Fernão Mendes Pinto

Concept Suite

Former residence of a noble family dating back to 1449, the hotel has sitting rooms like no other: More than 3,800 blue-and-white Portuguese tiles from the 1700’s cover the walls, complemented by dreamy fado music. I felt as if we had the entire palace to ourselves, as though we were breathing in living history of those walls.


The Suite

Our smallest but beautiful with a stunning river view, and perfect for the adult children. The bedroom with high ceilings has the bed draped in luminous yellow pure silk, a cozy antechamber and a light green marble bathroom. Area 29 sqm.

Beds: Double Bed or Two Singles
Bathroom: Bathtub with Handheld Shower
Occupancy: 2 Guests
Size: 29 sqm
View: City, Alfama Neighborhood, River

Price: 550,00€/night with complementary breakfast and VAT included (City tax – 2€/person/day not included)

Special holidays: Saint Valentines, Easter and Christmas holidays an extra cost of 100€ per suite will be applied

Fernão Mendes Pinto

Fernão Mendes Pinto (1509 – 8 July 1583) was a Portuguese explorer and writer.

Pinto was born in 1509, in Montemor-o-Velho, Portugal to a poor rural family, or perhaps to a family of minor nobility who had fallen on hard times. In 1521, hoping to improve the boy’s prospects, an uncle took him to Lisbon. There, Pinto was employed in the household service of a noblewoman. After nearly two years, Pinto left in search of more. He arrived at the docks, and was hired as a ship’s boy on a cargo vessel bound for Setúbal. This voyage would turn out to be cursed as the ship was captured by French pirates and the passengers were left on the shore at Alentejo.
Pinto made his way to Setúbal, where he entered the service of Francisco de Faria, a knight of Santiago. He remained there for four years and then joined the service of Jorge de Lencastre, a master of the Order of Santiago. Pinto held that position for a number of years. Although comfortable, it held no promise of advancement. Therefore, at twenty-eight, Pinto left to join the Portuguese India Armadas.
Pinto’s travels can be divided into three phases: firstly, from Portugal to India; secondly, through the region of the Red Sea, from the coast of Africa to the Persian Gulf; and thirdly, from east India to Sumatra, Siam, China, and Japan. Finally, Pinto returned to Europe.

Pinto’s exploits abroad can only be described as simply incredible.Despite some embellishments, his verified adventures are legendary and a major point of pride for the Portuguese.

He escaped capture, endured battles at sea, raided tombs, survived shipwrecks, established trade relations in Asia and much more.
On 22 September 1558, Pinto returned to Portugal. Fame preceded him in Western Europe due to one of his letters being published by the Society of Jesus in 1555. Pinto spent the years 1562 – 1566 in court looking for reward or compensation for his years of service to the Crown. He married Maria Correia Barreto with whom he had at least two daughters. In 1562, he purchased a farm in Pragal. Pinto died on 8 July 1583 at his farm.

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