Luxury hotel holiday Pestana Palacio do Freixo Porto

Pestana Palacio do Freixo is a grand and inviting hotel on the banks of the river Douro, located not far from the historic centre of Porto. The hotel’s pristine gardens and outdoor spaces afford excellent views over the river, along with the outdoor pool and pool dining terrace. The hotel building is a stunning example of 18th century architecture and this decadent intricacy is mirrored inside, particularly in the lounge where the palace’s original frescoes and detailing have been beautifully restored. The hotel’s indoor bar and restaurant are in similarly sumptuous settings. There is a shuttle service which takes guests into the centre of 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
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Choice of upgrades available - rooms, flights and board basis. Details on request.

Luxury bespoke hotel holidays to Pestana Palacio do Freixo, Porto, Portugal

Pestana Palacio do Freixo is a 5-star hotel located in an 18th century palace, where beautiful original features are combined with modern luxury. The pool and gardens afford enviable views over the river Douro and a shuttle service allows guests to easily explore the historic centre of Porto.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 5

Location In Porto, overlooking the river Douro

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Porto

Distance from airport 20 minutes by car

Hotel facilities and services

Restaurant, two bars, outdoor pool, indoor pool, spa, room service, WiFi, parking, fitness centre, sauna, Turkish bath.

Out and about nearby

Guided tours and river cruises can be booked through the hotel, as well as visits to local wine cellars and tastings of regional cuisine. Head to the city’s Ribeira district and walk the length of the bank of the Douro river and explore its narrow offshoots, where there are numerous lively cafes, restaurants and shops to discover. Perhaps cross the Luis I Bridge, a metal arch bridge dating from 1886, whose 172 metres connect Porto with Vila Nova de Gaia across the Douro. Here, on the banks of Gaia, magnificent views of Porto can be enjoyed. Vila Nova de Gaia is also famous for its port wine cellars, where tastings can also be arranged. Back in Porto, sites such as the seventeenth century cathedral and the Igreja de Sao Francisco with exquisite gilt work as well as several museums are places where visitors can discover the city’s rich history. Other places of cultural interest include the Casa de Musica, designed by architect Rem Koolhas, and the Serralves estate which includes a villa, park and the Contemporary Art Museum, one of Portugal’s most visited museums.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic double room for 3 nights, with breakfast and flights from London with British Airways.

From about

£910

Holiday Code EXH46372

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 hotel holidays to Pestana Palacio do Freixo, Porto, Portugal

Room descriptions

Pestana Palacio do Freixo has 75 rooms and 12 suites all with safe, minibar, hairdryer, air conditioning, television, telephone and WiFi.

Classic attic room
Loft attic room
Classic room
Superior room
Executive room with partial river view or view of the palace
Executive superior room with river view
Deluxe grand view room with river view
Junior suite
Standard suite with river view
Balcony suite with river view and balcony
Suite Nasoni with river view and balcony

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic double room for 3 nights, with breakfast and flights from London with British Airways.

From about

£910

Holiday Code EXH46372

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 hotel holidays to Pestana Palacio do Freixo, Porto, Portugal

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Pestana Palacio do Freixo, Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with British Airways from London to Porto. The hotel is about 15 minutes’ drive from the airport.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic double room for 3 nights, with breakfast and flights from London with British Airways.

From about

£910

Holiday Code EXH46372

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 hotel holidays to Pestana Palacio do Freixo, Porto, Portugal

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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