The Lonfroiva Rural hotel
Set in the hills of northeastern Portugal, amid ancient walled towns and presiding over a wild landscape and wine country, this modern resort hotel designed by luís rebelo de andrade architects includes the rethinking of a historic thermal spa of excellence
The Longroiva’s Hotel & Thermal Spa is located in the county of Mêda, northeast Portugal, next to Longroiva’s Thermal Spa. Longroiva’s Thermal Baths go back to the Roman occupation and, since then, are recognised by their symbolic and therapeutic value. The old building of the Thermal Spa, which dates back to the late 19th century, was rehabilitated to house 17 rooms on the upper floors, and social areas on the ground floor.
“The baths go back to the Roman occupation and, since then, are recognised by their symbolic and therapeutic value.”
This building is connected to the new volumes through a walking path, which connects the upper floor of the old building to the new modules of rooms. Each of the 5 room modules is implanted according to the slope, providing gathering areas in between them, which are filled with light and face the landscape from different perspectives.
These volumes flow into the swimming pool area, which bridges the new hotel unit and the existing thermal spa.
Above the level of the rooms, there are service areas and 10 bungalows, divided into 2 groups, separated by a stone mass. This hotel unit articulates modernity and tradition, natural and built environment. This strong visual relationship with the landscape is also present in the careful choice of materials and colours, invoking the vegetation of the area and the local building materials.
The medicinal waters of the Longroiva Thermal Spa have always proved arthritis, respiratory and skin issues. Through tradition and innovation, today the hotel combines health, prevention and maintenance to help guests sooth and enrich their well being.
“This strong visual relationship with the landscape is also present in the careful choice of materials and colours, invoking the vegetation of the area and the local building materials.
Meanwhile, close by Quinta Vale d’Aldeia – located in the Meda region in the heart of the Upper Douro – is a project created by a family’s vision and love, with the simple goal of producing outstanding table wines.Its estate is notable for its rich and complex microclimate, meaning that the generous soil mixes with selected grape varieties to generate a great yield and quality.
Quinta Vale d’Aldeia is well known for its selection of wines, ranging from light and aromatic to those selected for more refined taste.