Luxury Spa Hotel in the North of Portugal
From €170 per night

A majestic palace surrounded by the natural beauty of green parklands.

Our grandparents had a big love for Vidago Palace and we spent many summers here during the 1980’s. It’s a special place for us and we are very happy and proud to be featuring it on JO&SO.

Designed last century, during the reign of King Carlos I, the Vidago Palace Hotel opened for the first time in 1910. The hotel closed in 2006 and reopened in 2010, a hundred years after its original inauguration, with a mission to offer guests an authentic journey back in time.

At Vidago Palace you will experience the charm and romanticism of the Belle Époque. There are 70 Rooms & Suites, a 18-hole golf course and a modern Thermal Spa, where the mineral water of Vidago, known for its curative properties, is used in treatments.


Rumours say its iconic staircase inspired the architect of the Titanic.

A strikingly modern spa, designed by Pritzker-Prize winning architect Álvaro Siza Vieira.

Complimentary Vidago Water, naturally sparkling and packed with minerals.

A challenging 18-hole golf course.

The excellent breakfast is served in the Winter Garden with its beautiful black and white plaid marble floor and mezzanine.

Bear in mind

At 70 rooms it’s the biggest hotel in our collection but it’s the feeling of grandeur that makes it so special.

Guests under the age of 16 are only allowed to use the spa and the indoor pool daily from 10am to 3pm.

There is very little within walking distance.

Vegetarians might struggle to find decent options at the local restaurants.

The super friendly Angelo Botelho (Chief Concierge), has worked at Vidago Palace for over 20 years. He knows everything about the hotel's history and the region's activities.

Our grandparents had a big love for Vidago Palace and we spent many summers here during the 1980's.

Our mum with Joana and our sister Patrícia. Sofia wearing her favourite jumper.
Sofia and Joana (with our Mum) enjoying Vidago's previous swimming pool, which was re-designed after the renovations took place in 2006.
An old postcard.


Bicycle rides (with or without a guide)
Cooking class
Helicopter Rides
Historical Sites
Kids Club
Nature photography
Picnics in the park
Swimming Pool
Thermal Springs
Walking tours
Water Tasting at the springs
Wine Cellar / Tastings
Workshops on jams

Local Action

Vidago Palace is perfect for relaxing and enjoying its beautiful surroundings.

Visit the nearby (14km) Pedras Salgadas Park, with further accommodation (soon on our website), beautiful nature, thermal waters and another striking Spa also designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira.

For some hearty and delicious traditional food head to Quinta dos Carvalhos (800m) and Taska Quim Barbeiro (1.2km).

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 Vidago Palace can arrange you a bespoke itinerary to Alto Douro Wine Region – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The golf course was originally opened in 1936 as a nine-hole course designed by Philip Mackenzie Ross but when Cameron & Powell renovated it in 2010 they turned it into a challenging 18-hole, par-72 course. 
Go for a massage in the white, marble thermal spa and enjoy the two swimming pools, a vitality pool with water jets, a Turkish bath, hammam, sauna and gym.
The natural mineral water of Vidago, known for its curative properties, is used in treatments and health programmes developed under the guidance of a highly specialised medical team.
Savour top-quality wines in a charming wine cellar and enjoy the cosy living room, with board games to keep you entertained.
Visit the traditional thermal springs, where you can directly sample one of the richest alkaline waters in the world. Its properties are said to ease digestion, decongest the liver and help cleanse the kidneys, among other benefits. We love it.
The surrounding settings are absolutely gorgeous and easy to explore on foot or bicycle.

Vidago Palace Hotel
Parque de Vidago
5425-307 Vidago


The Vidago Palace Hotel is 1 hour and 10 minutes away from Porto Airport.

By Air

The closest airport is Porto Airport. From there you can hire a car – or the hotel can arrange a transfer for you.

Porto (OPO) – 135km
Lisbon (LIS) – 417km
Faro (FAO) – 659km

By Car

It’s a 90-minute drive from Porto to Vidago Palace. Hiring a car is recommended if you want to explore the region. Otherwise, the hotel can arrange a transfer from the airport.

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