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Portugal's variety is one of its greatest assets. Along with its calendar full of colourful festivals and unique culture. In a single day you can travel from verdant mountains in the north, to the vineyards on the slopes, through the rocky centre to the rustic rural pleasures of the Alentejo region and on to the glamorous golden sands of the Algarve and the coast.

Variety is also a great asset when it comes to the question of where to stay, and the best places to stay in Portugal can be found dotted all over the county.

Lisbon is a vibrant capital city abounding with charm and colour, and filled with the music of Fado and the characteristic rattling of yellow trams as they trundle past decorative tiled façades.

Most of us know Porto, and the whole Douro Valley for its port, which begins its life in the vineyards surrounding the city, the grapes growing plump on the water of the Douro. Port is also an ancient and historic port, graced with spectacular architecture a large number of museums and gorgeous Baroque churches. And the Ribeira district, with its winding cobbled streets, steep staircases and orange roofed buildings, is heritage listed. In addition to all the port houses there are also colourful food markets to explore - so plenty to appeal to foodies - though the favourite local dish is tripe.

Many turn to Portugal for sunshine and cloudless blue skies, in which case you're here for the Algarve! As well as mile upon mile of golden sand framed by characteristic limestone rocks standing guard dramatically over turquoise waters, the Algarve is also rich in bird life, golf courses and surf breaks. While the resorts around Faro and the airport are well developed, the Western Algarve is still a beautiful semi-wilderness.

Madeira is another year round warm and sunny destination, AND of course it tempts with its Madeira cake and wine too. While Alentejo offers more dramatic, rural scenery, and a wonderfully relaxed pace of life in amongst vineyards, white towns and megalithic monuments. Alentejo covers almost a third of Portugal, from the Atlantic coast to the Spanish border and the Algarve, but it has only about seven percent of the population. And its charming old white towns, where nothing has changed for decades, are sparsely dotted amongst olive groves and cork forests. Alentejo's beaches are beautiful and on a road trip along white cliffs and virginal coasts you'll feel like you're the only people in the world.

If you know which part of Portugal you're heading to skip to our Portuguese Destination Guides:

The Best Places to Stay in Portugal for a City Break: Lisbon

  • The Heritage Av Liberdade, situated on one of Lisbon's most famous streets, is an award winning hotel - the brain child of architect Câncio Martins, renowned for the Buddha Bar in Paris and Strictly Hush in London.
  • The only Art Deco hotel in Lisbon, the Hotel Britania has been beautifully restored and retains many period features. Bedrooms are large and a library and intimate bar on the ground floor give the place a distinctly private club feel.
  • The Hotel Lisboa Plaza offers traditional, old world charm coupled with very personalised service. The bar and fabulous terrace emphasise the relaxed ambience. With a long list of devotees who wouldn't dream of staying anywhere else, you might want to book well ahead!
  • Book a room at the Solar do Castelo and you'll have bagged the only accommodation within the walls of the Castle of Saint George, which rises out of the beautiful labyrinth of the old Moorish quarter. This unique hotel manages to effortlessly blend the old and new, with exposed stone walls complemented by new pale wood and rich fabrics.

The Best Places to Stay in Portugal for Foodies and Wine Buffs: Porto and the Douro Valley

  • Some of Porto's port houses offer accommodations too, one of the best examples being The Yeatman by well known Port brand, Taylors. Rising above the port houses to offer views of the Douro Valley, this is a lavish place to stay, with a fantastic spa, infinity pool and plenty of marble. But still awash with character.
  • Porto is awash with magnificent art and architecture, and the Hotel Vidago Palace is an excellent example. The beautiful Art Nouveau buildings and pristine parklands are well worth the short hike into town.
  • The Palacio Freixo, a baroque masterpiece built in the 18th century, is another. There are many restored public areas, so you can pretend you're living in a palace. But it's also got all the mod. cons.. Including an infinity pool overlooking the stunning Duoro.
  • If you prefer to stay in B&Bs, the Castelo Santa Caterina is for you: a castle in its own gardens, set off the road and covered in fantastic Portuguese glazed tiles, this is a traditional spot, but close to a number of major attractions.

