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Portugal, Amares

Pousada Santa Maria do Bouro

5 stars, Contemporary, Design, Historic, Luxuriant nature, Vineyards, Countryside, Cultural activities, Sports activities, Business, Wedding & Honeymoon, Gastronomy, Getaway, Golf, Gardens, Swimming pool, Restaurant, Wildlife, Zen

The Pousada Santa Maria do Bouro design hotel in a distant suburb of Porto, opens onto the green landscapes of the Minho region. The daring design of this luxury establishment, situated within the walls of a 12th century Cistercian monastery, plunges guests into the minimalist universe of Portuguese architect, Eduardo Souto. The 32 sober, elegant and spacious rooms are decorated simply and possess every possible modern comfort. The walls have preserved their original spirit and cast a veil of serenity over this medieval complex. From the benches of the ancient refectory where the monks took their meals in silence to the edge of the swimming pool located in a magnificent garden, the charming Pousada Santa Maria do Bouro celebrates the gentleness of Portuguese life, making it an ideal address for couples or entire families.


Portugal is famous for its fantastic natural landscapes which run from the north to the south of the country, and for the hospitality it reserves for tourists who come to discover them.

Porto, in the north, is popular with tourists anxious to discover the beauty of its sites and to learn the secrets behind the production of its world famous wine of the same name, known to us as port.

The Douro Valley, a few kilometers from Porto, has become a more and more popular destination with visitors who want to discover the country’s most beautiful vineyards and for the pleasant boat rides on the Douro which cross the valley.

To the north of Porto, they can also visit the Minho region, nicknamed the garden of Portugal since it’s one of Portugal’s protected green zones. On its green hills, we find the country’s only national park, the Peneda-Gerës with its numerous trails on which the more fortunate hikers might run into sheep herds, small wild horses, Iberian wolves or deer. The Minho region also contains a number of small typically Portuguese villages like Amares, whose inhabitants live primarily off the vineyards, which produce a delicious, fresh and sweet Vinho Verde.

A former convent transformed into a five star hotel

In the midst of Minho’s green mountains, in northern Portugal, we find the majestic and sculptural Pousada Santa Maria do Bouro. This all stone former monastery dating back to the 13th century was occupied by monks in white robes until 1834. It was entirely renovated and transformed into a refined five-star hotel. The monumental work involved was brilliantly carried out by the Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto, using the magnificence of the site by associating the centuries old stone walls with a contemporary design décor that takes nothing away from the unique quality of the building.

Thirty two rooms were built in the former convent running from one end of a wide corridor to the other. They are all very spacious, in total harmony with the surroundings and contain sober modern furniture and pure lines, creating an atmosphere of peace and serenity for the body and the mind. A restful and profound night’s sleep is guaranteed. The bathrooms all have attractive period style windows, offering guests a view of either the courtyard and its lovely lemon trees, or the immense garden with its superb swimming pool. The Pousada Santa Maria do Bouro is also known for the quality of its international and locally inspired gastronomic cuisine.

Meals are served in the former refectory of the monastery, where the monks would eat in silence while listening to an instructive lecture. It is now a large dining room with a magnificent fireplace. In the summer, on the terrace, guests can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the surrounding hills and mountains.

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Five stars / Contemporary / Historic building / Former Cistercian monastery dating from 12th century / Serene atmosphere / Refined cuisine / Outdoor swimming pool / Games room / Land & Water sports

When open:

Open all year

Number of rooms and suites:

32 rooms


Double occupancy from 102 euros

Nearest airport:

Francisco Sá Carneiro International Airport (OPO) - Porto

Hotel details:


4720-633 Amarès


details about this country

Flight time from Paris:

Approximately 2 hours

Time difference from Paris:

- 1 hour all year round

Type de climat :

Atlantic climate

Fairly humid

Mild winters, hot, dry summers

Necessary travel documents for French nationals:

No visa required

No required vaccinations


The euro (EUR)

Languages spoken:


English spoken in most hotels and shops

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+33 1 75 43 70 26 *Our reservation department is always happy to assist you via phone or via email. We are open Monday to Friday 9am to 18pm (GMT +1).