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
- 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
Having stayed here some years ago, it was a great return visit. We arrived late, in the dark and rain, but were warmly welcomed. There is a narrow stone archway you have to drive through up to the front door, but having negotiated that the rest was easy. The rooms are richly decorated in reds and gold, many overlooking the river. Chilled sparkling wine and chocolates were waiting in our room. We only ate breakfast in the hotel, buffet style with a good choice, the only downside being the staff trying to steer us away from tables in the window, not sure why! There is a second car park, easier to access, but too far to walk with luggage, near the outdoor pool. The hotel is in the centre of Amarante, several restaurants very near, as is the river, shops, cathedral etc. Would definitely return.
Exceptional historic property overlooking the river and old town plaza in Amarante. Our room was well appointed, spacious and luxurious in all regards, right down to the round jetted tub area off the over-sized bathroom. Staff were very attentive, including valet parking service. Excellent breakfast in their Michelin rated restaurant. Very good value for what we paid compared to our stays in Porto and Lisbon at other luxury historic properties.
The booking process was easy and intuitive. The hotel is grandiosely venerable and beautiful and sit next to Tamega river, where Igreja de Sao Gonçalo and the Ponte stand strong. Professional staff with friendly and helpful attitude. The best gesture we really appreciate is the upgrade to a suite with the view of the foremention. Humongous suite with a living room, 2 baths, a walk-in closet, a large bedroom, and a balcony with the town and river view. GORGEOUS!!! The landscape is sparkling with light at night. I suspect we got the upgrade because it was a short stay and when they informed us via email ahead of time reg the pool and garden being closed due to a wedding, we didn't fuzz. That was tremendous customer service hardly find nowadays. Bravi to the staff at the Calçada.
Near the hotel is an excellent restaurant Poble Tolo that one must try. We didn't dine at the hotel's Michelin restaurant but I'm sure it doesn't disappoint. Breakfast was awesome and delicious, I just wanted to eat all day here. LOL...
Amarante is a step into a fairytale. Calçada enhances the magical town. How heavenly!
Spent five nights, enjoyed the ambiance and the excellent dining. Staff very friendly. Room excellent with a great view of the river and the town. Only issue we had was with parking, otherwise one of the more enjoyable venues.
Beautiful hotel with wonderful views across the Tâmega river.
Rooms are spacious, staff friendly and the breakfast is outstanding.
A room facing the river is a must.
Amarante is a great alternative to staying in Porto. There’s easy access to the Duoro Valley, Porto and all the wonderful small towns and national parks in the north of Portugal.