Casa da Calçada Relais & Châteaux
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes continental breakfast
- Riverside retreat set on lush grounds in the historic town of Amarente
- The hotel produces vinho verde wine at its own vineyard, a 15-minute drive away
What To Know
- Set in a 16th-century manor house
- The property can arrange a tour and tasting at its own vineyard
- The outdoor pool is open from June 1 to September 15
- The property is about a 40-minute drive from Porto
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
In a 16th-century manor on the banks of the Tamega River, Casa da Calcada is a country retreat between Porto and the Douro Valley. Set on lush grounds, the 30-room property has a grand mustard-yellow façade and interiors that combine antiques, classic furnishings and gold-framed oil paintings. The family-owned hotel produces its own wine, including Portugal’s signature vinho verde, which is served at the restaurant alongside Mediterranean dishes. (Private dining is also available.) The elegant guestrooms have a country house feel, but they all feature contemporary bathrooms and most overlook the gardens. Hit the outdoor pool in the summer months or join a tasting tour of the hotel’s vineyard, a 15-minute drive away.
In the Area
Head to Amarente‘s stunning Igreja de Sao Goncalo, a monastery with Renaissance features and panoramas of the Tamega River, which flows through the town. Stroll along to Ponte de Sao Gonçalo, an 18th-century bridge with stunning views toward the distant rapids. After a day of exploring, enjoy a feast at Largo do Paco, a Michelin-starred restaurant that serves contemporary Portuguese cuisine. Farther afield, the vibrant city of Porto is less than an hour’s drive away.
How to Get There
This place is a wonderful property with extraordinary staff. The only possible complaint that one might have is that some aspects of the decor is slightly "old world", but to offset that, the hotel dining room is new and gorgeous. Also, the location on a small hill overlooking the old bridge at Amarante is wonderful. I would highly recommend this property.
Great location overlooking the river, in the old town. Lovely terrace views and comfortable room although no view. Built into the side of hill, the hotel has its own vineyard above it with even better views. Good value wine available to drink on the terrace (recommended) and to take away. Good breakfast. Welcoming staff eager to help park the car which is useful as the main parking is on a slope against a wall - there is also overflow parking further up the hill, near the top of the hotel.
We were here only for two nights and our tour group had booked it and we could not have been happier!
Breakfast is great, though the wait staff seemed unhappy both days, lunch is great and don’t miss dinner in the One Star Michelin Restaurant. Beds were comfortable and the towels are huge! I highly recommend this restaurant.