The city of Viseu is located about 180 miles northeast of Lisbon. It is believed that the name of the city was derived from the Roman term “viso”, which means good view, and you can still enjoy panoramic views from the city’s highest point. Besides its cultural sites, Viseu is also known for the handicrafts that are produced by the local artisans, including quilts and carpets, pottery, and fine embroidery and lace.
When you’re ready to take a break from the sightseeing and shopping, you can check into the recently opened Pousada de Viseu, located on a hill near the center of town. Housed in a building that was built in 1842, it formerly served as the São Teotónio Hospital. The architectural details of this classic building were painstakingly maintained and restored to showcase its original grandness. A glass ceiling has been installed over the inner courtyard that was once uncovered. Today the courtyard is a cozy lobby and meeting area for guests.
The 84 guest rooms are spacious, and include Standard rooms, larger Superior rooms, and spacious Suites that have a sitting area, and some offer a terrace. The Special Suites have a living room, separate bedroom, and a large wrap-around terrace. For more information and reservations, click here.
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