Guarda is the highest point in Portugal. It is a beautiful city with imposing monuments and is perfect for sightseeing. But there’s more to it. Serra da Estrela, the tallest mountain in mainland Portugal, is one of the places most Portuguese people have visited and is somewhere you cannot miss when visiting Guarda. If you’re visiting during the winter, you’ll be likely to find snow which means you’ll be surrounded by people having the time of their lives skiing down the mountain. Why not join them? And after all the sliding, there can’t be anything better than returning to a cosy, warm place where you can spend the rest of the day in the best company. If you need help finding that special place, we’re here for you. Here are the best places to stay in Guarda:
Solar De Alarcao is for those who like simplicity and comfort at the same time. This hotel is situated in a 17th-century building, with a garden and a terrace where you can relax while enjoying the beautiful view over Guarda. Each room is decorated with traditional Portuguese furnishings and features a TV, central heating and private bathroom.
The breakfast is excellent, composed of delicious products that are typical in the region and you can continue your Portuguese gastronomic journey in the great restaurants outside of the Solar. The place is also very close to Serra da Estrela Natural Park so if you’re visiting Guarda for just a couple of days and would like to see the most of it, this is the best option for you.
Solar De Alarcao
Address: Rua D. Miguel De Alarcão, 25, 6300-684 Guarda, Portugal (see map)
Price: from 62 USD
If you love heights, you’re going to love this hotel. It’s located at the highest point of the country, overlooking Serra da Estrela. The rooms are air-conditioned and include a cable TV, a minibar and a private bathroom with toiletries. Some of them feature a hot tub and a private balcony too! Have a delicious traditional meal at the restaurant and enjoy the amazing view over Serra da Estrela. If you’re there for the snow, the hotel offers ski storage where you can rent everything you need to have a great time in one of the most popular destinations in Portugal.
Hotel Vanguarda Congress & Family
Address: Av. Monsenhor Mendes Do Carmo, 6300 - 586 Guarda, Portugal (see map)
Price: from 63 USD
If you’re on a holiday trip with your partner, this amazing apartment is for you. Located in a fully renovated traditional stone house, the apartment offers all the modern comforts and facilities you’re used to but in a very Portuguese environment. It is sunny and light, featuring a bedroom area with a double bed, a sofa and a dining table. There’s Wi-Fi available, as well as a cable TV, but this is the best place to enjoy a book instead of scrolling down Facebook. Listen to the birds and take a break from reality in this beautiful place.
Historical cosy apartment
Price: from 38 USD
Number of Guests: 2
This house is so romantic it will make you want to propose to your partner so you can enjoy places like this for the rest of your lives. The house is very traditional, as it is located in an 18th-century farm, with a typical Portuguese décor but with two double rooms decorated in a very charming way. There is one bathroom and a spacious living room; however, it doesn’t have a kitchen. To compensate, it has a fridge, a kettle and a microwave, but you’re on holidays so have some take away from the nearby restaurants instead! The house is located in Serra da Estrela natural park so you can expect great views and farm animals grazing among the olive and fruit trees outside.
Quinta do Seixo
Price: from 60 USD
Number of Guests: 4
Hotel Santos is located in a renovated historical building overlooking the city wall. It’s right in the city centre and it’s perfect for those who are staying for a short period of time and want to be close to the most important attractions of the city. You’ll also be able to try the typical dishes of the region in the nearby restaurants within walking distance from the hotel. Your stay will surely be a charming one: the rustic interior of the hotel combined with the comfort of the rooms will give you the warm feeling of being at home, making it ideal for a family trip.
Price: from 58 USD
Number of Guests: 2
This beautiful house is located in a stunning place facing the mountains and the valley of the River Mondego. It is an independent cottage within a small stone-walled farm surrounded by vineyards and olive trees. The house features two double bedrooms, one bathroom with a hydro massage cabin and living room with kitchen area, making it a great place for a small family stay. You will be close to nature and the owners of the place will let you interact with the farm animals if you wish. Sounds just perfect, doesn’t it?
Casa da Carriça
Price: from 118 USD
Number of Guests: 4
If you’re a young traveller going on a journey with your friends, this eco hostel may be exactly what you’re looking for. You can choose from different options: dorm rooms, dorm tents, private rooms, private tents and, if you’re on a budget and a true nature lover, you can choose to put up your own tent! The rooms are shared but with a private entrance and bathroom. There are lockers and towels available, and a delicious organic breakfast available. This hostel is unique, very international and will give you a relaxing atmosphere combined with adventure. If you’re exploring Portugal with your best friends, this hostel will surely be something you’ll remember when you’re older.
The Faia Collective Hostel
Price: from 23 USD
Number of Guests: 4
Although it is a bit far from the historic centre of Guarda, this hotel offers good value-for-money accommodation, with spacious rooms and free parking. Each room is air-conditioned and includes a private balcony, where you can relax and enjoy the view. The rooms also have satellite TV channels, a work desk and a minibar, as well as a private bathroom with toiletries. If you’re on a road trip and would like to stop by Spain on your way, you can reach the border in 20 minutes. This hotel will offer you a comfortable stay and give you the energy you need to enjoy your journey through Portugal.
Address: Outeiro de São Miguel, 6300-035 Guarda, Portugal (see map)
Price: from 54 USD
Guarda: hidden in plain sight
Portugal is more than its major cities and famous beaches. It has enchanting places hidden in plain sight that you can discover if you’re willing to give them the chance they deserve. Guarda is one of those places. It is a place for nature lovers and adventurers and it has some incredible places that will sit in a corner of your mind forever. If you’re staying there, no matter for how long or during which season, our suggestions on the best places to stay after a day of exploring will surely help you keep Guarda in your heart forever.
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