Pousada de Setúbal, São Filipe Fortress

As of today March 1, 2011, the Palmela Castle Pousada and the São Filipe Fortress Pousada in Setúbal are both fully booked with Palmela 2011 attendees, no more rooms available in these hotels during the Palmela 2011 conference week.
Starting today March 1, 2011, the IVRPA is making available to Palmela 2011 attendees, another hotel that is conveniently located in Palmela, 10 minutes away from the conference venue and with free bus transfer between the Palmela 2011 venues included for additional convenience.
The Palmela Village Golf Resort Studios are a new hotel unit in Palmela, recently built, with over 100 rooms available for Palmela 2011 attendees. Go ahead and register now.
Starting today, February 14, 2011, we have a new Pousada Hotel exclusivity for Palmela 2011 attendees, the Setúbal Pousada in the São Filipe Fortress

São Filipe’s Historic Pousada is in a fortress from the late XVII Century built by King Philip II of Spain (Philip I of Portugal). This historic luxury hotel has a breathtaking view of the River Sado estuary. Regarding the city of Setúbal, it is one of Portugal’s main ports, it also offers beautiful walks within the historic city center and surroundings, such as the Sado river beaches and the Arrábida mountain range.

Setúbal is Portugal’s third largest port and still holds fish auctions every morning at the harbor. The old town has a number of interesting monuments, the most important being the Igreja (church) de Jesus. This church is considered to be the first Manueline, or Portuguese late Gothic, building and boasts an impressive doorway. Its twisted granite pillars were hewn and transported from what is now the nearby Arrabida Natural Park.

Setubal offers a rare opportunity to take a boat trip on the Sado estuary to see the bottle-nosed dolphins. The Arrabida Natural Park is 20 kilometres from Setúbal, it has a spectacular granite ridge and is a haven for wildlife. The Pousada de Setubal has a beautiful Baroque Chapel lined with azulejos (tiles) showing the life of St. Filipe.

The accommodations comprise a total of 16 rooms: 1 suite with twin bedroom and sea view, 7 twin bedrooms with view and 8 double rooms. The rooms all have a private bathroom, air conditioning, telephone, cable television, mini-bar, safe, hair dryer and bathing gowns. The hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, terrace, snooker, family games and parking. The terrace affords excellent views over the port and the River Sado estuary.

The IVRPA managed to negotiate a special conference package that enables us to offer rooms in the Pousada de Setúbal, São Filipe Fortress from May 31 to June 5, 2011 at the following rates:

Exclusive Pousada de Setúbal, São Filipe Fortress IVRPA Rates when booking is made until February 28* :

  • Single Room – 65 Euro/night
  • Double Room – 75 Euro/night
  • Extra Bed – 35 Euro/night

* After February 28, prices increase 10 Euro/night. After April 30, prices increase by 20 Euro/night.

These prices are per room, per night and include Breakfast Buffet and Wi-Fi Internet Access during the stay. Prices are reserved to Palmela 2011 conference attendees and stand usable up to one week before May 31, 2011 and one week after June 5, 2011 depending on availability. A booking form will be available here on the Palmela 2011 website very soon. The booking procedure will, as usual, be guaranteed by Credit Card. No debit will be made in advance, payment will only be made in person to the Pousadas reception at check in.

The Palmela 2011 organization will provide free mini-bus transport between the Pousada de Setúbal, São Filipe Fortress and the São João Theater in Palmela, the main conference venue. This free bus service also includes the to and from the Palmela Castle Pousada for dinner on June 1, etc.


  1. Marcus Hamilton

    I applied today for the original hotel. Do I have to apply again to the second hotel?



    • Carlos Chegado

      Hi Marcus,

      No, you don’t need to register again.
      You are already registered and with a room booked in the Palmela Castle Pousada!
      The Palmela Castle Pousada reception desk should reply to you soon confirming your registration (Yesterday, they where a bit busy with Valentine’s day I guess).

      Everyone else, should just fill in the registration form normally and we will book your rooms at the Setúbal Pousada which is nearby Palmela and the Palmela 2011 organization will provide free mini-bus transfer to and from the Pousada and the São João Theater in Palmela, so, don’t worry.

      Carlos Chegado