The Best Places to Stay in Portugal for Sunshine: The Algarve

  • Just outside historic Sagres on the unspoilt Western Algarve, the Martinhal Beach Resort is a luxurious resort village with plenty of space and plenty to do. There are five swimming pools, kids clubs for all ages and a fabulous spa located in its own private grounds.
  • Quinta do Barranco da Estrada is an idyllic, 12 room, rural hideaway overlooking peaceful Santa Clara Lake. Canoeing and sailing are included in the price, plus you can walk, birdwatch, eat great food and generally chill out.
  • Vila Vita Parc is a truly luxurious cliff top resort, with outstanding facilities for all the family. There's a kid's club for every age group, watersports galore, and a nine hole golf course to name but a few. There's also a private sandy beach, great spa and Michelin starred cuisine.
  • Vivenda Miranda 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, just outside Lagos.

The Best Places to Stay in Portugal for Families: Madeira

  • Reid's Palace is the perfect place for an easy family holiday. There's plenty to do on the grounds, including an indoor play space and outdoor playground, multiple pools and supervised activities - including tennis lessons. And they'll help you organise activities for the whole family to do together.
  • Quinta de Bela Vista offers a very family-friendly five star experience. There's beautiful grounds, a beautiful bay view, and plenty of facilities to keep everyone as busy as they want to be.
  • Hotel da Vila's 15 rooms are bright and airy, but basic. It makes the grade here because its balcony rooms are great value - especially the views, the food is good and reasonably priced and you have access to the flashier sister hotel up the hill, the Estalagem da Ponta do Sol.

The Best Places to Stay in Portugal to Escape and Relax: Alentejo

  • Monte de Fornalha is perfect if you're looking for a rustic retreat. Set in amongst the vineyards, this whitewashed farmhouse has been tastefully and traditionally decorated. Its three rooms and three suites, as well as a peaceful pool and terrace, offer the perfect place to relax.
  • The Casa da Ermida de Santa Catarina is a top Hotel Guru choice. It's right on a beautiful lake in the spectacular Parque Natural de Serra de Sao, so a fair way off the beaten track, yet with plenty to keep you occupied, including wine tasting, nature and fabulous walking.
  • Vhino verde accompanied by sardines and shellfish on the barbecue, Alentejo's cuisine is a pleasant surprise to many. Yes, it's rustic, and not fancy, but it's also fresh, local and original. Wine enthusiasts should book the Herdade da Malhadinha Nova. This restored farmhouse, and gourmet restaurant, is on a 450 hectare, family-owned wine estate. The ten rooms and suites are stylish and modern.

Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Portugal for you?

  1. Browse though our list of all the best places to stay in Portugal,
  2. refine your search to the best places to stay in the Algarve,
  3. the best places to stay in Lisbon,
  4. or the best places to stay in Porto,
  5. or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.

See all » 29 hotels in Lisbon

  • Hotel Lisboa Plaza 94 rooms from $135

    Lisbon

    Charming traditional-style hotel in the historic centre of Lisbon. Old world charm, elegant sun-flooded rooms, and perfect chill-out terrace. Sit beside the fire with a book borrowed from the private library. A home from home with a warm and family-friendly atmosphere.

    Exclusive offer
    Sights nearby  -  The hotel is just around the corner from Lisbon's National Monument, Santo António Church.
    Great walks  -  One metro stop will bring you to Parque Eduardo VII, the largest park in central Lisbon.
    Designer  -  Designer interiors by famed decorator Graca Viterbo.
    Traditional  -  Traditional decor with contemporary touches
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Frommers, Johansens
    Check prices
  • Hotel Britania 33 rooms from $222

    Lisbon

    Lisbon’s only Art Deco hotel is a beautifully restored heritage townhouse in the heart of the city. The spacious rooms feature cork and parquet floors, retro fixtures and marble bathrooms. Enjoy sparkling Portuguese wine at breakfast before exploring the area. A truly unique stay.

