Três Marias

Rural Hotel in Alentejo
From €100 per night

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Best Hotels in Portugal | Três Marias in Alentejo - ©JO&SO
Best Hotels in Portugal | Três Marias in Alentejo - ©JO&SO
Best Hotels in Portugal | Três Marias in Alentejo
Best Hotels in Portugal | Três Marias in Alentejo - ©JO&SO
Best Hotels in Portugal | Três Marias in Alentejo - ©JO&SO
Best Hotels in Portugal | Três Marias in Alentejo - ©JO&SO
Best Hotels in Portugal | Três Marias in Alentejo - ©JO&SO
Best Hotels in Portugal | Três Marias in Alentejo - ©JO&SO
Best Hotels in Portugal | Três Marias in Alentejo - ©JO&SO
Best Hotels in Portugal | Três Marias in Alentejo - ©JO&SO
Best Hotels in Portugal | Três Marias in Alentejo
Best Hotels in Portugal | Três Marias in Alentejo
Três Marias, Alentejo, Portugal.
Três Marias, Alentejo, Portugal.

A simple and beautiful rural hotel nestled among the serene countryside of the Alentejo Coast.

After driving through a stretch of dirt road you arrive at this little slice of heaven in the coast of Alentejo, the perfect base to explore the spectacular beaches of Southwest Alentejo and Vicentina Coast Natural Park. The owner, Balthasar, is a founder member of Rota Vicentina (a network of walking and cycling trails) and his passionate knowledge about the area is captivating.

Três Marias is a rural hotel offering fifteen whitewashed rooms all with minimal rustic decor, plenty of natural light, and an inviting porch for enjoying the peaceful surrounding nature.

The delicious breakfast includes fresh fruit, cooked meats, regional cheeses, eggs, and fresh pastries. Dinner, which is available on request, consists of a regional set menu (can be accommodated for dietary requirements) and wine. We really enjoyed our meal.

Awesomeness

The resident ostrich Daisy and three donkeys.

A wonderful base for walking, cycling, surfing, canoeing, and birdwatching.

The dreamy and serene surrounding Alentejo landscape.

The regional dinner and wine were lovely.

Hammocks!

Bear in mind

Unless you’re on a hiking/cycling trip, a car is recommended.

There wasn’t a swimming pool when we visited but they’re building one, which we think will be a welcome addition.

No TV or AC in the rooms, and wi-fi can be slow at times.

This is a rural countryside house, here luxury is the simple life.

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Best Hotels in Portugal | Três Marias in Alentejo - ©JO&SO
Best Hotels in Portugal | Três Marias in Alentejo - ©JO&SO
Best Hotels in Portugal | Três Marias in Alentejo - ©JO&SO
Best Hotels in Portugal | Três Marias in Alentejo - ©JO&SO
Best Hotels in Portugal | Três Marias in Alentejo - ©JO&SO
Best Hotels in Portugal | Três Marias in Alentejo - ©JO&SO
Best Hotels in Portugal | Três Marias in Alentejo - ©JO&SO
Best Hotels in Portugal | Três Marias in Alentejo - ©JO&SO
Best Hotels in Portugal | Três Marias in Alentejo - ©JO&SO
Best Hotels in Portugal | Três Marias in Alentejo - ©JO&SO
Best Hotels in Portugal | Três Marias in Alentejo - ©JO&SO
Best Hotels in Portugal | Três Marias in Alentejo - ©JO&SO
Best Hotels in Portugal | Três Marias in Alentejo - ©JO&SO
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Activities:

Beach
Biking
Birdwatching
Canoeing
Hiking/trekking
Horse riding
Massages
Surf
Swimming pool
Yoga

Local Action

Três Marias is located between the villages of Vila Nova Milfontes and Porto Covo, in the Alentejo Coast, a region very popular with hikers walking the Rota Vicentina (the hotel offers pick-up service).

Here it’s all about appreciating the nature, the fresh air, and the silence. This is a walkers’ and cyclists’ paradise, as it is for surfing, horse riding, canoeing, and birdwatching. And if you just want to relax in a hammock and read a book whilst enjoying the sound of the birds, this place is certainly very good for that too.

After a busy day exploring, lie down in a hammock and gaze at the stars.

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Best Hotels in Portugal | Três Marias in Alentejo - ©JO&SO
Say hello to Daisy, the 13-year-old resident ostrich...
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... and to the donkeys.
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Best Hotels in Portugal | Três Marias in Alentejo - ©JO&SO
Enjoy the hammock life...
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Best Hotels in Portugal | Três Marias in Alentejo - ©JO&SO
Go for a bike ride or just chill.
Rota Vicentina - Fishermen's Trail in Portugal - ©JO&SO
Praia do Malhão in Alentejo Portugal - ©JO&SO
The fabulous Rota Vicentina offers several walking routes to explore by foot, horse or bicycle.
Rota Vicentina - Fishermen's Trail in Portugal - ©JO&SO
We hiked a section of the Fishermen’s Trail and were mesmerized by the landscape. Três Marias can help you with pick-up service.
Praia do Malhão in Alentejo Portugal - ©JO&SO
Alentejo Beach- ©JO&SO
Visit Malhão beach (7km) and appreciate its endless long sandy beach.
Visit the nearby villages of Vila Nova de Mil Fontes (12km) and Porto Covo (9km)
Porto das Barcas Restaurant in Vila Nova de Milfontes - ©JO&SO
Porto das Barcas Restaurant in Vila Nova de Milfontes - ©JO&SO
We had a lovely meal at “Porto das Barcas” restaurant (14km).
A Choupana Restaurant in Vila Nova de Milfontes - ©JO&SO
A Choupana Restaurant in Vila Nova de Milfontes - ©JO&SO
For fresh seafood with a beautiful sea view, head to "A Choupana" restaurant (12km).

