seen the eye-roll when someone mentions vacationing in
the Algarve. Portugal’s southernmost region has long been seen as
the territory of family packages, golf resorts and English
But there’s a lesser known side – one of traditional turrets,
red cliffs and vegetable gardens (with a spot of Michelin-starred
eating to boot).
From citrus-scented farmhouses and Moorish-style mansions to
coastal idylls that are as gorgeously whitewashed as they are
family-friendly, our rundown of the best places to stay will have
you falling in love with the Algarve all over again.
Vila Monte Farm House
Pro tip: Don’t pack your straw hat and beach bag; they’re on the hotel. Do bring home a massive jar of the juicy olives for sale at Vila Monte’s deli.
Sitio dos Caliços
Pro tip: Pack comfortable shoes for leisurely hikes around the neighbouring national park – for when you get sick of the beach (if ever).
Quinta do Martinhal
Pro tip: Head to the on-site beach shack for cocktails and sushi after hours.
Estrada da Galé
Praia Verde Boutique Hotel
Pro tip: Drag yourself away from the sun lounger to explore the nearby coves and beaches, or for a taste of culture, head to the castle and fort in neighbouring Castro Marim.
Bela Vista Hotel & Spa
Pro tip: Room 116 is Bela Vista’s pièce de résistance, with a lavish bathroom housed in a magnificent stained-glass turret. It’ll be the prettiest shower you ever take.
Av. Tomas Cabreira
Praia Da Rocha
Vila Vita Parc
Pro Tip: For an especially extravagant trip, hire the Vila Vita Parc’s yacht for a day spent discovering coves along the coast and spotting dolphins.
Rua Anneliese Pohl
Pousada Convento de Tavira
Pro tip: For commanding views of the magnificent architecture of Tavira, head to the disused water tower that has been converted into a camera obscura – less romantic than a rooftop garden, sure, but the views are worth it.
Rua D. Paio Peres Correia
Pro tip: Check out the hotel’s designated vinyl room where the owners have carefully curated around 1,500 records over the years – a perfect soundtrack to your Algarve adventure.
Estiramantens, Santo Estevao