    Exclusive offer  -  Welcome drink
    City Style  -  A magnficant testimony to the art-deco brilliance of the 1940s, lovingly restored and centrally situated.
    Great walks  -  Set out from the hotel and wander this historic city centre, with interesting sights around every bend.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Frommers, Johansens, Sawdays
    Check prices

See all » 27 hotels in the Algarve

  • Quinta da Colina 3 rooms from $87

    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.

    Swimming Pool  -  Created from the old irrigation tank with original well and water wheel feature on the terrace. 5m x 5m
    Full of character  -  Retaining original features giving a true taste of Algarvian style.
    Sights nearby  -  Only 6 minutes by car from Tavira
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
    Check prices
  • Quinta do Mel 10 rooms from $90

    Albufeira, Algarve

    Quinta do Mel is a traditional old farmhouse that has been renovated to host guests 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.

    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.
    Birdwatching  -  Vilamoura Environmental Park
    Check prices

See all » 27 hotels in Alentejo

  • Casa da Ermida de Santa Catarina 6 rooms from $103

    SANTA EULáLIA, Alentejo

    Fabulously remote and romantic lakeside guesthouse. Boutique rooms and one enormous suite. Stunning views over the lake, sumptuous day beds, and lots to do around; nature, wine tasting, sights. Ideal for a romantic rural retreat, great value too.

    Value chic
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
    Check prices
  • Casa do Terreiro do Poco 6 rooms from $109

    Borba, Alentejo

    Sophisticated townhouse B&B with lovely gardens and a pool. Classically elegant rooms, suites and one family apartment with eclectic touches. A sweet terrace and lemon tree lined courtyard. Ideal for families and local exploring.

    Families  -  2 room family apartment.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
    Check prices

See all » 13 hotels in Porto

  • 4rooms 4 rooms from $111

    Porto

    A chic contemporary B&B in Porto's Old Fez district. Simple rooms in white with all the mod cons and attractive modern art. A leafy garden and delicious breakfasts. Excellently decorated and good value. Ideal for couples or families.

    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Sao Joao Baptista da Foz do Douro Castle, Douro River Lighthouse.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Check prices
  • Rosa et Al Townhouse 6 rooms from $102

    Porto

    A sleek chic townhouse in Porto's Old Town. Light and airy rooms and suites with clean lines and large living areas. Wonderful three course brunches and inventive modern cuisine. Gardens and a cosy library/living room area for relaxing. Ideal for a romantic city break for two.

    City Style
    < 10 rooms
    Sights nearby  -  Ribeira (the Old Town) is a World Heritage Site.
    Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.
    Check prices

See all » 13 hotels in Madeira

  • Penha da Franca 109 rooms from $69

    Funchal, Madeira

    A large seaside hotel with simple and comfortable bedrooms overlooking the garden or out to sea. Two large swimming pools and a lively games room provide entertainment for all on site. Local restaurants nearby and water sports on offer at the beach.

    Swimming Pool  -  Two outdoor salt water pools - one is heated
    Sights nearby  -  10 mins walk from the centre of Funcha;
    Fishing  -  Can be organised through the hotel
    Diving  -  Diving Centre nearby
    Check prices
  • Pestana CR7 49 rooms from $154

    Madeira

    Located in the heart of Funchal on Madeira's coast, Pestana CR7 was born out of partnership between Cristiano Ronaldo and Pestana Hotels. Quirky and colourful boutique rooms boasting splendid sea views. Be sure to visit the rooftop infinity pool or relax in the jacuzzi! A great coastal spot.

    Beach Life  -  Spend your days lounging by the sea or sipping on cocktails as you watch the cruise ships roll in
    Local exploring  -  Madeira's top sights are just a short distance from Pestana CR7
    Great walks  -  Wander around Madeira Botanical Garden or Monte Palace Tropical Garden
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
    Check prices

See all » 9 hotels in Cascais

  • Casa da Pergola 10 rooms from $63

    Cascais

    An historic mansion in a sleepy fishing village. Elegant rooms have chandeliers, silky fabrics, and sophisticated furnishings, some have private balconies. Charming inner courtyard and luscious gardens. Close to sailing, sightseeing, and wine tasting.

