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As Europe's sunniest region, with a seemingly perpetual cloudless blue sky, the Algarve offers lovers of the outdoors not only numerous golf courses, but also superb surfing, a rich diversity of bird life and mile upon mile of golden sands, framed by the characteristic limestone rocks which stand guard out in the Atlantic. Whilst the area around Faro airport is well developed a beautiful wilderness still exists in the Western Algarve, Portugal's 'Land's End'. Our selection of the best places to stay in the Algarve covers most permutations from a contemporary beach resort in Vilamoura to an eco hotel set in the middle of the Vicentin Natural Park. But if you think you might like to book an apartment or holiday villa, click here for our online booking partner

August heat encourages laziness and an addiction to cool waters, but at other times of the year visit the old Moorish castles and forts, walk up in the hills, fragrant with the smell of delicate almond blossom or sample the freshest of fish from the day's catch at one of the rustic beach restaurants right at the sea's edge.

Don't forget that this region is popular year round (though especially during the peak summer months), so if you want to reserve a room in one the best places to stay in the Algarve, you'll need to be organised and book well ahead.

Best places to stay in the Algarve

Family Friendly Beach Resorts

For a family friendly beach resort, the Algarve has so many choices that it can be hard to pick the right ones. We've done all the hard work for you and from our selection of the best places to stay in the Algarve, we think the top choices are:

  • Vila Vita Parc - A truly luxurious cliff top resort, with outstanding facilities for all the family. Kids clubs for every age, watersports galore, 9 hole golf course to name but a few. There's also a private sandy beach, great spa and Michelin starred cuisine.
  • Martinhal Beach Resort - Situated just outside historic Sagres on the unspoilt Western Algarve. Village style luxury accommodation looks out to the sea - the villas are ideal for family groups. There are numerous activities on offer, five swimming pools, kids clubs for all ages and a fabulous spa located in its own private grounds.

Rural Escapes

For a break away from it all, nestled amid beautiful countryside away from the coastal bright lights our favourites are:

  • Quinta do Barranco da Estrada - This idyllic rural hideaway has only twelve rooms and offers a true escape from the ratrace overlooking Santa Clara Lake. Canoeing and sailing are included in the price, plus you can walk, birdwatch, eat great food and generally chill out.
  • Quinta da Colina, an old Algarvian manor, is perfect for a rural getaway. But it's also not a million miles from the beach if you decide you'd like the best of both worlds! It's great value too.

Hotels with History

The usual impression of hotels in this area is of modern buildings, purpose built for the mass holiday market. We've discovered some gems that have their roots much farther back and have been converted to provide excellent, character-filled accommodation.

  • Vivenda Miranda - This beautiful property just outside Lagos began life as the home of a 17th century noble family. It now offers tweny five bedrooms, a stunning pool and terrace with breathtaking views and direct access to the Porto de Mós beach.
  • Convento da Graca - Located in the heart of historic Tavira, the canary yellow Convento da Graca dates back to the 16th century. It now offers thirty six stylish rooms with a contemporary feel, garden with pool and beautiful cloistered courtyard where you can dine in the warm months.

For a holiday villa or apartment

There's endless choice when it comes to apartments or villas in the Algarve. We recommend you visit our online booking partner for a comprehensive selection.

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  • Companhia das culturas


    Charming and rustic hotel on 40 hectare working farm. Rooms have whitewashed walls, antique furnishings and French doors leading out into garden. With a hammam Turkish bath, outdoor saltwater pool, yoga, Tai-chi and Qi-gong classes. Close to beaches, local markets and great walks. Value chic.

    8 rooms from $57
    Great walks  -  Around Castro Marim and Cacela Velha
    Full of character
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Dom Manuel I Charming Residence

    Lagos (Algarve)

    A charming adult-only hotel with outdoor pool in a tropical palm covered garden. Traditional Portuguese tiles adorn cosy bedrooms and colourful communal areas. Enjoy drinks and bar snacks by the pool or explore the many bars and restaurants nearby. Just 500m from one of Lagos' best beaches.

