Photos courtesy of Pousada de Alvito
19 rooms; 1 suite
Double rooms: 100–192 euros
Suite: 135–224 euros
Rates include breakfast, tax, and service.
Open: beginning of April through December
In 2016, opens July 1.
Alvito is located where the N257 and N258 come together. The castle is in the center of town.
On site: swimming pool
Nearby: canoeing; bicycling; hiking; horseback riding; wine tastings
In the heart of the Alentejo region, one drives through kilometers of rather stark countryside punctuated by occasional cork and oak trees until the whitewashed town of Alvito. The area is famed for its wine, and signs point the way to vineyards offering tastings.
The castle of Alvito, located right in the middle of town, combines Mudéjar and Gothic styles of architecture. Although there has been quite a bit of reconstruction, one still feels its medieval origins from the vaulted Gothic ceilings, red-tile floors, and oil paintings.
Guest rooms are generous with modern bathrooms. Those on the 2nd floor have stone window benches and arched Moorish windows that look out across the town.
Outside, a leafy garden, filled with orange trees, cypresses, and palms, and a swimming pool offer a pleasant area in which to relax. There are even a few strutting peacocks. A nice touch is a shady arcade covered with grape vines.
The castle is registered as a National Monument.