V December Weekend in Portugal – Curia 2018


V December Weekend in Portugal - Curia 2018

 30 November -2 December 2018

‘The Dance is a poem of which each movement is a word.’ Mata Hari

The ‘December Weekend in Portugal’ returned to same town –Curia – and to the same hotel – the Curia Palace – for its fifth edition as it has already become a home for our SCD weekends in Portugal.

Curia is a spa-town on the northern outskirts of Coimbra, located between Oporto and Lisbon.

The Bairrada region, where Curia is situated, is a popular wine-growing district in Portugal, known also for its delicious gastronomy and beautiful landscapes.

The Curia Palace Hotel, with its Belle-Epoque and Art Nouveau styled rooms, is not only a beautiful place to stay, but has a magnificent wooden-floor ballroom. It is in this setting  we enjoyed a weekend programme including two balls with live music by Keith Smith (fiddle) and Peter Shand (piano), SCD classes with Raphaelle Orgeret and a taste of the local gastronomy and wines.

Curia Palace Hotel

The Curia Palace Hotel, located in the centre of the spa town of Curia, is a premier all-season resort set in 14 acres of gardens and parkland, with a golf course, garden estate and vineyards. What Evian stands for in France, Baden Baden in Germany, and Montecani in Italy, so does Curia in Portugal. The name ‘Curia’ from the Latin agua curiva, ‘the water that cures’, was given by the Romans who first discovered the Curia thermal springs more than a thousand years ago.

Guests enjoy the beautiful Belle-Epoque and Art Nouveau styled rooms, invigorating spa with indoor pool, fine dining in the historic restaurant, outstanding amenities and exceptional service.

Under the theme, ‘old world charm meets the 21st century’, the hotel has been spectacularly renovated without simply imitating the past, and restored to its rightful status as one of the most beautiful hotels in the Iberian Peninsula. It was re-opened in 2008, preserving and honouring its charm and magic as envisioned by its creator Alexandre de Almeida in 1926.