In Portugal, historic windmills have been turned into lodgings where visitors can stay. They include wind-powered mills on hillsides and water mills at the side of brooks. Visitors can even eat at a mill, the Farinha de Milho restaurant, located in Ançã a few minutes away from Coimbra, or the Moinho do Cú Torto Restaurant in Évora (Bairro de Nª Srª do Carmo, Rua Santo André nº2-A) .
Dotting the hillsides, particularly in coastal regions, are windmills that have been used in the country since the 11th century. Most have a cylindrical shape with a conical roof, are painted white, and have canvas sails. New investment program have allowed many water, oil, and wind mills to be transformed into unique escapes in the interior and coastal areas of Portugal.
These are the ones that have sites in English – so easy to book!
Moinhos do Poço Verde - Porto & North Region
Two old water mills have been restored in the parish of Castro Laboreiro, birthplace of the “Castro Laboreiro” guard dogs. Castro Laboreiro is a typical village in the Peneda Gerês National Park , used as a location for the film, “Viagem ao Principio do Mundo”, with Marcelo Mastroianni and famous for its cured ham and roast kid. Each apartment is constituted by a bedroom with a double-bed, bathroom, kitchenette and communal lounge (sofa-bed). Fireplace and oil-fired heaters, satellite television, bath/bed linen. Outside area with barbecue and access to the “Poço Verde” (natural swimming pool).
Casa Moinho da Porta - Porto & North Region
Casa Moinho da Porta, situated alongside a tributary of the Rio Ave, is a former corn and sawmill. Partly concealed by a grove of alder and eucalyptus but still very sunny, the gurgling of water in the background, and no sign of other houses in the vicinity - this is a unique cottage in a unique spot. The old mill is carefully restored and furnished, with the use of original materials like authentic Portuguese roof tiles and 18th century iron lattice from a nearby monastery. The water courses along and under the mill has been preserved. The result is a beautiful combination of ancient and modern, without compromising luxury and comfort. Not surprisingly the cottage has been featured in some well-known Portuguese interior design magazines. The nearby village is Taíde, the nearest town is Póvoa de Lanhoso (7 kms, all facilities), with a lively center and a large weekly market. Worth visiting are the 11th century castle, a recently restored castro (prehistoric settlement), and the Museu do Ouro (gold filigree). The city of Braga is 25 kms away.
Moinhos Tia Antoninha - Porto & North Region
Situated in the tourist region South of the Douro River, a truly rural area, of magnificent landscapes, where life is felt to pass entangled in the bucolic surroundings, it has now been enriched by the “Moinhos da Tia Antoninha”. The area is a reconstruction that highlights the magnificent surrounding landscapes, of minimalist intervention, perfectly framed into the particular character of the place. "Os Moinhos da Tia Antoninha" (Aunt Antoninha’s mills), in the past "Os Moinhos do António da Lina" (The mills of "António da Lina") her tenant farmer, judging from the inscription found on a stone at the site, date all the way back to the year 1184. The three watermills function as an articulated whole, facing from Southeast to Northeast, on a riverside land by the Ribeira de Valongo, 1 km from the village of Leomil, in the parish (of the council) of Moimenta da Beira, 30 km south of Lamego in the Viseu District. Using the water from the small river (ribeira) to create a water-course, which runs through an extension of about 180m, being interrupted only when it runs into a mill or when it opens up creating ponds (reservoirs for the driest months). The buildings that make up the set are part of the traditional vernacular constructions of the Beira Alta region (watermills). One can still perceive the building system, namely, the leading wall in granite stone, the type of covering in ceramic tile, the traditional system used to grind the cereals, the pattern and type of implantation of the different mills and surrounding elements (kitchen-garden, causeway walls, water-courses and baking ovens).
Moinho do Caniço - Porto & North of Portugal
Located in the Northeast of Portugal, this old water mill is right on the bank of the river Baceiro, in a peaceful rural setting of greenery. Moinho do Caniço is a unit of Country Tourism integrated in the area of the Montesinho Natural Park, internationally recognized as a true ecological treasure. The unit is a result of the reconstruction of an old water mill and its annexes, preserving the authenticity of the traditional constructions. Moinho do Caniço is rented in the totality. The apartment and includes:
- Two bedrooms (one with double bed and another one with two single beds) + two extra beds
- Electric heaters in the bedrooms
- Two bathrooms
- Kitchen and dining room with fireplace
- Living room with Satellite TV
- Water-mill and wine-cellar
- Garden, sluice and barbecue
Almoçageme Windmill, Lisbon
Unusual aspect of this welcoming this "round-house" offers all the facilities to 2-4 guests. Overlooking the mountains and sea, a few minutes from the beaches and local markets. Outer space with small garden area.