    Value chic
    Sailing  -  Bay of Cascais and Tagus river.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Check prices
  • Pousada de Cascais 126 rooms from $171

    Cascais

    The Pousada de Cascais - Citadel Historic Hotel and Art District is set within a 16th century fortress in this seaside town. A mini city within itself, this luxurious, beautifully designed hotel comes with chic spa, stunning rooms and six galleries showing the work of resident and visiting artists.

    Suites  -  Eighteen contemporary and minimalist suites some with sea view or direct access to the spa or the internal courtyards
    Restaurant  -  Two restaurants, Taberna da Praca serves Portuguese cuisine and Maris Stella serves locally caught seafood
    Artworks  -  Art exhibitions and open studios are scattered throughout the Pousada
    Spa  -  Magic Spa signature face and body treatments
    Check prices

See all » 6 hotels in Tavira

  • Quinta da Colina 3 rooms from $87

    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.

    Swimming Pool  -  Created from the old irrigation tank with original well and water wheel feature on the terrace. 5m x 5m
    Full of character  -  Retaining original features giving a true taste of Algarvian style.
    Sights nearby  -  Only 6 minutes by car from Tavira
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
    Check prices
  • Fazenda Nova 10 rooms from $238

    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.

    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.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays, Mr & Mrs Smith
    Check prices

See all » 29 hotels in Lisbon

  • Hotel Lisboa Plaza 94 rooms from $135

    Lisbon

    Charming traditional-style hotel in the historic centre of Lisbon. Old world charm, elegant sun-flooded rooms, and perfect chill-out terrace. Sit beside the fire with a book borrowed from the private library. A home from home with a warm and family-friendly atmosphere.

    Exclusive offer
    Sights nearby  -  The hotel is just around the corner from Lisbon's National Monument, Santo António Church.
    Great walks  -  One metro stop will bring you to Parque Eduardo VII, the largest park in central Lisbon.
    Designer  -  Designer interiors by famed decorator Graca Viterbo.
    Traditional  -  Traditional decor with contemporary touches
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Frommers, Johansens
    Check prices
  • Hotel Britania 33 rooms from $222

    Lisbon

    Lisbon’s only Art Deco hotel is a beautifully restored heritage townhouse in the heart of the city. The spacious rooms feature cork and parquet floors, retro fixtures and marble bathrooms. Enjoy sparkling Portuguese wine at breakfast before exploring the area. A truly unique stay.

    Exclusive offer  -  Welcome drink
    City Style  -  A magnficant testimony to the art-deco brilliance of the 1940s, lovingly restored and centrally situated.
    Great walks  -  Set out from the hotel and wander this historic city centre, with interesting sights around every bend.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Frommers, Johansens, Sawdays
    Check prices

See all » 27 hotels in the Algarve

  • Quinta da Colina 3 rooms from $87

    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.

    Swimming Pool  -  Created from the old irrigation tank with original well and water wheel feature on the terrace. 5m x 5m
    Full of character  -  Retaining original features giving a true taste of Algarvian style.
    Sights nearby  -  Only 6 minutes by car from Tavira
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
    Check prices
  • Quinta do Mel 10 rooms from $90

    Albufeira, Algarve

    Quinta do Mel is a traditional old farmhouse that has been renovated to host guests 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.

    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.
    Birdwatching  -  Vilamoura Environmental Park
    Check prices

See all » 27 hotels in Alentejo

  • Casa da Ermida de Santa Catarina 6 rooms from $103

    SANTA EULáLIA, Alentejo

    Fabulously remote and romantic lakeside guesthouse. Boutique rooms and one enormous suite. Stunning views over the lake, sumptuous day beds, and lots to do around; nature, wine tasting, sights. Ideal for a romantic rural retreat, great value too.

