A tale of three pousadas

There are no hotels quite like Portugal’s pousadas: restored castles and monasteries that show a very different side of the Mediterranean nation, writes Maeve McLoughlin

15th February, 2015
The Pousada Flor da Rosa once belonged to the Order of Malta

‘You will be living like nuns,” says the manager at the tourist office. A funny kind of welcome to give a group of holidaymakers, but this is Portugal, where history and religion run deep and entwined.

And, sure enough, our bedrooms for the next few days are converted nuns’ and monks’ cells – but they are encased in some of the planet’s unique hotels, the Pousadas de Portugal, a chain of 44 magnificently...

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