Photos courtesy of Forte de São Francisco
54 rooms and 4 suites
Double rooms: 65–128 euros
Suites: 130–168 euros
Open: February through December
Chaves is located where the N-2 and N-103 highways come together, 10 km south of the Spanish border. The hotel is on a hill above the town. Buses connect to Bragana, Braga, Porto, and Coimbra.
On site: swimming pool
Nearby: horseback riding; wine tasting; thermal spa; hiking; Chaves historical center with Roman bridge and castle keep.
Yes. Inquire hotel for details.
Through the imposing walls of this fortress-convent, with its commanding position above the town of Chaves, you’ll find yourself surrounded by extensive gardens and courtyards.
Within these gardens, the hotel is actually in two buildings, the original convent, which holds the church and some guestrooms, and a new and connected annex, which holds the larger guestrooms. Entry into the hotel is through the church portal.
Guestrooms are modern in style and comforts, although some are furnished with antique reproductions.
The restaurant offers elegant dining with a view. Regional selections include variations of seafood. For lighter meals you can try the fort’s tavern, decorated with the tasty smoked sausages traditional to the area. The hotel even holds a disco-bar.
Be sure to make time for the swimming pool. Its built right against the convent ruins and has a terrific view over the countryside.
Rare bird aviary
Chapel and church with art gallery
A Portuguese National Monument