We interviewed Balthasar, the friendly owner of Três Marias.

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Balthasar at Três Marias
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Daisy, the resident ostrich

An ostrich egg incubation business turned into a rural hotel.

 

Back in 2007

“I decided to build two bedrooms for guests, family and friends (…) currently we have 15 rooms.”

You were born in Switzerland. How did you end up moving to Portugal?

I’m Swiss, but my mother is Portuguese. I’ve always known this region, and in 1997 I decided to leave my job in Switzerland to move here and start something new.

How did the idea of opening a hotel come about?

Well, it all began during the outbreak of mad cow disease (BSE). People were looking for alternative meats and ostrich was a very popular choice. So I decided to start a place for the incubation of ostrich eggs, so that whoever had ostrich eggs could bring them here. The business was a success for a while but eventually mad cow disease subsided and bird flu arrived, which meant people weren’t interested in ostriches any longer.

Therefore I had to find a new business strategy. We already had a restaurant here “Três Marias”, and because I’d built my house to be closer to the business, I decided to build two bedrooms for guests, family and friends. During the summer, customers from the restaurant would often ask to rent the rooms. The idea to turn the ostrich egg incubation business into a rural hotel came from that. This was back in 2007, and currently we have 15 rooms.

"I love living here. I love being here all year round, so much so that I find it really hard to leave."

– Balthasar, owner at Três Marias
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Southwest Alentejo and Vicentina Coast Natural Park

As one of the founding members of Rota Vicentina, Balthasar’s passionate knowledge about the area is captivating.

Praia do Amado in Portugal - ©JO&SO

Surfers paradise

The spectacular beaches of Costa Vicentina are considered a Mecca for surfers.

Alentejo - ©JO&SO

How old is Daisy, the resident ostrich?

Daisy was born in 2006, she’s 13 years old.

You are one of the founding members of Rota Vicentina. Can you tell us a bit about it?

Rota Vicentina is a network of walking trails compromising of a main route – called the Historic Way – the Fisherman’s Trail, and several Circular Routes, some which are going to be launched in a few weeks. One of these routes also includes a 1,000km cycling route so that Rota Vicentina becomes more diverse by offering both walking and cycling options.

The project Rota Vicentina started as a tiny thing, and today it embraces the whole region with nature and outdoors tourism, which is good because it means that the people who come here are seeking exactly that.

Rota Vicentina’s website is an excellent resource for anyone interested in finding out more.

When we stayed there, most of the guests staying at Três Marias were walking the Rota Vicentina. However, it’s also an excellent base for surfers. Which other activities would you say people like to do in the area?

Walking and surfing play a massive part in the region, the other top activities are cycling, horse riding, canoeing and birdwatching. There’s also a whole range of workshops promoted by people that use our place, from yoga retreats to art therapy workshops.

"Each home has its own soul, and its soul reflects the taste of the owner."

– Balthasar, owner at Três Marias
Três Marias, Alentejo, Portugal.
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We love the general look & feel at Três Marias, how do you come up with the ideas?

Each home has its own soul, and its soul reflects the taste of the owner.

I come from a family of architects. I’m not an architect myself but I’ve seen a lot in my life, and maybe I have a different sensibility because of that. My brother is an architect, and he has helped me a lot, mostly they are my ideas but with a lot of help from my brother.

It’s easy when we are architects for ourselves. When an architect works for others, they have a lot of restrictions – the client’s wishes, the budget, and all the building permissions related to the location.

I love living here. I love being here all year round, so much so that I find it really hard to leave. My favourite time of year is spring as it’s the time when I can enjoy Três Marias most, before the high season kicks in.

I take a lot of pleasure in doing things up, I find the building work extremely creative. It’s as if we can make our own sand castles. I’m always fantasising about what to do next.

What inspires you?

I can’t tell what inspires me, it’s a combination of things. One thing I know is that if I could go back to the beginning, there’s a lot of stuff I would have done differently, but I think it’s always like that.

What’s your favourite object at Três Marias?

Perhaps Daisy, my ostrich (laughs). The ostrich for me is very special, after all, all of this happened because of the ostriches.

"The ostrich for me is very special, after all, all of this happened because of the ostriches."

– Balthasar, owner at Três Marias

Describe your perfect day.

With good company, my partner and kids. That’s my perfect day. Yesterday it was raining, and we played board games (Naval Battle and Trivial Pursuit). It was great.

I also like to do DIY and gardening, I want to picture how everything will turn out. The garden is something that takes time, a house you can build in six months, but a garden takes at least six years to grow as you want it to be. We are always wondering how it’s going to turn out when it finally starts growing.

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Três Marias
7645-909
Vila Nova de Milfontes
Portugal

Airport

Faro (FAO) – 162km
Lisbon (LIS) – 178km
Porto (OPO) – 468km

By Car

Unless you are on a walking/cycling trip, hiring a car is highly recommended to get to the hotel and explore the region and the beautiful beaches nearby. Otherwise, you can take a taxi or the hotel can arrange a transfer from the airport.

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