    33 rooms from $66
    Romantic Break  -  No children means total relaxation and a romantic stay
    Beach Life  -  A short walk from one of Lagos' best beaches
    Sailing  -  Sail at the nearby beaches
    Great walks  -  Good walking routes
  • Quinta do Mel

    Albufeira, Algarve

    Quinta do Mel is a traditional old farmhouse that has been renovated to host guest in comfortable bedrooms with views over the surrounding farmland. The hotel also has a small farm shop and tea room selling local produce. Plenty of activities on offer with good local knowledge for exploring.

    10 rooms from $67
    Back to Nature  -  A quieter spot in the Algarve surrounded by some of its finest scenery
    Active Holiday  -  Plenty of outdoor persuits right on your doorstep
    Great walks  -  The surroundings of Quinta do Mel are ideal for walking.
    Fishing  -  Go on a private fishing trip
  • Quinta da Colina

    Conceição, Algarve

    Traditional Algarvian manor which has been tastefully converted to provide B&B accommodation plus cottages and an apartment for self catering. Set amid 6 hectares filled with olive, orange and carob trees. A quieter, truly relaxing spot from which to enjoy the pleasures of the real Algarve.

    3 rooms from $86
    Swimming Pool  -  Created from the old irrigation tank with original well and water wheel feature on the terrace.
    Sights nearby  -  Only 6 minutes by car from Tavira
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Casa Vicentina

    Odeceixe, Algarve

    A charming collection of suites that sleep up to 4. Stylish, bright interiors, pool, playground for children, and not far from the beach and a nature reserve. An ideal spot for a family holiday, and great value.

    12 rooms from $84
    Kids Club  -  Playground.
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Muxima

    Aljezur, Algarve

    Delightfully rustic eco retreat within striking distance of the best surfing beaches. Large suites with around the world themes, think India to Tunisia. Lovely terraces, eco pool, and nature reserve nearby. Great value for a family holiday and beach life.

    7 rooms from $90
    Eco break
    Surfing  -  Monte Clerigo.
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Casa Beleza do Sul


    Beautifully restored 19th-century house in the unspoilt, delightful town of Tavira in the Algarve. Stylish suites and self-catering apartments have been designed by the architect owner. Original mosaic floors and features have been left intact. Shady roof terraces with panoramic views. A gem.

    4 rooms from $95
    Self catering  -  Self-catering studio and apartments have well-equipped kitchenettes, terraces with tables and sun loungers
    Town  -  Tavira is a charming and unspoilt old town, pretty squares and gardens, fishermen at work on their nets
    Golf  -  The Algarve is famous for its golf courses and some of the best are close to Tavira
    Beach nearby  -  Beautiful sandy beach close by
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Memmo Baleeira

    Vila do Bispo, Algarve

    Chic and airy minimalist beachfront hotel with superb sea views. White on white rooms with glorious private balconies. Fantastic outdoor pool, spa, and a cosy restaurant. Endless activities to keep all entertained. Ideal beach escape.

    144 rooms from $95
    Active Holiday  -  There are endless options for the active guest- explore the coast on foot, two wheels or even by boat or learn to dive and surf.
    Families  -  This is family holiday heaven- with kids club, kiddie menu, junior dive courses, plenty of beaches and activties.
    Great walks  -  Take a picnic and head out along this rugged and stunning coastline and discover some of the least spoilt beaches in Europe.
    Surfing  -  Memmo's surf centre offer's lessons and equipment, make the most of some of Portugals best surfing.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape
  • Quinta Bonita

    Lagos, Algarve

    A rural romantic hotel with beautiful gardens and a lovely pool. Suites are glamorous in an old world sort of way - elegant four poster beds, pale mother of pearl coloured throws, and stone floors, all with private balconies. Very picturesque, and grown up.

    8 rooms from $118
    Romantic Break
    Sights nearby  -  Plenty to do and see in nearby Lagos
    Views  -  Panoramic ocean views
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Pousada de Faro

    Faro, Algarve

    An historic 18th century Rococo palace in the village of Estoi, ten kilometres from Faro. Now a comfortable hotel with a swimming pool, spa and restaurant O Visconde serving Portuguese specialities. The original ornate rooms are paired with contemporary furnishings, bedroom suites are luxurious.

