Luxury hotel holiday Casa da Calcada Douro Valley

The five star Casa da Calcada is a veritable gem hidden away behind the trees and hills of the Douro Valley. As a member of the prestigious Relais and Chateaux group, the Casa da Calcada offers a unique and satisfying level of luxury, with an atmospheric dining hall, sprawling golf course, and hundred year old gardens. Guests staying at this hotel are well-placed to explore the vineyards of the valley, as well as the nearby larger cities, such as Porto.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Porto
  • Private car transfer airport to hotel and back
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, board and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays to Casa da Calcada, Douro Valley

Casa da Calçada is a 5-star boutique hotel in a beautiful riverfront location. The hotel boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant and produces its own "Vinho Verdes" wines, and offers guests an idyllic retreat in the Douro Valley region.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 5

Location The hotel is located on the banks of the Tamega in Amarante

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport

Distance from airport The hotel is about 40-minutes' drive from Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport

Hotel facilities and services

Michelin-starred Restaurant, Tamega's Bar, Lounge and Games Room, and 2 Outdoor Swimming Pools (one for adults, one for children), Gardens, Spa, Bicycle Path.

Complimentary

WiFi, Guest Parking.

Land sports

Tennis, Golf, Cycling.

Out and about nearby

The Museum of Amadeo Souza-Cardoso, the Teixeira de Pascoaes Manor House, nature walks in the Serra do Marao, the Port and wine cellars in the Douro Valley, the Vinho Verde wine cellars, and the Ecotrail across the neighbouring countryside.

Sports nearby

Rafting, Canoeing, Golf, Hiking, and Walking.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Executive double room for 3 nights

From about

£660

Holiday Code EXH1870

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays to Casa da Calcada, Douro Valley

Room descriptions

Casa da Calçada has 30 rooms with air-conditioning, satellite television, telephone, minibar, and hair dryer.

Executive Room
Luxury Room
Superior Luxury Room
Executive Suite
Presidential Suite

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Executive double room for 3 nights

From about

£660

Holiday Code EXH1870

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays to Casa da Calcada, Douro Valley

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to the Casa da Calcada, Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with British Airways from London to Oporto. Flights may be available from other UK airports with Easyjet, Jet2 and TUI for example. The hotel is about 40 minutes’ drive from the airport and we recommend that we book a private car transfer for you, or include the use of a hire-car for the duration of your holiday.

Additional information

Children: Children 3 years of younger stay free when sharing a room with 2 adults. A cot can be provided on request free of charge. Extra beds and extra breakfasts are available at an added charge.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Executive double room for 3 nights

From about

£660

Holiday Code EXH1870

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays to Casa da Calcada, Douro Valley

Highlights of Lisbon

The area close to the city of Lisbon is known for its variety of attractions. Moorish architecture left over from Arabic rule can be seen in the Castelo de Sao Jorge in the Alfama. Collections of Portuguese art are on display in the Museu Gulbenkian, the Museu de Arte Antiga, and the Berardo Collection. For a taste of Portugal's maritime history, visit the Monasteiro dos Jeronimos. Sintra, the favourite haunt of Lord Byron, is home to twin-peak-top castles and royal palaces. Beautiful, golden sandy beaches can be found in Cascais to the west of Lisbon, or on the Costa da Caparica to the south; particularly idyllic are the coves between Setubal and Sesimbra. Peniche is a picturesque seaside town renowned for being one of Europe's best surfing spots. You can explore all that the area around the city of Lisbon has to offer with our Tour of the City and Countryside of the Lisboa Region.

Highlights of the Algarve

Known for having some of Portugal's most scenic beaches, the Algarve is a popular destination for those looking for a beach or water sports holiday enjoying the Portuguese sunshine. Sagres and Tavira are recognised as the best places for this. In Albufeira, Armacao de Pera, and Lagos you will find an abundance of the light-catching rocky outcrops and peaceful coves that the Algarve is so well known for. Salema, Burgau, and Sagres were once busy little fishing villages, and now still stand as testament to this important aspect of Portuguese culture. The Reserva Natural da Ria Formosa lies just off the southern coastline, the islands of which can be accessed from many towns, including Faro, Olhao, Fuseta, Cabanas, and Tavira; most of which are also ideal starting points from which to try a little surfing. White-washed and serene Alcoutim is an example of the less-developed Portuguese towns, with a hint of Andalucia in its appearance, and Loule is the perfect place to wander around a bustling market. You may also wish to visit the Roman ruins at Milreu, the Moorish town of Silves, or the Spa town of Caldas de Monchique. For outdoor pursuits, head into the Serra de Monchique Mountain Range.

Highlights of Porto and the Douro Valley

At the mouth of the Rio Douro lies Porto, an atmospheric town with a dramatic aspect and almost Parisian lifestyle. Its streets are lined with historic buildings and wine lodges serving the best of Portuguese wines. The nearby wine towns of Penafiel, Peso da Regua, Pinhao, and Amarante are also recommended for wine-tasting, but have a much more rural location. Amarante, in particular, is believed to be the most attractive wine town in the area, with a central triple-arched bridge, tall stone red-roofed houses interspersed with verdant trees, and a gently flowing river. To witness a sample of Portuguese Baroque architecture, visit the pilgrimage town of Lamego. The main attraction of this town, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedios, lies at the top of an elaborate and intricately decorated set of zig-zagged stairways that pass through archways and across viewing balconies. In Porto, some of the greatest artistic triumphs of 17th century Portugal reside, the Se Cathedral in particular, in which every inch of the columns, archways, and altar have been adorned in golden floral and religious motifs, in true Baroque style. For something even more historic, visit the Palaeolithic rock formations of Vila Nova de Foz Coa, the largest outdoor gallery of stone age remains in the world, which have since been neighboured by flourishing vineyards. Along the rocky gorges of the river, you will find a number of castle-towns, including the Medieval walled town of Trancoso and the fortress town of Almeida.

Highlights of Madeira

A green and fertile island in the Atlantic Ocean, Madeira is situated off the coast of Morocco. Its coastline combines beautiful sandy beaches with rocky cliffs, the latter of which can be best appreciated at Cabo Girao. The island's capital, Funchal, is packed full with historic buildings, including 15th century churches and convents and a Se Cathedral as ornate as the one in Porto. Enjoy the relentless joviality of the street markets, or visit more peaceful attractions, such as the basalt cave of Capela de Sao Vicente or the island's protected nature reserves. Rare Laurissilva forests can be walked, trekked, or hiked through, affording guests sensational views; and the crystal clear waters off the coast can be swam through, perhaps below the water's surface so the ecosystems that live in the reefs can be appreciated. One of the greatest pleasures of Madeira, however, is wandering over the beaches, surveying the rock pools, and taking in the sights from the clifftops. Aside from the key regions that our Portuguese programme focuses on, there is much to find and see in Portugal. Those willing to drive a little further during the day will enjoy a much more diverse touring holiday.

Facts in brief

Capital Lisbon
Airport There are international airports at Lisbon, Porto and Faro, served by a variety of airlines from the UK, including British Airways, EasyJet, bmibaby, TAP, Jet2.
Size 35,000 sq. miles
Population 10 million
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