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Bussaco: Imagine a Portuguese royal palace you can sleep in

So many people head to see Pena National Palace in Sintra these days in Portugal not knowing that a few hours north is another royal palace where you can dine, and spend the night. Buçaco (AKA Bussaco) offers rich history and diverse landscapes, harbors a hidden gem in the Bussaco National Forest. Set in the heart of this lush green haven is the Bussaco Palace Hotel, a magnificent testament to architectural brilliance and Portugal's past. Let's embark on a virtual journey to discover the mesmerizing charm of Bussaco National Forest and the grandeur of the Palace Hotel.

Bussaco National Forest: Nature's Wonderland


A Symphony of Biodiversity

Bussaco National Forest, located in Centro de Portugal near the spa town of Luso and not far from Coimbra. As you step into this ancient expanse of greenery, you are greeted by diverse flora and fauna. Towering ancient trees, some of which are more than 200 years old, create a captivating canopy that provides a sanctuary for numerous bird species and small mammals. The forest floor is adorned with a colorful tapestry of wildflowers, making it a joy for botanists and photographers to hike.

Trails of Tranquility

Winding pathways lace through the forest, inviting visitors on enchanting walks. These trails lead to hidden springs, cascading waterfalls, and panoramic viewpoints that offer breathtaking vistas of the surrounding countryside. The Monastery of the Holy Cross, dating from 1630, the diversity of chapels, hermitages and belvederes in the forest, and the walking paths through the Stations-of-The-Cross, as well as all the landscape architecture introduced in the middle of the 19th century by Queen Maria Pia of Savoy, fore last Queen of Portugal, and daughter of Victor Emmanuel II of Italy, with the creation of the Valley of the Ferns and the construction of the Cold Fountain, still exemplify the rarefied atmosphere of serenity and peace of this very special place. 

Historic Marvels:

Amidst the trees, you'll stumble upon the ancient Convent of Santa Cruz do Bussaco, a serene monastery that dates back to the 17th century. The convent's intricate architecture and peaceful ambiance provide a glimpse into Portugal's religious heritage.

Bussaco Palace Hotel: A Royal Retreat

In the heart of the Bussaco National Forest stands the Bussaco Palace Hotel, an architectural masterpiece that seamlessly blends with its natural surroundings. Built for the last King of Portugal in 1885, converted into a deluxe hotel in 1917, and is nowadays one of the most beautiful and historic hotels in the world. The palace showcases Manueline and Neo-Gothic styles, adorned with ornate carvings and exquisite stained glass windows. A stay here is like stepping into a fairy tale, where every corner exudes a sense of grandeur and opulence.

Luxurious Hospitality

The hotel offers unparalleled hospitality, combining modern comforts with timeless elegance. Guests are treated to spacious rooms with antique furnishings, luxurious amenities, and views that overlook the enchanting forest. The staff, known for their warmth and professionalism, ensure that every guest experience is memorable.

Culinary Delights

Dining at the Bussaco Palace Hotel is a gastronomic journey. The hotel's restaurants serve delectable Portuguese cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients. Guests can savor traditional dishes and fine wines while enjoying the panoramic views of the forest.

Bussaco National Forest and the Bussaco Palace Hotel are a testament to the harmonious coexistence of man and nature. Whether you're a nature lover, a history enthusiast, or simply seeking a tranquil retreat, this destination offers an unparalleled experience. The forest whispers tales of centuries past, and the palace stands as a beacon of architectural brilliance, inviting travelers to immerse themselves in Portugal's rich heritage and natural splendor. A visit to Bussaco is not just a journey; it's a magical odyssey into the heart of Portugal's soul.


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