|The Palace is classic Manueline
in style and has antiques and fine paintings adorning the rooms.
It is situated in the middle of 250 acres of woodland originally planted
by Carmelite monks. Here you will find trees from the New World discovered
by the famous Portuguese sailors.
The Battle of Bucaco was
fought on the ridge just above the forest in 1810, and it marked the first
serious defeat suffered by Napoleon in his campaigns in the Iberian Peninsula.
The forest paths are a delight and lead you to exotic plants, waterfalls, lakes and gardens.
Benedictine monks established
a hermitage in the midst of Bucaco Forest in the sixth century and over
the years many small chapels and grottoes have been built.
The Palace itself was completed in 1907, only three years before the declaration of the Republic and the end of the monarchy.
At Bucaco you can see the remains of the original 'Mosteiro dos Carmelitas'. On show are famous prints by Afonso Mucha and also a famous sequence of azulejos (painted tiles)depicting the Portuguese conquest of Ceuta and also the Battle of Bucaco.
The hotel boasts a superb
restaurant and a wine cellar of great renown. The incredible Bucaco Wines,
' mis en bouteille au chateau', are also a legendary specialty not available
The Bucaco Palace Hotel has
60 bedrooms, some with balcony, and 6 suites all luxuriously furnished.
The rooms have a private bathroom, satellite television, radio, international
direct dial telephone, mini bar and hair dryer.
The Lobby bar is the perfect setting for enjoying the old rare wines and the exquisite liquors in distinguished ambiance.
Facilties at the Hotel include helicopter and limousine service, games room, television / video room and car park.
It is a magical, peaceful atmosphere to which you are sure to fall in love. It is ideal for long walks among beautiful gardens and the splendid forest of exotic plants, rare birds, spas, sacred pathways and chapels.
Because of its central location
within the country, the Bucaco Palace Hotel can be used as a base for exploring
Coimbra, Fatima, Viseu, the Douro Valley and the Atlantic coast.
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