Nine Portuguese Beach Hotels You Need to Know About

Pounded the pavements of Porto? Ticked off the streets (and rooftops) of Lisbon? Switch up city living with these Portuguese beach boltholes.

After giving Lisbon your all, these beach hotels are the perfect contrast to city living.

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Areias do Seixo

Torres Vedras, Portugal

Only an hour from Lisbon, the futuristic Areias do Seixo is a haven for architecture fanatics. On a hush-hush stretch of Portugal's Silver Coast, evenings at Areias do Seixo are fuelled by wine, music and bonfires. Bedrooms lean towards the romantic with suspended fireplaces and sea-facing terraces.

Address

Praceta do Atlantico Mexilhoeira Povoa de Penafirme A-dos-Cunhados Torres Vedras 2560-046 Portugal

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Farol Design Hotel

Cascais

Consider this your contemporary beach house. Exteriors are minimalist and Colgate white; inside wood-panelling warms things up a bit. If you’re a fan of high ceilings (and extra space) reserve a room in the hotel’s original building. Dine at The Mix restaurant where floor-to-ceiling windows offer views of the rocky coast.

Address

Av. Rei Humberto II de Italia 7, 2750-800 Cascais, Portugal

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Fazenda Nova

Tavira, Algarve

Rolling countryside. Salt pans. Fishing ports. The eastern Algarve is a place to be enjoyed slowly. For your base? This rioja-red boutique hideaway with just 15 suites and a 15-minute drive time to the beach. On days when even a short journey feels like too much effort, pull up a lounger by the chic saltwater pool and nab a copy of The Face magazine (founded by hotel-owner Hallie's dad in the 80s) from the library or jam through its 1,500+ vinyl collection. A must on the agenda: spotting flamingoes in nearby Ria Formosa Natural Park.

Address

Estiramantens, Santo Estevao Tavira 8800-504

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Sublime Comporta

Grandola, Portugal

Beachside locations don't come much better than this hotel, based on Herdade da Comporta - a swoop of coast between the Sado Estuary and the sea. Depart from your Lisbon city break early and head for this 70km stretch of sand. Sublime Comporta harbours 34 rooms in all, but it's the Scandi-cool cabanas (set apart from the main building) which privacy-seeking guests should reserve.

Address

EN 261-1, 7570-337 Muda, CCI 3954 Grandola

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Noah Surf House

A dos Cunhados, Portugal

For those in search of some bohemian beach vibes, Noah Surf House delivers. Right by the sands of Santa Cruz, this surfers-retreat-meets-beachside-hotel is best suited to early risers. Start your day with morning yoga on the terrace followed by a buffet breakfast of just-baked pastries and a medley of vegetables grown on site. Then hit the waves for the afternoon before retreating to your pad (kitted out with upcycled furnishings) for a pre-dinner nap.

Address

Avenida do Atlântico A dos Cunhados 2560-042 Portugal

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Vila Monte Farm House

Algarve

Re-imagining the Algarve experience as a tranquil adult-only sanctuary, this farmhouse is all timeless simplicity and bohemian chic. Rooms are light and breezy with white linen. Outside: hidden hammocks, sun-drenched bougainvillea climbing whitewashed stone and two pools - all you have to do is decide where you're spending the afternoon. There are two restaurants, plus another that pops up in the kitchen garden throughout summer. Feel like exploring? Take a water taxi to nearby islands such as Ilha da Fuseta and Ilha de Tavira for miles of white-sand beaches.

Address

Sitio dos Caliços, 8700-069 Moncarapacho

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Villa Epicurea

Sesimbra

In the true sense of Epicurean practices, this stunning hotel is about so much more than delicious food (though it has that in abundance) – the Greek philosopher believed that a happy balance of life’s pleasures is what leads to happiness. Ayurvedic massages? Sparkling wine at sunset? Cooking classes, surf lessons and live concerts? They all sound like pretty good reasons to get out of bed in the morning. The hotel’s eco credentials will also help you feel spiritually smug, as you sip a vegan smoothie from the natural pool and ponder existence.

Address

Portugal Fetais Rua do Casalinho 5A 2970-052

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Immerso

Ericeira

The first five-star hotel in Ericeira, a seaside village less than an hour from Lisbon and the surfing capital of Europe. The area has epic waves, but Immerso is anything but a surf shack. The boutique hotel has a Michelin-starred chef, organic vegetable gardens, cool white interiors and a stunning pool. As the name suggests, the idea is to immerse yourself in the location. Start the day with a sunrise yoga session; gather around a campfire under the stars for a wood-fired pizza in the evening. During the day, you can ride, surf, fish, kayak or just unwind on the beach. Oh, and it makes is own beer and surfboards on site.

Address

Rua Bica da Figueira, Marvão, Santo Isidoro, Ericeira

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FeelViana

Viana do Castelo

Pinewood beach cabanas and large windows are metres from the ocean, where surfers and paddleboarders flock to Viana do Castelo in northern Portugal. The eco hotel specialises in sports: there are two swimming pools – not that you need them with the Atlantic this close – and you can get involved in kitesurfing, trail running, mountain biking, windsurfing and a whole range of wholesome pursuits. When you’re not being active outdoors, the Scandi-chic decor makes for a peaceful space to unwind with a good book. The spa is pretty enticing too.

Address

Rua Brás de Abreu Soares nº 222 Praia do Cabedelo, 4935-159 Viana do Castelo

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