Hip Apartments in the Algarve, Portugal, You'll Want to Call Home

Relax in the privacy of your own space with a stay at an apartment on your next trip to the Algarve
Relax in the privacy of your own space with a stay at an apartment on your next trip to the Algarve | Courtesy of Casa Azul Sagres – Rooms and Apartments / Expedia
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8 January 2021

The Algarve, the summer playground of Portugal, is famed for pristine beaches backed by burnt-orange cliffs carved by the Atlantic Ocean. Whether you’ve come to laze on the sands or explore traditional towns with churches and stone forts, stay in one of these top holiday apartments to make yourself at home.

Aparthotel Vila Luz

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Vila Luz lies on a hillside atop the dramatic Algarve coastline. Set in the west near Lagos, the apartments are named for the beach beneath, where you can soak up the Portuguese sun. Many of the studios and two-bed apartments offer tempting glimpses of the ocean from their balconies or terraces, which are set in landscaped gardens. When you’re not at the beach, make use of the pool terrace with a separate kids’ area, games room and bar.

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Novochoro Apartments

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Albufeira is the most popular tourist haunt in the Algarve, packed with seafront restaurants, a heady bar scene and tiled streets lined with white-washed buildings. At Novochoro Apartments, you’ll be within touching distance of the city, yet able to retreat to a tranquil apartment when you need some peace and privacy. Choose from one- or two-bed units set around an outdoor pool and bar, or ask about the nearby villas, which sleep up to five.
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São Rafael Villas, Apartments and GuestHouse

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Looking for something lavish? Book Villa V – one of the more luxurious options in this collection of private rentals – for a flower-filled garden with heated pool, kitchen and three en-suite bedrooms, one with a hot tub. Premium and superior villas aren’t too shabby either, offering bedrooms with ocean-view balconies and a communal pool. All apartments lie steps from São Rafael Beach, which is sheltered by cliffs and known for its calm, clear waters.

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Praia da Lota Resort – Apartments

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Families will love the facilities at Praia da Lota Resort. There’s something to keep everyone busy, from playing table football in the games room to cycling along coastal paths or lounging on the private beach of Praia da Lota. Adults can play tennis or take a decompressing yoga class before chilling with the family around the child- and adult-friendly pools. Apartments are decorated in warm colours with tiled floors and wooden furniture.

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Apartments Vale de Carros

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There’s a resort vibe at this contemporary apartment complex, which hosts nightly entertainment at the pool bar including bingo, karaoke and quizzes. Daytime activities feature tennis and pampering at the spa, or you can head to nearby Falesia Beach, which stretches over 6km (4mi) and is backed by jagged cliffs. Studios and one-bed apartments come with kitchens and balconies, plus there’s a spacious family studio that sleeps four.

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Baluarte da Vila Apartments

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For a touch of Portuguese culture, stay at this 19th-century manor holiday house. The property lies within the old town walls of Lagos and has been carefully refurbished to showcase original features, including Santa Catarina tiles, rooftop terraces and a chalk-white stone façade. The building is split into five studios and 15 one-bed apartments; the best come with terraces that provide views over the city centre and bay.

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  • Tonel Apartments

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    The wild, western coast of the Algarve is home to Sagres, famous for soaring cliffs and an imposing fort, which sits at the southwesternmost point of mainland Europe. Experience this less touristy part of the Algarve by checking into Tonel Apartments, set in Vincentian Coast Park just five minutes from Tonel Beach. Apartments have up to four bedrooms and come with balconies that frame ocean views or look over the garden, which has a pool.

    Sol a Sul Apartments

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    The large salt-water swimming pool is the crowning glory of Sol a Sul Apartments, which occupies a prime position in the heart of Albufeira, just three minutes from the wide, curvy beach. You can easily stroll into the Old Town or onto the sands from these sunny apartments, which cater for up to six people and come with modern kitchenettes, living spaces and a furnished balcony for al fresco dining.

    Casa Azul Sagres – Rooms and Apartments

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    Larger groups or families will find Casa Azul Sagres ideal for an Algarve holiday, with apartments that sleep up to five guests. Studios on the ground floor have an inviting outside area, while the one- and two-bed apartments feature terrace barbecues and kitchens for leisurely group meals, as well as handy family amenities such as a washing machine. The apartments lie on the coast of windswept Sagres, not far from Lagos.

    Oasis Beach Apartments

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    Praia da Luz offers a more authentic slice of Portuguese life, with a village full of fishermen’s cottages. Expect typical Algarve architecture at Oasis Beach Apartments, from a signature chalk-white facade with aqua-blue trim to traditional wooden furniture and locally made floor tiles. Studios and one-bed apartments come with kitchenettes and are set around a central, sparkling pool surrounded by sunbeds and a separate whirlpool.

    These recommendations were updated on January 8, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.