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Pousadas can be found in all the regions of Portugal except Madeira island.  Continental Portugal is relatively small, the size of Indiana, and can be driven north to south in a few hours.  Short descriptions of each area are listed below.  Remember, don't go overboard in trying to see all of them.  Each area offers more than enough for a week each. Click on the region name or Map to see a list of Pousadas in each area.  You can also see our own suggestions .  

Oporto & NorthPousadas in the Oporto & North Region: Known as the "Cradle of Portugal", this area north of the fabled Douro river is a mountainous region with rivers, natural parks and steep, sloping hillsides. The Douro river valley, with its many vineyards is today classified as a world heritage site.  More info

Nearest Airport: Oporto (OPO)



Pousadas in the Central Region: Home to the University town of Coimbra, home of Portugal's oldest university. The area boasts historical towns and villages like Guarda, Linhares, and others emblematic of this 'granite' area. More info 

Nearest Airport: Oporto (OPO)


Lisbon area

Pousadas in the Lisbon & Tejo Region: The capital city, Lisbon, was listed recently as the 1st choice of the NY Times Travel section for new destinations. Within a few hours, visit castle towns such as Palmela and Obidos, as well as the pilgrimage site of Fatima. More info 

Nearest Airport: Lisbon (LIS)



Pousadas in the Alentejo Region: Golden plains that disappear out of sight combine with the sun and the heat to impose their own slow, steady rhythm. This is the Alentejo.  The open, ample landscape is peppered with cork-oaks or olive trees that have withstood the ravages of time. Fortress towns such as Marvão or Monsaraz, dot the landscape, Visit Évora and discover its Roman roots and the delightful charm of its heritage to understand why the city has been classified as a world heritage site.  More info 

Nearest Airports: Lisbon (LIS); Southern area: Faro (FAO)


Pousadas in the Algarve Region: Portugal’s southernmost coastline, where the sea is warm and calm has much to offer. Away from the hotels and luxury resorts, discover small fishing villages - such as Santa Luzia, in Tavira - and the small port of Sagres - that are idyllic and peaceful. The Algarve also has 30 golf courses and some are among the best in Europe. They will tempt amateurs and professionals alike.  More info 

Nearest Airport: Faro (FAO)


Pousadas in the Azores Islands: The 9 islands of the Azores are located in the North Atlantic, 2/3 of the distance from the USA to Portugal. Service from Boston to Ponta Delgada is available. Faial and Terceira islands each offer a Pousada in their respective island capitals. Explore the #2 island destination voted by National Geographic Traveller's staff. More info 

Nearest Airports: Horta (HOR); Terceira (TER); From USA: Ponta Delgada (PDL)