Visit to Parador Casa da Ínsua

Your trip to the center region of the country deserves a visit to the Parador Casa da Ínsua, an impressive historic building in Penalva do Castelo, 25 kms from Viseu.

The current Casa da Ínsua, built in the 18th century by Luís de Albuquerque de Mello Pereira e Cáceres, Governor and Captain-General of Cuibá and Mato Grosso, Brazil, occupied the place where the previous Casa da Ínsua stood, built by João de Albuquerque and Castro, Alcaide-Mor de Sabugal. It maintained some original elements, such as the west façade, paintings on the ceiling, the coat of arms of the Albuquerque family and the flowery cross of the Pereiras, the chapel and the terrace.

It is also possible to find traces of Luís Albuquerque's stay in Brazil through various objects, mostly hunting and fishing utensils handmade by Brazilian Indians and primitive indigenous weapons, as well as some war devices of the Castilian army.

Museum area

The Museum of Casa da Ínsua is part of a recovery and refurbishment project of an exemplary classified heritage collection, in service not only to upgrade the Casa da Ínsua as a hotel unit of singular nature in the country, but also to enrich our national history, particularly through reports between Portugal and Brazil in the 18th century under the leadership of Luís de Albuquerque de Mello Pereira e Cáceres, governor and Captain General of the captaincy of Mato Grosso, Brazil between 1772 and 1788.


The visit includes:

  • 1 Map and information leaflet


Opening hours:

  • Monday to Sunday
  • From 9:00 am to 12:30 pm and from 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm



  • Hotel Parador Casa da Ínsua, 3550-126 Penalva do Castelo Portugal
  • GPS coordinates: 40.676410, -7.706997


Conditions and costs:

  • Guests at Parador Casa da Ínsua and the Montebelo Hotels & Resorts chain do not pay for tickets without a guide, as well as events and restaurant clients, researchers, journalists and tourism professionals (accredited)
  • Ticket without Guide: €3
  • Tickets without guide for children up to 12 years old, provided they are accompanied by an adult: €0
  • Ticket with Guide: €8
  • Each group up to a maximum of 20 people, with larger groups dividing into subgroups



Telephone: (+351232642 222)/ (+351)232640 110