This pousada is mostly modern construction and not as charming as many in the Pestana Group. But it’s perfectly comfortable and the location can’t be beat. The views are spectacular, as you can see on the website, but what’s more important is that you’re right on the edge of the Parque Nacional, but without being in the middle of the tourist scrum in and around Gerês. The parque is beautiful, and it has a dozen or so hiking trails of varying degrees of difficulty. The one we took, the Trilho da Preguiça, was just gorgeous. Information about hiking and other access to the parque is hard to come by, but there’s a park headquarters about 1 km north of Gerês (located in a big white building on the left side of the road [going north], at the turnoff to the campground). It closes at about 5:30 PM and on weekends, so plan your trip around its open hours. The woman we spoke with there was extremely helpful. As for the pousada: our room was comfortable and quiet. The staff was a bit cold, but OK. Breakfast is passable. If you ask for a room with a terrace, you get to enjoy the view any time of day. We were happy we located here. We didn’t eat dinner in the restaurant, because of previous TA reviews, but if you’re adventurous you can have the dining experience of a lifetime by driving half an hour to Restaurante O Victor. (Be sure to book a table!)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pousada Caniçada-Gerês is located near the incredible Peneda-Gerês National Park, the only area in Portugal classified as a National Park. The Pousada is located in a gorgeous mountain chalet, sitting high in the mountains between forests, translucent waterfalls and unforgettable scenery. It is a vista point over the Cançada Dam, in the middle of the Rio Cávado. During your stay, you will be able to relax in our various common rooms, take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool and enjoy a meal at the restaurant with panoramic views and an esplanade. All of the rooms are climate controlled and have free Wi-Fi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pousada De Sao Bento