    Value chic
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
    Check prices
  • Casa do Terreiro do Poco 6 rooms from $109

    Borba, Alentejo

    Sophisticated townhouse B&B with lovely gardens and a pool. Classically elegant rooms, suites and one family apartment with eclectic touches. A sweet terrace and lemon tree lined courtyard. Ideal for families and local exploring.

    Families  -  2 room family apartment.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
    Check prices

See all » 13 hotels in Porto

  • 4rooms 4 rooms from $111

    Porto

    A chic contemporary B&B in Porto's Old Fez district. Simple rooms in white with all the mod cons and attractive modern art. A leafy garden and delicious breakfasts. Excellently decorated and good value. Ideal for couples or families.

    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Sao Joao Baptista da Foz do Douro Castle, Douro River Lighthouse.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Check prices
  • Rosa et Al Townhouse 6 rooms from $102

    Porto

    A sleek chic townhouse in Porto's Old Town. Light and airy rooms and suites with clean lines and large living areas. Wonderful three course brunches and inventive modern cuisine. Gardens and a cosy library/living room area for relaxing. Ideal for a romantic city break for two.

    City Style
    < 10 rooms
    Sights nearby  -  Ribeira (the Old Town) is a World Heritage Site.
    Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.
    Check prices

See all » 13 hotels in Madeira

  • Penha da Franca 109 rooms from $69

    Funchal, Madeira

    A large seaside hotel with simple and comfortable bedrooms overlooking the garden or out to sea. Two large swimming pools and a lively games room provide entertainment for all on site. Local restaurants nearby and water sports on offer at the beach.

    Swimming Pool  -  Two outdoor salt water pools - one is heated
    Sights nearby  -  10 mins walk from the centre of Funcha;
    Fishing  -  Can be organised through the hotel
    Diving  -  Diving Centre nearby
    Check prices
  • Pestana CR7 49 rooms from $154

    Madeira

    Located in the heart of Funchal on Madeira's coast, Pestana CR7 was born out of partnership between Cristiano Ronaldo and Pestana Hotels. Quirky and colourful boutique rooms boasting splendid sea views. Be sure to visit the rooftop infinity pool or relax in the jacuzzi! A great coastal spot.

    Beach Life  -  Spend your days lounging by the sea or sipping on cocktails as you watch the cruise ships roll in
    Local exploring  -  Madeira's top sights are just a short distance from Pestana CR7
    Great walks  -  Wander around Madeira Botanical Garden or Monte Palace Tropical Garden
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
    Check prices

See all » 9 hotels in Cascais

  • Casa da Pergola 10 rooms from $63

    Cascais

    An historic mansion in a sleepy fishing village. Elegant rooms have chandeliers, silky fabrics, and sophisticated furnishings, some have private balconies. Charming inner courtyard and luscious gardens. Close to sailing, sightseeing, and wine tasting.

    Value chic
    Sailing  -  Bay of Cascais and Tagus river.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Check prices
  • Pousada de Cascais 126 rooms from $171

    Cascais

    The Pousada de Cascais - Citadel Historic Hotel and Art District is set within a 16th century fortress in this seaside town. A mini city within itself, this luxurious, beautifully designed hotel comes with chic spa, stunning rooms and six galleries showing the work of resident and visiting artists.

    Suites  -  Eighteen contemporary and minimalist suites some with sea view or direct access to the spa or the internal courtyards
    Restaurant  -  Two restaurants, Taberna da Praca serves Portuguese cuisine and Maris Stella serves locally caught seafood
    Artworks  -  Art exhibitions and open studios are scattered throughout the Pousada
    Spa  -  Magic Spa signature face and body treatments
    Check prices

See all » 6 hotels in Tavira

  • Quinta da Colina 3 rooms from $87

    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.

    Swimming Pool  -  Created from the old irrigation tank with original well and water wheel feature on the terrace. 5m x 5m
    Full of character  -  Retaining original features giving a true taste of Algarvian style.
    Sights nearby  -  Only 6 minutes by car from Tavira
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
    Check prices
  • Fazenda Nova 10 rooms from $238

    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.

    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.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays, Mr & Mrs Smith
    Check prices