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Paradores and Pousadas

By Linda Tancs

If the usual tourist class hotel accommodations are getting a bit old, why not consider something more exclusive and off the beaten track?  Spanish Paradores and Portuguese Pousadas are intimate settings often located in historic buildings such as monasteries, castles, and fortresses.  Consider Santa Marinha Pousada, a monastery perched on a hill overlooking Guimarães, known as the “cradle of Portugal” as it’s the birthplace of the nation’s first king, Afonso Henriques.  Or sleep like royalty in Pontevedra, Spain in a palace that was formerly the residence of the Counts of Maceda.  Best of all, you don’t need a rock star’s wallet to afford these gems; find a property to match your budget and desires.

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