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The Pousada

The Pousada's views

History tells us that the Convento do Desagravo in Vila Pouca da Beira was built on the orders of the Bishop and Count, Dom Francisco de Lemos de Faria Pereira, during the last quarter of the eighteenth century. Today's Pousada preserves this fascinating piece of history intact, carefully adapted to provide contemporary comfort. Its superb location, close to the mountains of the "Serra da Estrela" and the "Serra do Açor", helps to create a romantic and peaceful atmosphere.

Pousada History:

The old Desagravos Convent, in which the Pousada is housed, is in Vila Pouca da Beira, a small village with less than 400 habitants. The region is notable for its tasty cheese, which is still made by hand and highly prized for its rich flavour.

Serra da Estrela Natural Park, being the largest mountain range and the highest peak in continental Portugal at just under 2000 meters, is a short drive away from the village. In winter there is skiing on the upper slopes. It is also the only area where a rare species of mountain lizard is found. The small and remote village of Belmonte is 65 kilometers away.

The village is of considerable interest and overlooked by a restored thirteenth century castle. This castle was the family residence and birthplace of the Discoverer, Pedro Álvares Cabral, who first discovered Brazil. Some reports suggest that he was going around the Cape of Good Hope on his way from Portugal to the Far East. A ferocious Atlantic storm blew him off course and the famous discovery was by accident.

The Pousada

The Convent was built on the orders of the Bishop Count D. Francisco de Lemos de Faria Pereira Coutinho in 1780 and the construction works finished about 20 years later. About one hundred years later, when the last nun living in the Convent died, the building was converted into a Military Hospital. It has been extensively and carefully restored by the Bissaya Barreto Foundation with great attention being paid to all the details.

It was opened in August 2002 and is is now a luxury hotel, offering very high standard accommodation in superb surroundings. The shaded convent cloister and formal gardens are oasis of calm to relax in from the heat of the day. Convento do Desagravo is about 280 km from Lisbon and 180 km from Porto (Oporto) airport.


One of the rooms of the Pousada

The Pousada has 24 rooms: 21 double rooms and 3 suites.

The rooms have the following equipment:


Restaurant of the Pousada
Specialty Restaurant Menu
Weddings and Other Events

The Pousada preserves all the fascination of the historical passed adapted to the comfort of the modern years. Certainly one of the best spaces for your events. Weddings till 150 people (with marquee up to 300 people). There is a church right beside the Pousada where it is also possible to organize an exclusive wedding.


The Pousada's interior
at the Pousada
outside the Pousada
Fairs and Markets:


Pousada Road sign Its superb location, within easy reach of the major roads to the region, in a sunny position with a panoramic view of the "Serra da Estrela" and the "Serra do Açor", offers further guarantees that your stay here will be unforgettable.
Interesting Places:
Nearest Pousadas:
The Pousada's with its wonderful views
The Pousada's terrace


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.
  Preços em Euros por quarto Duplo por noite com pequeno almoço e taxas
Type of room 01/08/13
01/04/14 to 31/07/14
15/09 to 31/10
14/09/14 (A)
Sun-Fri Sat Sun-Fri Sat Sun-Fri Sat Sun-Fri Sat Sun-Fri Sat
(*)Rates From (*)Rates From (*)Rates From (*)Rates From (*)Rates From
Standard 140.00 170.00 120.00 150.00 90.00 120.00 120.00 150.00 120.00 150.00
Superior 168.00 204.00 144.00 180.00 108.00 144.00 144.00 180.00 144.00 180.00
Suite - - - - 121.00 162.00 162.00 202.00 162.00 202.00

*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
Extra Bed: Children (0-2 years old) - Free
Extra Bed: Children (3-12 years old) -Free
Extra Bed: Children (above 12 years old) - Plus 30% on room rates

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.


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The Pousada's at dusk
The Pousada's interior
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