pousada de alcacer do sal

Photos courtesy of Pousada de Alcácer do Sal








For 5000 years Celts, Romans, Visigoths, and Vikings have each occupied this site, important for its salt production and strategic for its trade route location. It was the Moors, however, who built the impressive castle walls.

In 1217 the Portuguese monarchy laid claim to the property, and in 1500 Manuel I of Portugal married the daughter of the Spanish king, Fernando, an important step in preventing hostility between the two rivals over the New World.

In the 16th century, the castle was converted into a Carmelite convent.

Pamela’s Perspective

Nature lovers will enjoy a stopover in Alcácer do Sal. The marshlands beneath the castle and extending to the west form the Reserva Natural do Sado, a wildlife reserve that provides shelter to white storks, egrets, dolphins, and otters.

For those on the way to the Algarve and want a head start out of Lisbon, Alcácer do Sal makes a good stopping point.


Pousada de Alcácer do Sal

A 9th-century castle


7580-197 Alcácer do Sal
Tel: ++351 265 613 070
Fax: ++351 265 613 074
Official pousada website
Reserve with Booking.com

Fast facts

33 rooms and 2 suites

Double rooms: 100–240 euros
Suites: 140–280 euros
Rates include breakfast, tax, and service.
Packages available

Open: all year

Getting there

Alcácer do Sal is 70 km south of Lisbon, off the A2. The pousada is signposted.

What to do

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.

Something special

curlicueQuiet atmosphere.