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Hostal El Congreso2 Star Hotel


Plaza del Ayuntamiento 25, 33300 Villaviciosa

Guest review score

8.3 from 10 reviews

El Congreso is the perfect budget base from which to discover beautiful Asturias, very much appreciated, with its woods, valleys and beaches, Description of Bragança. The hostel is situated just in front of the exotic and well attended garden park of the Villaviciosa municipality, To the east of Bragança is the small town of Babe. It was here in 1387 that the Portuguese King João I made the "Treaty of Babe" with John of Gaunt of England who agreed to relinquish any desires for claim on the throne of Portugal upon the marriage of his daughter Phillipa to João I. Customers appreciate the hotel is surrounded by traditional cider bars, and above all, where you can taste the best cider of the region, The Romans gave the name of "Juliobriga" to the original fortified village. Bragança grew in importance due to its location and rich agriculture so this fortification was improved upon especially in the time of King Dom Afonso I who constructed a proper walled citadel for his brother-in-law Fernão Mendes. Completed around 1130 the place was then renamed "Brigantia". King Afonso IX of León occupied the town and soon King Sancho I retook possession and built the castle that still remains. This town also gave its name to the last in the royal Portuguese lineage, the House of Bragança, that descended from the an illegitimate son of Dom João I who was created a Duke in 1442. The tower of the castle was to become a place of imprisonment or refuge for many historic personages including Dona Sancho, the unfortunate wife of its constructor. The town played its strategic part in many battles between the two Kingdoms of Portugal and Spain. It was also the location in which General Sepúlveda in 1808 called upon the local inhabitants to resist against the invasion of the French forces. All the rooms are equipped with bath, very much appreciated, telephone and television, Of all these mountain ranges of the most prominent is the Serra da Estrela that rises to 1.993 metres, which is 6.539 feet, . During the winter the very top area of Serra da Estrela provides a ski resort but with somewhat limited runs for any experienced ski enthusiast. The past weather conditions have not been sufficiently reliable to create a large resort for this sport. The bare granite of this range of mountains has virtually insufficient vegetation to support more than the grazing of sheep. These sheep provide the most rated cheese of all in Portugal and is known by the trade name of "Serra". Like most mountain areas this is a popular location for walkers offering fascinating flora and panoramic views. The area has also developed a special breed of dog after which it is named. These dogs are generally prove to be very intelligent, brave and loyal to their owners. Their thick heavy coat helps as a natural protection to survive the regions cold winter climate. Founded in the 1914, and above all, this hostel combines tradition and modernity, and is an important part of Villaviciosa and a meeting point for its people, Introduction to Transmontana. There is also a small dining room for the exclusive use of hostel guests, History of Bragança. Free wired internet makes it easy to plan routes and look up information, The citadel has been well preserved throughout the centuries and within its walls are various historic items of interest. The 12th Century “Domus Municipalis” which until the 16th Century was used as a reservoir for water and then converted into a building that was used as a civic court for disputes between tradesmen and landowners. The manner in which the arguments were settled is left to the imagination. Nearby is the Church of Santa Maria that was extensively reconstructed in the 18th Century from the original building dating back to 1580. The first church was named Nossa Senhora do Sardão, which is Our Lady of the Green Lizard!,, the creature said to protect the inhabitants from the Moors. Close to the walls of the castle in the adjoining garden is a medieval pillory in the unusual shape of a pig being skewered which dates back to Celtic period. Outside the walls in the Rua dos Fornos is the Jewish quarter that was formed by Jews fleeing from Spain and North Africa in the 15th Century. They were responsible for starting the local silk industry. In the Museu do Abade de Baçal is a variety of items including some medieval torture instruments and in the gardens outside some archaeological finds are on display including tablets with Luso-Roman inscriptions. The Church of São Vicente is reputed to be the location in which the secret wedding of King Dom Pedro and Inês de Castro took place. Originally a 13th Century structure it was rebuilt in the 17th Century with several rich adornments. The Church of São Bento dates back to the 16th Century with some 18th Century additions., Bragança - Nearby Locations, Of outstanding natural beauty is the national park of Montesinho that lies to the north of Bragança. This reserve covers some 70.000 hectares of wild terrain basically unspoilt by modern humanity. Locally termed Terra Fria, which is Cold Land,, the Park rises to a mountain range touching 1.481 metres. Vegetation is sparse on the upper slopes that then descend into valleys of oak, willow and alder trees. Wildlife in the shape of golden eagles, falcons, wolves, otters and wild boar still enjoy their freedom. The quaint typical village of Vinhais lying to the west of Bragança is an ideal location to obtain the spectacular panoramic views of this Park. Horses and mountain bikes can be hired locally. The “Dovecotes” of the area with their horseshoe shaped roofs are a realistic reminder of medieval times. They are specially built dove houses that as well as being a form of food also provide fertilizer droppings for growing crops. Between Bragança and Vinhais is the Mosteiro de Castro de Avelãs dating from the 12th Century but now virtually in ruins. This monastery held the main religious power in the region during its heyday., To the south east of Bragança is the historic town of Miranda do Douro that sits above the gorge of the Rio Douro on the border of Spain. Due to its strategic position it suffered an uneasy history including an explosion of its gunpowder store in 1762. This event virtually destroyed the castle and much of the town and many of its inhabitants. Unfortunately, at the time the town was surrounded by a French army of some 30,000 who quickly took advantage of the situation. From this date onwards its importance as a point of defence against invading armies was discarded., On the road southwest and halfway between Bragança and Vila Real is the town of Mirandela. In 1433 the town grew in importance when it was given by King Manuel to his trusted aide Álvares Pires de Távora. However, the Távora family was later to fell foul of the Marquês de Pombal and the royal family who ordered the complete Tavora family to be executed in 1758 for plotting treason against the then King José I.

