Photos courtesy of Pousada de Alcácer do Sal
33 rooms and 2 suites
Double rooms: 100–240 euros
Suites: 140–280 euros
Rates include breakfast, tax, and service.
Open: all year
Alcácer do Sal is 70 km south of Lisbon, off the A2. The pousada is signposted.
On site: swimming pool
Nearby: water sports; hiking; canoeing; fishing; golf; bicycling; hot-air ballooning; archery; horseback riding; 4-wheel driving
High on a hill overlooking the Sado estuary, this modern pousada belies the ancient walls that surround it. Decor is minimalist with only the Oriental carpets and the stone and brick walls suggesting a bit of medieval ambiance.
Spacious and comfortable guest rooms have whitewashed walls, wood furniture, blue sofa chairs, and Oriental carpets on wood floors. Marble-lined bathrooms are large and modern. Many rooms have small balconies.
The pousada’s light and airy dining room overlooks the terrace and features a regional menu with offerings such as lamb stew, mussel soup, and roast pork. Breakfast is ample.
Those with young children will find the wading pool a fun diversion.