Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park is a beautiful blend of modernity – striking, geometric Eco Houses and Treehouses nestled amongst the surrounding parkland, in north Portugal.
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.
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.
Heated Indoor Pool
This is a spa town so our suggestion is to relax, appreciate the nature and spend some time at the beautiful spa.
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.
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
We don’t own a car which means we hire a car for our JO&SO trips. We tend to use Europcar, as we like their cars, transparent fees and the service we receive. We always go for full insurance. It is more expensive, but we once had a flat tire and we were very happy to be fully covered.