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General hotel policies*

* policies applicable to particular rates/rooms prevail over general hotel policies

Check-in & check-out, currency

Check-in:   from 14:00   to 20:00
Check-out:  08:00  to 12:00
Currency: EUR

Cancellation Policy

If cancelled up to 2 days before date of arrival, no fee will be charged.
If cancelled later or in case of no-show, the first night will be charged.

Deposit Policy

No deposit will be charged.

Meal Plan

Buffet breakfast costs EUR 4.50 per person per night.

Children and Extra Bed Policy

All children are welcome.
All children under 6 years stay free of charge when using existing bedding.
All older children or adults are charged EUR 12 per night per person for extra beds.
Maximum capacity of extra beds in a room is 1.
There is no capacity for cots in the room.


Please carefully read policies & conditions for charges

Hostal El Congreso is a 2 star hotel featuring 14 rooms in total


  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Ironing Service
  • Internet Services
  • Wi-Fi/Wireless LAN
  • Free Wi-Fi Internet Access Included


  • Terrace
  • Family Rooms
  • Heating


  • Golf Course (within 3 km)
  • Children's Playground


No parking available.


Wi-fi is available in the hotel rooms and is free of charge.


Pets are not allowed.

Area & travel information


Plaza del Ayuntamiento 25
33300 Villaviciosa


Places nearby...

