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The hunting Lodge built for the last kings: Bussaco


The last king of Portugal left the country never to return before enjoying the then new hunting lodge and palace in Bussaco forest. This romantic palace, set in the Bussaco National Forest, is today a five star hotel with floor to ceiling tiles and an elegant restaurant offering a range of exclusive Bussaco wines.



Classic French cuisine and traditional Portuguese dishes are served at the Palace Hotel do Bussaco’s restaurant. It is decorated with paintings by João Vaz, Moresque ceilings and exotic-hardwood floors. Guests can try a glass of rare Port vintage at the bar.

Palace Hotel do Bussaco is an excellent example of Manueline-Gothic revival architecture. Its richly decorated corridors feature antique furnishings, large paintings and traditional Portuguese glazed tiles.

Located in the heart of the Serra do Bussaco, Palace Hotel do Bussaco is about 18 miles north of Coimbra.


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Elisa Laris

I stayed at the palace on a trip as a child and have never forgotten its beauty and the magic of the surrounding forest


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