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
We stayed for 5 nights and it was a truly memorable experience. The room was spacious and comfortable and extraordinarily well serviced.
The location was perfect, overlooking the bridge and church. The terrace was a super sun trap with stunning views down the valley. The food was exceptional (just one small flaw- the breakfast bacon could have been hotter) the breakfast buffet choice was vast.
We had dinner in both the Dining room and the Michelin Restaurant and both were excellent. We chose the hotel to visit the Michelin and we were not disappointed - some wonderful and inspired dishes. The service throughout was exemplary.
We took the electric bicycles along the tamega valley railway track on o Monday morning and virtually had the place to ourselves. It was a wonderful ride amongst fantastic scenery.
This is the perfect hotel.
Beautifully updated & decorated historic hotel. Outstanding, friendly service from all staff, whether front desk or restaurants. Michelin starred restaurant unforgettable. Fabulous food with concentrated flavors & superbly attentive staff. Worth a special trip to Amarante, which is a very enjoyable, historic town.
Excellent Hotel with friendly staff and great location in the center of town and opposite the historic Church of São Gonçalo Monastery overlooking the Tâmega River and the 18th Century São Gonçalo bridge.
A great welcome with a smiling receptionist and a glass of bubbles. Hotel has many seating areas ...the top deck would be great in the summer. The lower terrace also has superb views, as did our deluxe double room. One of the largest and most comfy beds ever slept in! All staff friendly and attentive. Breakfast was delicious and eggs etc on offer too though we had no room for same after the fruit yoghourts etc on offer . For a relais and chateaux, we found prices very reasonable and would return in an instant.
We had dinner at the restaurant during out stay in Amarante.
We had a large group and shared a number of entrees. The salmon steaks were so tender that they melted in your mouth. The lamb was perfectly prepared and so tender. We had salad and mousse for desert.
The house wine was excellent.
Wonderful place for dinner.
We did not have a chance to enjoy the hotel.