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Palacete Alijó Pousada

Joseph James Forrester was an English businessman who made his name in the 19th-century Douro wine trade and was also well-known for drawing maps of the region, painting watercolours and undertaking scientific studies on vine diseases. In 1855, he drowned in his beloved river, but not before receiving the title of baron. One hundred years later, “Baron Forrester” was the name that benefactor José Rufino bestowed upon the pousada he decided to build in Alijó, which, until the mid-1970s, was run by his wife, a well-connected French lady who brought the first foreign tourists to the Douro’s slopes.

Ever since then, there’s been a steady flow of visitors, either to see the grape harvest or discover the region’s wonders on foot, which is why locals often call them “os caminhantes” (the walkers). They are mainly English, American or Australian, love contact with nature and are big fans of the Palacete Alijó Pousada. Featuring 21 rooms (seven of which have different-sized balconies), a restaurant, swimming pool and tennis court, the current pousada added a second floor in the 1990s, while strictly maintaining the original building’s beautiful design.

Located in Alijó town centre, the pousada’s super-friendly service is undoubtedly one of its greatest strengths. Being in the heart of the Douro, another strong point is the bar and wine wall, where guests can enjoy discovering the region’s finest bottles.

Palace Alijó Palacete

A Pousada de Portugal in the North of Portugal with a connection to the grape harvest of the Douro.

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