Moinho da Senta - Lisbon Region
On the ruins of a 18th century windmill, was created a cozy house that allows it inhabitants to live as others did in the days of the past. The main structure has a sitting room with fireplace, two bedrooms and a bathroom. Some meters away, built on a rock, there is a kitchen and dining room, from where it is possible to enjoy the landscape rising above a valley at the foot of the hill. It is located inside the Natural Park of Serras D'Aire e Candeeiros, close to Lisbon.
Quinta dos Moinhos de S. Filipe - Lisbon Region
Quinta dos Moinhos de S. Filipe is located in Setúbal on the slope of Serra da Arrábida, only 27.5 miles away from Lisbon. Its background is the mouth of River Sado, it’s meeting with the Atlantic Ocean and all the life which thrives in both areas. During the day, this scenery is speckled here and there by all sorts of boats, from large ships being towed in and out of the harbor to little sail or fishing boats. Occasionally, one might catch a glimpse of dolphins. By night, a blanket of little twinkling city lights, spreading from the castle over Setúbal and across the river to Tróia Peninsula, makes us feel like we're living in a Sherazade's "One thousand and one nights" tale. The property has two fully-equipped windmills, hosting up to four people each.
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Ha Mar Ao Luarha - Lisbon Region
Ha Mar Ao Luarha is a refuge in the Arrabida hills that has a stunning view overlooking Setúbal Bay near some of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal. It is close to the Sado Estuary Natural Park and only 50km away from Lisbon. Its exceptional location, the charm of the accommodation and the warm welcome make “Há Mar ao Luar” worthy to stay with an unforgettable meeting with Nature. The Old mill is a very romantic unit and an experience not to be missed. The restored structure along with an elegant and modern decoration give the mill an exquisite atmosphere. Equipped with full comfort. Level 0 - living / equipped kitchenette / TV sat / radio and CD player. Level 1 - 1 double room / complete bathroom with shower / closet / hair-dryer. Maximum capacity of two people.
Romantic Rural Windmill, centro
Lovely windmill turned into a cozy country house.
Fully equipped with a large garden, barbecue, a bungalow and swimming pool.
The surrounding area offers a breathtaking view over the whole region of Caldas da Rainha and S. Martinho do Porto beach.
Moinho do Alamo - Alentejo Region
Moinho do Alamo is located on the Rio Almansor Valley near Montemor-O-Novo and surrounded by peaceful rural Alentejo scenery. It is a unique property, ideally suited for events and private parties or, simply, a restful stay. The original watermill ruin dates back to the 19th Century and has been reconstructed to suit modern standards, offering excellent Bed & Breakfast facilities - there are four bedrooms each with private bathroom, central heating, music and satellite TV, as well as a spacious shared terrace with direct access to the swimming pool. Delicious "Alentejo" gastronomy is served in the spectacular stone dining room and the sitting room with open log fire, is particularly welcoming on long winter evenings. Many outdoor amenities available to guests range from horse back riding, river boating, bicycle rides, a large swimming pool or reading peacefully in a hammock, to a very romantic island folly (in the middle of the river) and charmingly set up outdoor lunches. It is also possible to visit the nearby towns of Montemor-O-Novo and Évora (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and their historic monuments. Events and private parties can be catered for in a spacious marquee set up on the vast lawn garden.
Casa do Moinho - Algarve Region
Since 1900, Casa da Moinho has sat on top of a hill sprinkled with thyme and surrounded by carobs of yore stands. The mill (moinho) that gave its name to this place and, more recently, to the house that shares the same space and prolongs life beyond time itself. Between land and sea, and always under blue sky, porches, memories, vaults and a hatch that is always open to the newcomer. Besides the main house, the windmill includes: Small sitting area with sink & fridge, shower room, spiral stairs to the sleeping area with double bed.
Moinho da Bibi - Azores Region
Located in the São Miguel Island, 17km from the capital city of Ponta Delgada, you may visit several monuments or take in some shopping. Located 4km from one of the most seen sites “Lagoa das Sete Cidades” and 10 km from the town of Mosteiros where it is possible to swim in a natural swimming-pool or beach. “O Moinho da Bibi” was originally built in the 19th century and was used as a windmill until the first half of the last century. In 1999, the present owners decided to buy the ruins and rebuild it, keeping the original architecture, and turn it into a country house, which was classified as state patrimony in that same year. The restoration was completed in 2001. This windmill comprises of one double and one single bedroom plus extra bed a fully equipped kitchen with all the appliances that you will need for your cooking or laundry, a complete bathroom, two living rooms with TV, DVD, video, and wi-fi. Lawn and flower beds all around with a barbeque and parking area. There is also a second traditional kitchen separate from the windmill with a wood oven.