10 rooms from £152 per night
Photo of Forte de Sao Joao de Barra

“A magnificent 17th century fort, turned eco guesthouse, overlooking Ilha de Cabanas. Rooms are simple and chic, with high vaulted ceilings, exposed brick walls, carved wood beds and crisp linens. Gardens and terraces perched on the ancient walls overlook the bay of Cadiz. An unforgettable stay.”

“A magnificent 17th century fort, turned eco guesthouse, overlooking Ilha de Cabanas. Rooms are simple and chic, with high vaulted ceilings, exposed brick walls, carved wood beds and crisp linens. Gardens and terraces perched on the ancient walls overlook the bay of Cadiz. An unforgettable stay.”

Recommended For

  • Eco break
  • Restored in as eco-friendly a fashion as possible, using natural building materials, solar panels and fans instead of AC
  • Back to Nature
  • An escape back to nature- sandwiched between olives groves, the Ria Formosa nature park and the bay of Cadiz
  • Great walks
  • You are spoilt for choise here- pick between the gardens, the beach, the nature reserve and the town!
  • Hotel boats for hire
  • The hotel's boat is for hire and can be used to explore the incredible Ria Formosa Nature Reserve
  • Cycling
  • Rent a bike and head off to explore the coast, or the ancient and picturesque town of Tavira
  • Birdwatching
  • Thanks to the nature reserve behind the fort, this area teams with birdlife
  • Watersports
  • The beach offers everything from canoeing to kite-surfing
  • Restaurant
  • Breakfast only
  • Eco
  • Rooms with balcony/terrace
  • Outstanding location
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Full of character
  • Secluded setting
  • Views
  • On the beach
  • Seaviews
  • B+B
  • Landmark
  • Historic
  • In/by a Nature Reserve
  • Antiques
  • Child friendly
  • Wellbeing
  • Traditional
  • Charming
  • Romantic

Facilities

  • Restaurant
  • Breakfast only
  • Airport transfer
  • Extra charge
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Towelling robes
  • Parking
  • Bar
  • Rooms with balcony/terrace
  • Outdoor dining
  • No pets
  • Bicycle hire
  • Air conditioning
  • Swimming Pool
  • Garden
  • Child friendly
  • Suites
  • Wifi
  • Views

Activities

  • Great walks
  • You are spoilt for choise here- pick between the gardens, the beach, the nature reserve and the town!
  • Hotel boats for hire
  • The hotel's boat is for hire and can be used to explore the incredible Ria Formosa Nature Reserve
  • Cycling
  • Rent a bike and head off to explore the coast, or the ancient and picturesque town of Tavira
  • Birdwatching
  • Thanks to the nature reserve behind the fort, this area teams with birdlife
  • Watersports
  • The beach offers everything from canoeing to kite-surfing

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"Set within a Napoleonic fort just a few metres from the sea, this beautiful 10-room hotel is a haven of calm and good taste."

Originally published by The Guardian (view article)