At Matriz Guest House you will find comfort and elegance. Portel offers you tradition, history, tranquility, a relaxing and pleasant environment, in close proximity to the natural and cultural beauty of the surrounding landscape.
The old bukding was completely rehabilitated and provides excellent conditions of comfort to welcome you. It has an independent floor available to its guests, with large air-conditioned rooms, tea room, a modern fully equipped kitchen and a panoramic outdoor lounge overlooking the castle, the parish church and the beautiful recreational and leisure green areas.
Matriz House has at your disposal specialized photography library, books of history and poetry; a music library of jazz, classical and tradicional music, and one video library with the great classics of world cinema.
We provide you with a set of activities, in which you can participate, centered on thematic and photographic routes throughout the region and the opportunity to discover the best Alentejo has to offer.
At Matriz Guest House you will find comfort and elegance. Portel offers tradition, history, in a relaxing and pleasant atmosphere, in conection with natural beauty of landscape and cutural heritage.
Come and discover Alentejo, its people and ancestral culture.
Matriz Guest House
SERVICES AND FACILITIES
Matriz Guest House is located in a residential area.
Facilities in the vicinity: a minimarket next door, supermarket, cafes, restaurants, hairdresser, pharmacy and post office within 50 meters; parking at 50 meters; public medical center 100 meters away, open daily, including weekends (except Sunday afternoons); public transport; various cultural and leisure facilities: public library, concert hall, municipal swimming pools, museums, adjacent church (Matriz Church) open to worship; a green leisure park with century-old olive trees at the back of the house.
Public transport: Bus station 100 meters away; daily careers to Évora and a daily express career to several cities; táxi access upon request by telephone.
Fluvial beach and Amieira boat marina in Big Lake of Alqueva within 16 Km; Boat trips from the marina.
Closest cities: Évora (40 Km North) and Beja (40 KmSouth).
Cyclically, activities are organized at Matriz Guest House, which guests can join if they wish. Activities include photographic routes and tours throughout Alentejo and in the area surrounding Big Lake Alqueva, passing through a diverse set of historic sites and emblematic villages and towns such as Mértola, Marvão, Portalegre, Monsaraz, Évora, Beja, Castelo de Vide, Estremoz, Elvas, Serpa, Crato, Aviz, Moura, Mourão, Cuba, Sines, Santiago do Cacém, among other places.
PORTEL is a medieval village located in the heart of Alentejo, in the midle of Portel Hill, between the historic cities of Beja and Évora, this one classified by UNESCO as World Patrimony. In the vicinity is the Big Lake Alqueva – the largest artificial lake in Europe, with its stunning landscapes and where you can enjoy very diverse set of recreational and leisure activities. The village is surrounded by a characteristic and well preserved mediterranean landscape, where the oak and cork oak forests prevail (the cork oak is the national tree of Portugal), as well as a great diversity of aromatic floristic species that are at the origin of the exceptional rosemary honey, one of the best in our country. Highlight for the magnificent olive grove of São Pedro, with its centenary olive trees, which produce an exceptional olive oil and provide a visual delight to the walker.
The village has an important architectural and historical heritage, highlighting its imposing XIII century castle, with close connection to the personality of D. Nuno Ávares Pereira, a historical and legendary figure in Portugal, sanctified by the Vatican, to whom the castle was donated by King D. João I, nowadays belonging to Casa de Bragança, seat of the last dynasty of kings that ruled Portugal.
Portel is also an excellent starting point to discover Alentejo, its people, places, traditions, exceptional regional products, the cuisine full of flavors and aromas caracteristic of Mediterranean Diet, and Alentejo Sing, both classified by UNESCO as Intangible Heritage of Humanity.