Casa da Levada

Amarante, Minho
Bed & Breakfast
+351 934244644

€75 - €90
per night

A true gem - sleep in a small hillside castle, share delicious communal meals, walk or cycle to the beautiful waterfalls nearby


5 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Babies welcome

€75 - €90 per night

The Experience

The crenellated tower is visible as you wind along the cobbled track into this ancient hilltop village, perched high with mountain views. Levada is really a small castle in a settlement built of moss-covered granite blocks.

Luis and Maria, she a retired English teacher, are caring hosts with a lively sense of humour. Breakfast around the big table on eggs, cured meats and cheeses – if you’re hungry later you can request a traditional slow-cooked roast in the bread oven. The food’s delicious and wine and conversation guaranteed to flow.

Bedrooms have wooden ceilings, beams and sisal floors; the Tower Room has a balcony; the bathroom of the Poet’s Room is reached via a trapdoor in the floor! The sitting room is more than comfortable and made for slouching. Find a trampoline, a small pool and a river beach here, and beautiful waterfalls nearby. Up the hill, past the water mills, is a hilltop with great boulders and dolmens.

Casa da Levada - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • To be woken up by sunshine streaming through the window of your ancient tower
  • The feeling of being back in time here
  • Daydreaming out the window at those wonderful views
Casa da Levada - Gallery

You should know

  • Your nearest restaurant is a ten-minute drive - but meals can also be arranged here too
  • You'll need a car to make the most of exploring or Maria and Luis can book taxis for you


  • Swimming pool
  • EV charger
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming



Nightly price
from €75
Singles €60-€72.
4 Twins
From €75
1 Double
From €75


Booking information

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Pets by arrangement.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Dinner, 3 courses with wine, €25. Restaurants 2-15km.


Enjoyed a fabulous 5 night stay at Casa Levada with another couple. Maria and Luis's hospitality and delicious meals were matched by the rustic village location and atmospheric stone buildings. Perched high on the mountainside with expansive views, Casa Levada was the perfect getaway from the hectic big cities of Lisbon and Porto.

Dario, Plainfield MA

Luis and Maria were wonderfully welcoming and we enjoyed our stay and delicious evening meal with them in their historic home; a truly authentic and traditional Portuguese experience! We loved meeting Fife the beautiful labrador too!

Florence, Bristol

The ancient granite walls, the vaulted wooden ceilings and the antique furnitures and paintings dominate the interior of Casa da Levada. You will feel that you have magically travelled back in time. The wonderful outdoor area, "espigueiros" and garden will enchant you with their views surrounded by the mountains at the heart of the beautiful and picturesque hamlet of Travanca do Monte.

Iker, Sawday's inspector

I hope to visit again soon! The home is warm and elegant, with stunning views and beautiful scenery. The village of Travanca is completely charming, and Maria and Luis are generous and intelligent people: the perfect hosts.

Katharine, NEW YORK

This recent visit is my 9 th to Casa da Levada. I have been bringing artists to photograph and paint for many years as Plein Air Portugal participants love the home, the village, location, food and especially the Hosts, Maria and Luis Mota. This posada is an artists perfect place from which to create.

Dale, New York

Casa da Levada holds charm, history, hospitality and panoramic views in a warm embrace. Maria and Luis are people people; friendly, knowledgeable and discrete. Their home becomes your center of gravity while visiting Northern Portugal. As an artist who stays annually at the 'Casa' this is my favorite and special place to paint or photograph. Go and be charmed.


Welcoming, comfortable, every detail covered, lovely food, warm and memorable hospitality. Luis gave us wonderful background to the area and the traditions. A lovely area and well worth exploring.


Much to be enthusiastic about and why I have come back 4 times: the Hosts, the home, the hamlet, the charm of the rugged vast scenery, the warmth of Maria and Luis, the hard working and friendly citizens of Travanca...all add to making this place a favorite place to paint and photograph landscape.


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The neighbourhood

The village of Travanca do Monte is picture-postcard rural Portugal. Unique with its ‘espigueiros’ - stone granaries typical of the region and a fantastic insight into an ancient way of life. Wander and stock up on supplies at its one shop. More variety can be found in a 25-minute drive in Amarante. Head to road N101 when hunger calls - there are lots of restaurants serving traditional fare.

Local points of interest from Luis & Maria Vasconcelos do Lago Mota

  • Casa Levada is prone to artists. Lately it has been housing Plein Air Painting and Photograph Workshops in the Summer
  • Casa da Levada is the family for more than 300 years
  • In the village there is one only shop where you can find everything from farming tools to food items
  • You're a 20-minute walk from the ancient roman monument , a very complete Dolmen. Explore the mountain and appretiate the womderful view around you.
  • Amarante is 15km away and there you can taste delicious and varied local food and all sort of wonderful wines.


Luis & Maria Vasconcelos do Lago Mota

Maria and Luis welcome you with open arms and big old smiles - they’ve been looking after folk here for decades and you can tell they love it. Luis’s family has been here for 300 years - he’s more than happy to tell you about the renovations on the property and which of his ancestors completed them! They’ll greet you on arrival and talk you through hikes and adventures to be had in the area.