A fantastic place to stay, worthy of all the praise it has been getting. Casa da Farmácia is located in the small town of Armamar, a ten-minute drive from the south bank of the Douro, in the middle of breathtakingly scenic wine country. The town itself, though old and dramatically situated, is not as well preserved as some of the others in the region. But this also means that it is a bit off the radar and very quiet and peaceful. Casa da Farmácia is located right in the town--so if you prefer one of the historic Quintas with a pool on a giant tract of land this may not be the place for you. That said, it is less expensive than most Quintas, and gives up nothing in terms of charm, comfort, cleanliness, and food. Ah, the food. José (who owns and runs the inn with his wife Marlene) is a very knowledgable, creative cook, and for 20 Euros per person he will serve you a top-notch four-course dinner worth at least twice the price (I mean this literally: my wife and I ate dinner at the Michelin-starred DOC just down the road during our stay, and José's cooking was just as unique and sophisticated). What is more, he and Marlene are two of the most unpretentious, gracious and helpful hosts you will ever meet. They go out of their way to give you the best experience possible, from detailed day-trip itineraries to tasty snacks for the road (the latter for a very small price). José is also flexible with the menu he offers, and can accommodate dietary preferences.
Jason from Austin, Texas
Situated in the historical district, this guesthouse is close to Chapel of St. Dominic. Area attractions also include Quinta …More
The cottages, the restaurant, the amenities, and the service are all fantastic and at a very reasonable price. This must be Portugal’s best kept secrete. Only negative is that it’s very hard to find. Best to have a good GPS to avoid circling needlessly.
Helene from Montreal, CA
Situated on the riverwalk, this aparthotel is close to Monastery of Santa Maria de Silgueiros and Shrine of Our Lady of Viso …More
I did my research carefully and was certainly not disappointed with my choice of hotel in the Douro. The view from the terrace is so beautiful that you would be quite happy to sit here all day. The swimming pool was an additional attraction with comfortable sun beds
All of the staff were charming and kind
We are already planning a return visit. Excellent value for money!
Female from Hertfordshire UK
Situated on the riverwalk, this hotel is close to Douro Museum, Alameda dos Capitaes Park, and Dourocaves Winery. Local …More
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