The outdoor decks, windows and skylights frame the living picture of the surrounding ancient cedars and pines. Pitched roofs and slate outer tiles hint towards local construction.
Explore beyond the minimalist sustainable architecture and you will find quirkier Art Nouveau buildings dating from 1910 dotted around. Pedras Salgadas (“Salted Stones”) refers to the supply of the mineral-rich Pedras sparkling water, a draw for Portuguese royalty and locals alike. We can vouch for its restorative powers!
If you have ever had treehouse or cabin-in-the-wood fantasies, this is the place for you.
A beautiful Spa designed by Pritzker winner, Álvaro Siza.
Only 14 eco-houses and 2 tree-houses so it always feels peaceful.
Each eco-house has its own balcony and fully equipped kitchen.
Complimentary bikes with great trails to ride.
Bear in Mind
The outdoor swimming pool is only open from June to September.
At night it can be a bit dark to walk around. A lantern is handy.
The town is very quiet and there is very little within walking distance.
Vegetarians might struggle to find decent options at the local restaurants but the houses have everything you need to prepare your own meals or the hotel can deliver meals to you.
If you feel the need to let your inner tarzan out, hit the bikes, treetop adventure course and get muddy.
The hotel organises various tours including trips to the historical towns of Chaves (23km) and Guimarães (85km) or if you are willing to go even further Pedras Salgadas can arrange you a bespoke itinerary to Alto Douro Wine Region – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Watch the video above which we did with Condé Nast Traveller. In it we talk about Foz do Douro - the seaside neighbourhood in Porto where we grew up. check out the Full article on their website.
Located in the heart of the Pedras Salgadas Park, which belongs to the municipality of Vila Pouca de Aguiar, between Vila Real and Chaves and a 15-minute drive from the centre of Vidago.
The closest airport is Porto Airport. From there you can hire a car – or the hotel can arrange a transfer for you.
Porto (OPO) – 129km
Lisbon (LIS) – 402km
Faro (FAO) – 644km
© Photos by JO&SO and courtesy of Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park.
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