Portugal’s Algarve Coast is admired long and far for toeing the line between ancient and modern, laid-back and full of spirit. A quiet hotel on the southern coast provides a peaceful accompaniment to a holiday spent on the beach, or taking in the local flavor of the most happening coastal towns. The less-developed, wild-beached Western Algarve sets you up for a rejuvenating holiday, spent hiking through natural reserves, lounging in the sun, or exploring the ancient wonders of Portugal.
Where to stay at a quiet hotel on the Algarve?
Southern Coast: Coastal cities & pristine beaches
Whether the breathtaking port town of Lagos or happening Albufeira, the southern coast of the Algarve is primed for the ultimate beach vacation. A quiet hotel on the southern Algarve Coast ensures you have a peaceful place to come home to, away from the summer crowds and bustling resorts. Lagos will take you back to the Age of Discovery, on streets lined with memory of a bygone era. Old Lagos is filled with whitewashed buildings and is partly surrounded by 16th-century walls, evoking an atmosphere rich with history and cultural heritage. Albufeira is known for its lively nightlife and out-of-this-world beaches, like the world-ranked Praia da Falésia and Praia de São Rafael. The city and surrounding area have everything from a quaint old quarter to The Strip haven for nightlife to a myriad coastal caves to be explored by kayak or canoe.
Western Algarve: Wild coastlines & serene countrysides
In Portugal’s less-developed region, the Western Algarve, find relaxing spas, wild shorelines, and lush natural reserves primed for wandering by foot or by bike. A quiet hotel in Sagres promises ultimate serenity. Beachside and walking distance from the city’s best restaurants and bars, unwind with a view of the Sagres Fortress within peaceful interiors, all with a focus on wellness and establishing a space for resetting. The coastal town of Aljezur offers sightseeing, surfing, and unique beaches within the relaxing ambience of a small market town. Boasting seriously fine dining and drinking opportunities, in addition to an atmosphere imbued with the rich culture of the Portuguese, a quiet hotel in Aljezur is the perfect compliment to an enchanting stay. In the region of Faro, situated slightly inland from the coast, discover castles perched on rolling hills, sprawling citrus orchards, and a myriad hiking trails. Your quiet hotel tucked in the hills or outside of the western Algarve’s largest city, Portimão, promises true serenity, some offering outdoor pools, attached golf courses, and terrace restaurants.
Good to know:
Getting there: Faro Airport (FAO) is situated 2.5 miles from the center of Faro, the capital of Portugal, and is only about 3 hours from UK airports via most budget airlines and major English carriers. From there, take a bus or cab into the city, where you can catch cheap buses to anywhere in the Algarve. Portugal is deceptively small; your longest ride won’t be much more than 3 hours. Albufeira and Lagos are less than an hour drive, so taking a cab/booking a transfer to your hotel is also an option, if you don’t want to go into the city of Faro (the longer-distance buses/trains do not come to the airport, rather from within the city).