Forte de Sao Francisco Hotel        

 Forte de Sao Francisco 5400- 435 Chaves − Portugal

The Fort of Our Lady of the Rosary, better known as Forte de São Francisco, is located in Chaves, in the parish of Santa Maria Maior, in Chaves County, District of Vila Real, in Portugal. Along with the Forte de São Neutel, this Fort, dominant on the hill of Pedisqueira, adjacent to the Tâmega River and the ancient Roman Bridge, intended to defend the city, on the Galician border, during the period of the Restoration War.

Forte de Sao Francisco Hotel

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The fort dates back to a Franciscan convent, the Convent of Our Lady of the Rosary, built in the early sixteenth century, from which it was named. According to a deed signed with Friar Rodrigo de Morais in 1446, has been the architect Master Joanes de Cibrão who designed the dome of the convent.

The Fort of Our Lady of the Rosary

In the context of the independence Restoration War, recognizing the importance of the strategic position of the city, near the border, the modernization of their medieval defences became essential. To avoid the occupation of the surrounding hills by enemy artillery, these positions were garrisoned. On the Pedisqueira hill, where there was the old Franciscan convent, it was decided to surround it with bulwark walls, transforming it into a fort. The work developed under the orders of the Governor of Arms of the Province of Trás-os-Montes, D. Rodrigo de Castro, Count of Mesquitela between 1658 and 1662. The defence work of Chaves were complemented with the construction of new wall panels connecting the fort to the old medieval walls, reinforced or rebuilt at the time, engaging the neighbourhoods that had been expanding outside the medieval walls. The defence was extended to the ancient Roman Bridge over the Tâmega River, whose access on the opposite bank, was also fortified with the construction of the Madalena Ravelin. In the early nineteenth century, during the Peninsular War, Chaves and their defences were not able to protect. After several clashes with the Napoleonic troops under the command of General Soult, the Portuguese troops under the command of General Francisco Silveira, retreated to strategic points, leaving the city with a small garrison under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Pizarro. These forces, as well as the militiamen who faced the enemy, was imprisoned and then released. The Forte de São Francisco was used as headquarters of the French at the time, and, as such, the target of General Silveira counteroffensive, in March 1809. After six days of fierce fighting, the French garrison surrendered, and Chaves was released. Later, it was also the scene of struggles during the Liberal Wars and, later on, in 1910, at the Proclamation of the Portuguese Republic. Lost its defensive function, after nearly seventy years of harbouring the 10th Battalion of Hunters, the premises of the fort were abandoned and entering in process of ruin.

From the Twentieth century to the present day

This fort is classified as National Monument by the Decree published on March 22, 1938. The intervention of the government, through the General-Directorate for National Buildings and Monuments (DGEMN) was registered from 1957, when the conservation works were promoted. Various stages of consolidation, cleaning, clearance, and rebuilding took place in the following decades, until January 16, 1989, when the Forte de São Francisco was transferred, on a temporary basis, to the City Council of Chaves. In the second half of the 1970s, the facilities of the fort served as temporary accommodation for families returned from former Portuguese colonies in Africa. In 1994 the premises of the fort were reclassified as a hotel unit, project sponsored by the Society of Forte de S. Francisco Hotéis - Lda, designed by architect Pedro Jales. The Forte de São Francisco Hotel, inaugurated in May 1997, is since its opening, rated as a four star hotel.

Rooms & Suites

58 inviting and quiet rooms; carefully restored in a timeless style, to provide an environment of elegance and maximum comfort.

The rooms are divided into four categories: 6 twin attic rooms, 36 Standard rooms, 12 Premium and 4 Junior Suites.




Wellness & Relaxation


At Forte de S. Francisco Hotel, because we favour your well-being, we provide a range of spaces and facilities devoted to leisure and sport activities. Enjoy, have fun and amuse yourself!


Outdoor swimming pool, located in the southeast bastion, has a panoramic view over the city and surrounding mountains.


The multi-purpose field, located in north-eastern bastion, allows the practice of outdoor activities, indoor soccer and tennis.


The game room, located in the Conventual building, is the ideal entertainment place to relax and spend moments of pure fun and leisure.

We have at your disposal:

  • TV LCD
  • Table football
  • Pool table
  • Draughts, chess, dominoes e more board games

To celebrate love and union we have a specialized and experienced team that will do everything to make this day as perfect as imagined.


For a particular date in the religious life of children and families we propose menus specially designed for baptisms and communions.


For gatherings involving friends, relatives and various groups we have a vast choice of dishes that will delight everyone, making this moment unforgettable.


Come celebrate your birthday in an environment that strives for elegance and refinement. Celebrate with friends or family, the day you are king or queen that we will crown the party with champagne.


The cloisters of the former convent of Our Lady of The Rosary, located in the Conventual Building, are by their structure and size, the ideal space for exhibitions of various kinds.


Located in the Conventual building and inserted in a warm and refined surrounding, the Restaurant "Cozinha do Convento" invites you to enjoy a suggestive offer of Portuguese and regional cuisine dishes accompanied by a quality service.

Characterized by two separate rooms and with a total capacity for 200 people this space has a privileged panoramic view over the gardens of the hotel and surrounding mountains.


Located at the south gate of the fort and built inside the wall, the Typical Tavern presents itself as a sui generis space, and a decor that reminds the taverns of early times.

This space, with capacity for 40 people, allows you to relish a variety of snacks and local dishes in a relaxed and informal environment.


Located in the Military building and near the Reception, the Lobby Bar is characterized by a bright and welcoming space, ideal for relaxing and unwinding alone, with friends or family.

In this space, with capacity for 40 people, you can consult the daily press and also experience and enjoy one of the many cocktails that we have available in the menu.


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From Porto: Take A3 (To Braga) -> A7 (To Guimarães) -> A24 (To Chaves) -> Exit nº 21 Chaves -> Follow to the center of city and the sign indicating “Forte de São Francisco”. Or Take A41 -> A42 -> A7 (Guimarães) -> A24 (Chaves) -> Exit nº 21 Chaves -> Follow to the center of city and the sign indicating “Forte de São Francisco”. Or Take A4 (Vila Real) -> Take A24 (Chaves) -> Exit nº 21 Chaves -> Follow to the center of city and the sign indicating “Forte de São Francisco”. From Lisbon: Take A1 (To Porto) -> One option above. Or Take A1 (To Coimbra) -> IP3 (To Viseu) -> A24 (To Chaves) -> Exit nº 21 Chaves -> Follow to the center of city and the sign indicating “Forte de São Francisco”.
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