Visitors exploring Portugal should make more than a stop in Faro. A charming, historic city and the regional capital of the Algarve, it is a port of call full of captivating attractions and surrounded by a breathtaking natural landscape. Luckily, Faro is near many of the Algarve’s comfortable, unique, and luxurious hotels, so spending a weekend (or longer) is easy to do. Here are The Culture Trip’s suggestions for the best hotels in and around Faro, Portugal.
The Quinta dos Poetas is a beautiful four-star hotel with 30 guestrooms that is snuggled in the Algarve countryside. Located approximately 10 kilometers (six miles) from Faro, it is an excellent spot for travelers who prefer swapping the beaten path with peace and tranquility. On those lazy days when the short drive to the coast and the city seems a little longer, guests can enjoy the hotel’s outdoor pool, sun terrace, and garden.
The Algarve is an excellent destination for golf enthusiasts and The Magnólia Hotel in Almancil is one of the region’s best adults-only golf and spa hotels. Slightly retro with a 1950s design, this beautiful boutique hotel offers a complete range of modern amenities, 84 guest rooms, a heated outdoor pool, a full-service spa, and a health club. It is also near the coast and midway between Faro and the chic town of Vilamoura.
Convento was once a safe house for local working women, but today it is a beautiful white-washed boutique hotel offering nine rooms over three floors, a sunlight-filled courtyard, and a rooftop terrace, just 20 minutes drive from Faro. Located near Olhão’s historic fish market, it is surrounded by a plethora of opportunities for dining on some of the area’s best fresh fish.
The Pousada Palácio de Estoi is a luxury monument hotel located in a small village called Estoi. Built in the 18th century, the pink rococo-style building was once a palace and today it offers 63 spacious guest rooms (including suites), a full-service spa, an indoor and outdoor pool, a tropical shower, and beautiful French gardens. History lovers may also appreciate the resort’s proximity to the ancient ruins of the Milreu Roman villa.
Guests wanting to immerse themselves in affluent surroundings may fall in love with the Conrad Algarve, a luxury resort in Almancil, Portugal, approximately 15 kilometers (nine miles) north-west of Faro and four kilometers (2.5 miles) from world-class golfing at the Vale do Lobo courses. The resort boasts 154 apartment suites, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, beach cabanas, a spa center, an indoor and outdoor pool, and childcare services. A special highlight is one of the best fine dining experiences in Faro at the sophisticated Michelin-star Gusto, one of the hotel’s three restaurants.
This bed & breakfast, located north of Faro, is a favorite breakfast spot in the Algarve and a relaxing countryside retreat. Stay for a night or a weekend in one of the three bedrooms inside this 100-year-old farmhouse and enjoy a deluxe spread of seasonal fruits and freshly homebaked bread in the morning. When you’re not exploring the area, enjoy the Winniehill’s outdoor pool, sun terrace, and pool house equipped with TV and games.