Between the city of Braga and the Gerês mountain range, stands Sta. Maria do Bouro Pousada, the result of the restoration of a former Cistercian Monastery, one of the most characteristic of that period in Portugal. In accordance with the monastic severity, but with a comfortable and modern decoration, this Pousada is an absolute must to discover the cultural sites of Minho.
It is worth exploring the tiny and picturesque villages with their typical granaries, handicrafts and ancient traditions, admiring the views from the mountainous zone of Abadia or discovering the fluvial beaches and bucolic landscape of the valleys of the rivers Cá;vado and Homem.
In terms of architectural patrimony, the county offers the religious triangle formed by the monasteries of Rendufe (founded in the 11th century, with a church displaying fine 18th-century woodwork), of Bouro (also belonging to the Benedictine order and being restored) and of Abadia, whose sanctuary, built in the 18th century, is surrounded by a dazzling scenery of dense vegetation and sheer cliffs. It is also the stage of a popular religious festival every year, on the 15th of August.
Another of the county’s architectural features are the medieval house-towers, namely the Castle Tower at Carrazedo and, although in ruins, the Tower and Honour of Vasconcelos at the parish of Ferreiros, and the Tower of Dornelas, integrated in a 17th-century manor-house.
Better known to visitors is the thermal spa of Caldelas, whose waters of therapeutic value were already used by the Romans. The resort, located near the River Alvito, is still quite popular and offers, besides modern thermal equipment and facilities, a restful scenery surrounded by mountains which provide pleasant walks.
The county of Amares is proud of its traditional gastronomy, characterized by the home-made flavours of the Minho region and including typical dishes such as rojões (pork spiced with wine and cumin), cozido à portuguesa (a variety of meat, sausages and vegetables), roast veal or "cod in the Abbey fashion".
For dessert, besides typical cakes such as rabanadas (French toast) and formigos (made of eggs, bread and honey), it is worth tasting the county's renowned oranges. Amares also produces an excellent vinho verde (green wine) on the sunny slopes of the Cá;vado, much appreciated for its light and delicate aroma.
The Pousada has 30 rooms and 2 luxurious twins.The rooms have the following equipment:
Refined ambience known for its superior quality, offering the guests an unforgettable experience. Enjoy a stay in the Convent where you will have all the comfort of modernity.
BEST RATES GUARANTEED
Your reservation is guaranteed to have the best rate available on the Internet. If you find within 24 hours of booking a lower rate for our pousadas on another website for the same room type, dates, and payment requirements we will match this rate.
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*Rates are valid up to 9 rooms, vary according to the pousada availability and variation of the best available rate, please double check rates when booking.
(A) New Year - From 28/12/13 to 01/01/14 Same Rates as From the 01/08 to 14/09/14
(A) Easter - From 17/04/14 to 19/04/14 Same Rates as From the 01/08 to 14/09/14
Single Occupancy - 10.00€ discount
Cancellations: First night will be charged if reservation is cancelled less than 48 hours prior to arrival date. No-Shows: Entire stay will be charged.