Who would have thought I would sleep in a fortress ? Yet, overlooking the beautiful Sado estuary ? Keep on gazing and one will see the vast Atlantic ocean ahead. Total bliss for a stay in Setubal. This was the very first pousada before I became hooked on the pousada stays throughout the stunning and vast country of Portugal. One walks up the sometimes steep cobblestoned roads to the fortress of Sao Felipe. Battlement cannons are all in place and up through the archways and up the stairs one is greeted with fantastic views, warm cozy and old authentic rooms ( no lift !) but with tons of character and charm. The staff are like family and so warm , thoughtful and helpful. We will never forget any of them. The dining room is unique with windows upon windows to not miss the magnificent view at every angle imagined. Food was delicious and varied. Dont forget to save room for the lovingly prepared Portuguese desserts. Not far fromt the pousada is the Arribada mountain and beaches which are one of the most amazing sections of Portugal. This pousada is small, compact but chock full of history. There is a private chapel to view or to say a few prayers. It is ornate and reflects the period of time of the Portuguese history. Setubal has a great market and a convenient place to rent a car or to take the train. Fernanda was one of the most helpful staff along with Mr. Goncalves. Worth a stay to have lunch on the terrace and to enjoy a fortress setting. We loved it !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Pousada de Setubal is situated in the nearby historical city of Setubal, offering stunning views of the River Sado, the Troia peninsula and all of the surrounding Natural Park of Arrabida. In this old fort of seventeenth century architecture, named Sao Filipe, you can feel the traces of the past, having more than four centuries of history. Just a breath of imagination could give live to the thick walls and gravestones of this historical Pousada, rising out of the cold slabs, a lively picture of live in the court during the reign of the Spanish monarch Filipe II. For those who enjoy golf, you will find near the Pousada de Setubal, Sao Filipe, the magnificent golf courses of Troia and Montado. Within the Setubal region you can also go on cruises on the River Sado to do some dolphin watching, visit the beaches in Arrabida and eat traditional fried cuttlefish. ... more less
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