Pousada Santa Marinha
Largo Domingos Leite de Castro, Lugar da Costa, Guimaraes, Northern Portugal, 4810-011, Portugal
One of the better Pousadas in northen Portugal.
For a two days stay, I think we made a good choice. This pousada is a thing of beauty. The personel was extremely friendly and helpful. All places such as the restaurant, bar and the terace outside, were very clean and fitted out with marvellous decorations and furniture.
Only the rooms were not of a high standard, in any case, not for the price you pay for.
As the pousada is build on a hill, it's not to recommend to people with a weak heart or not being a good walker.
On demand, you can sleep in the old part of the building, where you can find some monk cells transformed into rooms.
Unique Quality: Located just outside the city centre, this fine Pousada is considered to be one of the best in Portugal. It is housed in a 12th century St Augustine convent which has been sumptuously adapted to the comforts of today.Other outstanding features are the cloisters, fountains & Azulejos.
The Pousada of Santa Marinha da Costa is described as being the jewel in the already glittering crown of Portuguese Pousadas. It is the biggest and by far the most impressive of all the Pousadas.
Directions: Once in the centre of Guimaraes, signs will bring you to the Pousada about 2 km. out of the city. The road is very twisting and uphill.
Is this true or am I in a dream???
The Pousada de Santa Marinha is located on a hill overlooking the city and is near the historical centre of Guimarães. The pousada is a XII century Augustin convent, which was rebuilt and restored and is now an Historical Pousada.
Unique Quality: I don't think I have enough words to describe this pousada. It's simply marvellous... And that's why I will add more pictures of this wonderful accomodation!
Directions: Just follow the street signs, it's easy to find!
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Driving in the countryside
I have continued to find the Rough Guide Guidbooks really helpful - full of interesting tips of what to see and where to go to see history and beautiful views from the well known popular sites right down to little villages and towns and country roads around Portugal.
Around the Serra de Estrela and on up through Mateus and Ciudad Real to meet the freeway connections to the fantastic Spanish freeways back to Madrid, the lovely roads around and up to Marvao, around Ourem to Obidos and Areia Branca and Peniche, sights and sites around Northern Portugal with the roads from Braganca to Chaves to Braga, Guimares and Briteiros Catania and up to Ponte de Lima and on into Spain to the famed Santiago de Compostela.
The roads have always been pretty good to excellent and the driving rather excellent as opposed to the warnings Ive read of Portugal having one of the highest accident rates in Europe!! Generally Ive been blessed with little traffic on the road and loads of beautiful scenery, architecture and cultural interests along the way to photograph.
Driving around the sights of Portugal!
"First visit to Portugal - one day rapido tour!"
Previous intentions to see Portugal from Spain in April 2006 didnt happen the way i planned, didnt drag myself away from Spain till the last day when i had to be in Seville by the evening, and so had to have a drive through tour ie starting with a 2 hour visit hour around the lovely hilltop fortress town of Marvao and then driving down to see the sights along me rapido route!
I did get to see more lovely countryside endowed with masses of spring flowers and the obvious-from-the-car sights of Estremoz and Evora - with time to stop and visit the post office for stamps and posting the important postcards!
Long drive from Evora southwards though and wish i had known to stop and drive around Serpa and especially also Monsaraz as it didnt fit into the latest visit either! but the stunning spring colours throughout the countryside continued.
Taking that route i ended up re-entering Spain and repeating previous travelled routes arriving at Aracena etc again on the way to Spain but i WAS in a hurry to get to Seville April Fair
"Finally in Portugal to see the sights seriously!"
2nd visit: From an interesting visit to the Spanish border fortress town of Ciudad Rodrigo i headed late afternoon into Portugal aiming straight for the Serra de Estrela - the beautiful highest mountains of Portugal - and stayed in Penhas de Saude for a night and excellent breakfast of local produce to start my visit. and what stunning sights through the day driving from Penhas to the highest peak of Torre, to the highest village of Sabagueiro to beautiful Linhares.
"Still havent seen enough and need another visit!"
Charged off at sundown from Linhares for a freeway charge down for an evening visit to Fatima - the pilgrimage crowds had gone by then - and a treat of a stay in the pousada at Ourem with magical view and sunrise that filled my room! then jam packed history day (via day visit to Fatima) to Batalha and Alcabaca to wake the next day at Areia Branca right on the beach. Obidos was the next blessing and then Conimbriga and Coimbra and end up in Viseu. My last day was the wet but stunning drive past the Douro to Mateus and Vila Real and the excellently accessible speedway back to Madrid!
3rd visit was driving a friend and her father for an Easter visit from Valladoid though lovely Caceres to Braga then up to Viana de Castelo, up to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, and then back on down through lovely sights such at Ponte de Lima, Briteiros, Guimares to Porto and returning via a repeat of the lovely roads in the Douro river area, ending up back via Vila Real and fast freeway back to our departure airport in Spain.
We are planning to travel to Portugal with our friends (6 adults and 4 kids) in the middle of May. We are flying from London to Porto and are thinking of renting car(s) and villa. I am trying to develop route and it's been so hard! I know there are lots of great places in the north of Portugal - Porto, Braga, Guimares etc. But we'd like to see Lisabon and that part of Portugal as well - Sintra, Obidus etc. Now I am very doubtful - can we do all that during 10 days + kids? I know in Lisabon there is a great Aquarium which kids would love to see. But on the other hand Lisabon is said to be very busy and that there is difficult to drive around. Please suggest - should we stay somewhere near Porto area and drive around just northern part of Portugal? Or stay for 2-3 days in Porto and then go south and stay for a week in Lisabon area? Which is the best we can do with three 5 year-olds and one 2 year-old?
And what is avarage temperature in POrtugal in May? Can we do swimming in the pool or ocean? (We come from northern part of Euroe and in summers we are happy to get as much as 17-18 degrees C in the sea). Thanks a lot!
RE: Please advise
You can actually get from the Porto to Lisbon in about 3 hours on the super highway. The charge is around 8 euros, but there's virtually no speed limit & no police. We awoke one morning planning to leave from our stay near Torres Novas & visit Conimbriga only to realize we were less than an hour from Porto. Definitely worth the trip.
Temp in May will be around 22-26 'C, as for swimming, in the north, you're on the Atlantic...even in July it's rather chilly.
One of the nicest beaches is in Nazare, but wow was the water cold!
RE: Please advise
It is rather hard driving in Portugal, both in Lisabon and Porto. Plus in Porto almost all roads are from the street-stone , so it is not so nice to drive there. Actually I would advise not to rent a car there - the city of Porto is not that big to need it. But might worth for seeing other northern parts of Portugal.
Also I would recommend to spend a couple of days in Porto and a couple of days in Lissabon (we loved Lissabon and were charmed by Porto, so it is really so hard to choose!) and then to decide where you want to stay longer. We actually planed first to stay longer in Lissabon, but than prolonged our stay in Porto:-)
About swimming - we been there in the beginning of September and couldn´t swim at all, only on Algarve (south of Portugal).
RE: Please advise
Wow, you have a lot on your plate! I think I would spend just 1 or 2 nights in Porto (not much for kids), then explore the region for a day or so. Drive to Coimbra for a night or 2 (see my Portugal pages), then to Lisbon for the remainder of your stay. Once in Lisbon, park your auto and forget it until you need to get to the airport. No need for a car in Lisbon. Drivng there can be a challenge.
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Pousada Santa Marinha
We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Pousada De Guimaraes Santa Marinha Hotel Guimaraes
Address: Largo Domingos Leite de Castro, Lugar da Costa, Guimaraes, Northern Portugal, 4810-011, Portugal