between the city of Braga and the Serra do Gerês.
The Pousada is the result of the restoration of a Cistercian Monastery from the 12th century, a work of distinguished architect, Eduardo Souto de Moura, winner of the 2011 Pritzker Prize, the most important worldwide architecture prize.
The Pousada is located only 17 minutes from Peneda Gerês National Park and is enveloped in fascinating scenery. During your stay, you can enjoy the outdoor swimming pool, the tennis court and leave your vehicle in the car park. For dining, we offer a restaurant and a bar with a fantastic fireplace, great for lighter meals on winter days.
The rooms are welcoming and comfortable, furnished in the name of Siza Vieira and equipped with cable TV and free Wi-Fi.
The 32 cells were transformed into comfortable rooms, adapting them to the level of comfort required of modern luxury hotel rooms.
RESTAURANTS AND SERVICES
In summer, take the opportunity to relax on the terrace with a view of the reflecting pool and the meadows at the unique outdoor swimming pool in the country, completely made of marble from the area, with fantastic views of the gardens.
In winter, take a stroll through the hotel's cloisters and read a book next to the fantastic fireplace at the Pousada de Amares' bar. Dine at the restaurant considered one of the most beautiful in Portugal. It offers traditional Minhota cuisine—take the opportunity to discover the flavours of Minho.
On foot, you can go bird watching, hiking or even visit the hot springs—all of which can be arranged with the help of our 24-hour reception.
The Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Bouro was first inhabited by monks in 1180 and quickly became rich as a result of royal protection. The monarch protected the religious community of Bouro at the end of the 16th century.
The hermits that lived here from the time of Dom Afonso Henriques had access to farming and pasture areas, abundant water and with the establishment of the Cistercian Order, art and enough ingenuity to be self-sufficient. After the extinction of religious orders, a midwife set up shop in a part of the monastery and many children were born here.
LOCATION AND DESTINATION
When staying at this Pousada, you cannot miss the Peneda e Gerês National Park and visit the Vilarinho das Furnas, Salamonde and Caniçada Dams.
Only 18 km from Braga, you can visit the city that is one of the main religious centres of Portugal, known for its Baroque churches, gardens and parks. You will be able to visit the Caldelas thermal baths, Abadia and other magnificent places that you will discover during your adventure.
The closest airport is Porto International Airport, 68 km from the Pousada. Pousada de Amares is a Monument Hotel with 32 rooms.