Villaviciosa : 0.3 km
Montoto : 1.3 km
Carda : 1.3 km
Cazanes : 1.5 km
Valbucar : 1.6 km
El Sur : 1.6 km
San Juan : 1.6 km
Amandi : 1.6 km
Fuentes : 2 km
Bedriñana : 2.1 km
San Andrés : 2.1 km
Poladura : 2.2 km
Bozanes : 2.2 km
Abayu : 2.6 km
Miravalles : 2.6 km
Villar : 2.6 km
Caen : 2.8 km
Caés : 2.8 km
Solares : 3 km
Camoca : 3.2 km
Camoca de Abajo : 3.2 km
San Vicente : 3.2 km
Camoca de Arriba : 3.2 km
Maojo : 3.2 km
Grases : 3.2 km
El Llano : 3.2 km
San Cosme : 3.3 km
Onón : 3.3 km
Tornón : 3.3 km
Pando : 3.3 km
Singla : 3.5 km
Vallina : 3.5 km
La Vallina : 3.5 km
Cayado : 3.7 km
Lugás : 3.7 km
Los Caminos : 3.7 km
Santa María : 3.7 km
Peruyero : 3.8 km
Obaya : 3.8 km
Labares : 3.8 km
Moriyón : 3.9 km
La Miyar : 3.9 km
Cueli : 3.9 km
Sariego : 4.2 km
San Justo : 4.2 km
La Magdalena : 4.2 km
Paniceres : 4.2 km
Cemuño : 4.3 km
Coro : 4.3 km
Cermuño : 4.3 km
Santo Tomás : 4.3 km
Caserío Sebrayo : 4.5 km
Villaverde : 4.5 km
Sobrayo : 4.5 km
Sebrayo : 4.5 km
El Cueto : 4.7 km
Cueto : 4.7 km
Mar : 4.7 km
San Martín : 4.7 km
Cadamancio : 4.9 km
Novales : 5.2 km
Ceyanes : 5.2 km
Infiesta : 5.2 km
Breceña : 5.2 km
Toroyes : 5.3 km
Gancedo : 5.3 km
Castiello de Arriba : 5.4 km
Castiello : 5.4 km
Ambás : 5.4 km
Niao : 5.5 km
Viñón : 5.5 km
San Julián : 5.5 km
Poreño : 5.5 km
Miyeres : 5.5 km
Busto : 5.5 km
Bayones : 5.5 km
Ría de Villaviciosa : 5.6 km
La Vega : 5.7 km
Bárzana : 5.7 km
Espina : 5.7 km
Espinal : 5.7 km
El Espinal : 5.7 km
Niévares : 5.7 km
Turueño : 5.7 km
Oles : 5.8 km
Valbuena : 5.9 km
La Madrera : 5.9 km
El Cabritón : 6 km
La Lloraza : 6 km
Foncalada : 6 km
Foncabada : 6 km
Cabritón : 6 km
Valdebárzana : 6 km
Villar : 6 km
Valdebárcena : 6 km
Piedrafita : 6.3 km
La Atalaya : 6.4 km
Manzanedo : 6.5 km
Argüero : 6.5 km
San Feliz : 6.5 km
San Mamés : 6.5 km
La Rivera : 6.5 km
Santa Eulalia : 6.6 km
El Olivar : 6.6 km
Selorio : 6.6 km
Bustad : 6.6 km
Buslad : 6.6 km
San Salvador : 6.6 km
Priesca : 6.6 km
Mogobio : 6.8 km
Lloses : 6.8 km
Forretejera : 6.8 km
Torretejera : 6.8 km
Bárcena : 6.8 km
Santa Eugenia : 6.8 km
Piñera : 6.8 km
Paniceres : 6.8 km
Rozadas : 7 km
Santa María : 7 km
Abedules : 7.2 km
Castiello : 7.2 km
Fondujo : 7.2 km
San Juan : 7.2 km
La Puerta : 7.3 km
Arboleya : 7.3 km
Carabaño : 7.3 km
Celada : 7.3 km
Ralí : 7.3 km
La Espina : 7.3 km
Rales : 7.5 km
San Feliz : 7.5 km
Sietes : 7.5 km
Perviyao : 7.5 km
Cabranes : 7.6 km
Santa Eulalia : 7.6 km
La Viña : 7.7 km
Villanaoscura : 7.7 km
Vallinaoscura : 7.7 km
San Pedro : 7.7 km
Puelles : 7.7 km
La Piñera : 7.7 km
Trías : 7.7 km
Valeri : 7.7 km
Tazones : 7.7 km
San Miguel : 7.7 km
Cuinya : 7.7 km
Pandenes : 7.7 km
Guinya : 7.7 km
Vega : 7.7 km
El Villar : 7.7 km
Villar : 7.7 km
Punta del Olivo : 7.8 km
Villar : 7.8 km
El Toral : 7.8 km
Punta Coin : 7.8 km
Punta de Rodiles : 7.9 km
Santa María : 7.9 km
Arroes : 7.9 km
Santa María de Arroes : 7.9 km
Arriba : 7.9 km
La Llera : 8 km
La Cerra : 8 km
Villaverde : 8 km
San Pedro : 8 km
Cerra : 8 km
Punta de las Ariceras : 8.1 km
Punta de Tazones : 8.1 km
Bucial : 8.1 km
Villaescusa : 8.1 km
San Julián : 8.2 km
Madiedo : 8.2 km
Gramedo : 8.2 km
Peón : 8.2 km
Casamorí : 8.2 km
Santiago : 8.2 km
El Valle : 8.2 km
Castiello de Abajo : 8.3 km
Vallés : 8.5 km
San Martín : 8.5 km
Villarrica : 8.7 km
Lauría : 8.7 km
Pivierda : 8.7 km
San Pelayo : 8.7 km
Ensenada de la Conejera : 8.8 km
Sopeñas : 8.9 km
Morvís : 8.9 km
Santa Mera : 8.9 km
Giranes : 8.9 km
Saudín : 9 km
Sandin : 9 km
Piñares : 9 km
Naveda : 9 km
Fresnedo : 9 km
San Román : 9 km
Arriondo : 9.1 km
Mases : 9.1 km
Fresno : 9.1 km
Piñera : 9.1 km
Villares : 9.2 km
Pernús : 9.3 km

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