Ah, the Algarve… that particular, well-being, light, the long stretches of scorched buttery sands, the blue waters washing against the golden limestone cliffs; the smell of sizzling fresh fish, drizzled with local olive oil and the clap of storks sitting atop the squat olive trees that line the winding roads. There is a wealth of magic in this region, hidden beaches where fishermen still mend their nets, small whitewashed Portuguese villages where the only sound is the ringing church bell, and vineyards where the You can stay to taste the wine from the vines around you, immersed in the terroir. And then there’s the bustling Algarve, where warm nights are filled with music, cocktails and beach parties, days of surfing or horse riding. There is something for everyone in this region and below you will find the best hotels to do so.
Quinta de Cima houses
Opened this summer, the nine small cottages (with bedroom, living room with kitchenette, bathroom and large terrace) of this agricultural estate offer space and tranquility in the deeply rural eastern Algarve. The beach is steps away, through the orange and lemon trees, past the pool and the prettiest honesty bar ever. Like its highly acclaimed siblings Pensão Agricola and Hospedaria, interiors mix touches of luxury with retro design and a pleasing overall simplicity. From here you can ride up to Cacela Velha in time for their harvest of fresh oysters, which you can eat in the shade of the old church tower, while your horse waits. Doubles from £145 including breakfast.