    63 rooms from $121
    Restaurant  -  The restaurnt serves typical Portguese dishes such as Gaspacho, Tuna Carpaccio and Cataplana Fish
    Palace  -  The palace was built by Jose Franciscio da Silva, Viscount of Estoi
    Sit-out Terrace  -  Hot sunny terrace and shady parasols by the swimming pool
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
  • Vila Monte Farm House

    Moncarapacho, Algarve

    A refreshing Moorish style retreat, nestled in orange groves and organic gardens. Light, airy and effortlessly stylish rooms offer seclusion, comfort and private terraces. Gourmet farm to fork cuisine served in a relaxed atmosphere. Two pools, tennis courts, and open air cinema seal the deal. Bliss!

    53 rooms from $128
    Romantic Break  -  A sophisticated couples paradise- with secluded rooms, private terraces, couples massages and romantic picnics on the beach.
    Foodies  -  The wholesome delicious cuisine never dissapoints- perhaps because it comes straight from the garden or local organic farms.
    Cooking classes  -  The chef happily takes tours to the local markets such as Olhao's big fish market.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
  • Quinta da Cebola Vermelha

    Boliqueime, Algarve

    A beautiful family-orientated country farmhouse surrounded by orange, lemon, and olive trees. With a huge salt water pool, beautiful rooms, and nearby beach and golf course, this is a great hotel for a family holiday at a good price.

    7 rooms from $129
    Farmhouse  -  Magnificent farmhouse surrounded by olive, lemon and orange trees.
    Country Escape  -  A great base from which to explore the Algarve
    Families  -  Close to the beach and golf course
    Less £  -  115-135 euros per night
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays
  • Pousada Convento Tavira

    Tavira, Algarve

    A beautifully restored 16th Century convent on Tavira’s castle hill. With Renaissance cloisters, courtyard pool and central garden. Pretty rooms with splashes of bright colour and private balconies. Enjoy the traditional regional cuisine and wide range of Portuguese wines.

    36 rooms from $146
    Value chic  -  Reasonably priced charming Baroque and Renaissance Pousadas steeped in history with, plush rooms and pretty courtyard garden.
    Sights nearby  -  Within walking distance of the town’s great sites, such as the 16th-century Igreja da Misericórdia.
    Great walks  -  With wonderful walking around the hilly countryside and through the historic town.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
  • Vila Valverde

    Valverde, Algarve

    Lavish accommodation surrounded by orange groves and olive trees. Contemporary white building with lots of natural light, huge terraces, and beautiful views over the grounds. Portugese specialities in the restaurant and lovely swimming pool. A real hideout in supreme comfort.

    15 rooms from $154
    Total relaxation  -  Crafted for relaxtion, with comfortable suites, massage treatments, sauna and laid back atmosphere.
    Great walks  -  Explore the Monchique hills on foot, the hotel will provide a light packed lunch.
    Fishing  -  The hotel will organise big game fishing trips on request.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and Outdoor pool
  • Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel

    Sagres, Algarve

    The varying luxury accommodation at Martinhal, from rooms to beachfront condos to private villas, makes this resort ideal for energetic family holidays. The plethora of water sports and activities available is thrilling.

    38 rooms from $168
    Private villas  -  The resort is made up of varying private villas and beachfront condos.
    Families  -  The Village accommodation is ideal for families
    On the beach  -  Villas and condos directly on the beach front
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet
  • Fazenda Nova

    Santo Estevao, Algarve

    This traditional Portuegese villa cum modern sanctuary sits in the rolling hills of the Algarve. Private suites with their modernist luxury are perfect nests for a couples hideaway. The sporting scenery of the beach and hills around make it a fun spot too.

    10 rooms from $174
    Garden  -  Each apartment has its private garden and the property sits in 10 acres of land.
    Hideaway  -  A luxury country retreat ideal for couples.
    Suites  -  Suites, apartments, and penthouses.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor Pool
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays, Mr & Mrs Smith
  • Casa Arte


    A luxurious spot, situated amidst two acres of secluded garden with a large outdoor swimming pool. Rounded window frames and white washed walls give the hotel a unique feel. A fantastic kitchen that offers superb four course dinners. Exclusive hire also available. A wonderful spot.

