The Pousada of Palmela

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The Pousada of Palmela is a beautiful and historic hotel which is also luxuriously comfortable and just 40 minutes outside Lisbon. It is always our preferred first stop in Portugal after flying into the airport at Lisbon. We first visited in 2015 but this time intended to stay for three nights, rather than just overnight here.

Road up to the Castle of Palmela
Road up to the Castle
Pousada of Palmela
Pousada of Palmela

Views from the Pousada

The Pousada is on top of a hill with astounding views over the Sierra de Arrabida, the Sado Estuary to the south and the Tagus Estuary to the north.

Looking up the valley in the Serra da Arrabida from the Castle walls
The view towards the Sado Estuary
The view towards Setubal
View towards Lisbon and the Tagus Estuary
View towards Lisbon and the Tagus Estuary

The Castle of Palmela

This high promontory has been settled by the Romans, the Visigoths and then the Moors who occupied the site between the 8th-12th centuries and built the original fortress.The castle was retaken in 1147 by Dom Alfonso Henriques.

Roads up to the Castle and the Pousada at Palmela
Roads up to the Castle and the Pousada at Palmela
The Castle of Palmela

Convent of the Order of Santiago

The Castle and town were give to the military Order of Santiago1 in 1186, with other lands in the area. They continued to hold the castle until the 15th century.

The Order was motivated initially by a need to protect pilgrims on the Camino but soon became an instrument to fight the Moors in Portugal until the King seized control of the military orders in the 1500s.

Monks took over from the Order until the 1830s with the state possession of the monasteries after the Portuguese Civil War. After that the castle was used by the military

Remains of the military barracks inside the Castle walls

The Convent and Church of Santiago de Palmela

One year I photographed the church in B&W, with a proper camera. This time I only brought the small Canon Powershot which limits the possibilities. The church dates from the 15th century and of course the Order of Santiago was a monastic order in the beginning.

Nave of the Church
Nave of the Church

Inside the Pousada of Palmela

Part of the Convent was converted into the Pousada in 1969-79 and it is now a beautiful and comfortably luxurious hotel.

Sitting room on the Pousada at Palmela
Sitting room in the Pousada
Dining room in the cloister
Dining room in the cloister

We enjoyed three wonderfully relaxing nights in the Pousada of Palmela and can heartily recommend it to anyone visiting Portugal.



2 Responses

  1. Candy Blackham

    I have always enjoyed Palmela, and finding the little park this time was a real bonus. The staff were also so friendly and helpful….

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