    4 rooms from $174
    Families  -  Great facilities and a popular area for families
    Foodies  -  Delicious four course meals three times a week
    Sights nearby  -  A short drive to Lagos
    Sailing  -  On offer nearby
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Vila Campina

    Tavira, Algarve

    Bright white beacon of slick sophistication amidst rural farmland. A Moorish style guesthouse with modern white on white bedrooms, tranquil gardens, a stunning swimming pool, and nearby beach. Ideal for completely unwinding.

    9 rooms from $185
    Beach Life  -  Set next to some of Algarve’s unspoilt beaches, enjoy long walks, boats trips, swimming and fishing.
    Birdwatching  -  The B&B sits in the Ria Formosa Natural Park, wander around its famed island lagoons and try and spot the local birdlife.
    Local markets  -  A must for all foodies is the Olhão farmer's market every Saturday.
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely salt water pool
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Vivenda Miranda

    Lagos (Algarve)

    Intimate 17th Century villa resting in luscious tropical gardens, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Organic Mediterranean food, made with fresh local produce. Comfortable rooms surround the pool and bask in the undisturbed ocean view. A charming resort with Provencal style rooms.

    25 rooms from $235
    Spa breaks  -  Pampering spa with extensive choice of organic, ethical and sustainable treatments, sauna, steam room, foot spa and jacuzzi.
    Romantic Break  -  A secluded paradise on the Atlantic- plenty of opportunities for romance with sunset walks and candlelight dinners for two.
    Local markets  -  The summer months see the streets filled with trinkets, however the Fish Market in the early morning is worth a visit.
    Sights nearby  -  Lagos town is a beautiful example of an old Portuguese fishing town, fort and all.
  • Vila Vita Parc

    Porches, Algarve

    Exclusive cliff-top family resort with Moorish-style accommodation in lush gardens. Contemporary, light rooms with white on white decor drawing the eye to the spectacular sea views. Fantastic children's facilities, tennis courts, golf course, luxurious spa, and excellent food. A beach paradise.

    170 rooms from $224
    Families  -  Loads of kiddie stuff so parents can unwind- playground with trampoline, swings and slides, kids club, creche and pool.
    Foodies  -  Eight onsite restaurants to choose from- we recommend the tasting menu from two Michelin Star Ocean with wine pairing.
    Fishing  -  The concierge will organise for guests to head out on the ocean and try their hand at deep sea fishing.
    Great walks  -  Take an afterdinner stroll around the lush landscaped tropical gardens that surround the property.
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection
  • Vila Joya

    Albufeira, Algarve

    Two-star Michelin restaurant with five-star rooms, fabulous spa, and majestic sea views. Moorish style architecture and the use of "azulejos" tiles maintains a traditional feel. An abundance of activities on offer within the hotel. A truly indulgent stay.

    21 rooms from $258
    Foodies  -  Chef Dieter Koschina runs the Two Michelin Star restaurant- phenomenally tasty, locally sourced and utterly inspired cuisine.
    Spa breaks  -  An indulgent spa with extensive therapies including Swedish massage, aromatherapy, reflexology and Indian massage.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    House party feel  -  Be prepared to meet people.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Kiwi Collection, Fodors
  • Bela Vista Hotel & Spa

    Portimao (Praia Da Rocha)

    A unique boutique hotel on the beach front. Cerulean blue walls in striking rooms and suites match the azure of the sea seen from private balconies. Excellent spa facilities and a dreamy swimming pool make this spot a very luxurious beach holiday.

    38 rooms from $258
    Watersports  -  The property sits directly on the beach.
    Beach Life
    Restrictions on children  -  Adults only property
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux
  • Hotel Quinta do Lago

    Almancil, Algarve

    A prestigious 5* star property in the Algarve with fantastic facilities, panoramic views and private bridge to the beach. Suites are spacious and well decorated with balconies and a great selection of restaurants. Enjoy the luxurious beach life with a range of activities, pools and spa treatments.

    141 rooms from $376
    Active Holiday  -  A golfers paradise with four courses within the Quinta do Lago development, plus ping pong, hiking, cycling, and watersports.
    Total relaxation  -  With five star facilities, top of the range spa treatments, Hammam and plenty of poolside lounging.
    Great walks  -  Wonderful walks along the Quinta do Lago and along the private beach area.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor and indoor pools
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection
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