Relax in the Algarve: best getaways from the busy beaches

Swimming Pool in the garden of Vila Monte Farm House - one of the best places where to stay in Algarve to relax

If you are looking for a place to stay in the Algarve and want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the beaches – know that there are many resorts, farm hotels, and charming places inland for you to stay and enjoy the best of southern Portugal.

In this list, we have selected the best getaways to stay in the Algarve, the southern region of Portugal, where you can enjoy moments of tranquility and rest, close to castles and archaeological sites and yet close to the best beaches in the region.

Also read: The main beaches and cities in the Algarve

Understanding the Algarve Region

The Algarve is one of the most popular destinations in Portugal. Despite being a small region, it enchants tourists from all over the world with its natural, cultural and gastronomic diversity. We like to divide Algarve into three main regions because their characteristics vary very much among them.

A map with pin markers showing the main cities in the Algarve

The West of the Algarve

The west of the Algarve is perfect for those looking for ecotourism. Much of the region is within a natural park – between traditional villages on the Costa Vicentina and unspoiled beaches, such as Sagres. One of the treasures of the western Algarve is Monchique, located on the highest point in the region.

The Center of the Algarve

The central region of the Algarve is the most developed and sought after in the region. But in addition to the trendy cities, it is possible to stay in real historic towns like Estói, Loulé and São Brás de Alportel.

Eastern Algarve

In the east of the Algarve, resorts and golf clubs abound, but the region also offers unique retreats to stay in the midst of historic villages, archaeological parks and lots of nature.

About accommodation in the Algarve: Prices and seasonality

In the Algarve, daily rates tend to vary a lot during the year, with much higher values in the summer period, the high season between May-August. However, many accommodations offer discounts for stays during the winter or for long periods.

Best accommodations to relax in the Algarve

Luxury Relax in Algarve

Vila Monte Farm House 

East Algarve

This five-star hotel has its rooms in the middle of an orange grove, has a restaurant that uses products from the farm itself and has several options for rural tourism. Vila Monte Farm House is close to the city of Olhão, in the central region of the Algarve.

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Pousada Palácio de Estói

East Algarve

Installed in a palace built in the 19th century in the city of Estói. The decoration of this five-star Hotel has contemporary furniture in the rooms and classic in the common areas giving it a unique charm.

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Monte Rei Golf & Country Club

East Algarve

Monte Rei mixes five-star service and the charm of the Algarve villas with their houses measuring 185 and 315 square meters. Vistas, the hotel’s international restaurant, has already been awarded and has a typical regional decoration.

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Boutique Hotels to Relax in Algarve

Monte Do Malhão – Art, Eco & Spa 

East Algarve

Close to the medieval city of Castro Marim, in the central region of the Algarve, Monte do Malhão combines a rustic atmosphere with pop decor and excellent service.

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The Crest 

Center Algarve

The Crest is one of the typical village hotels in the Algarve with spacious houses. It is an excellent option for those who want privacy and tranquillity close to Almancil and without giving up quality services.

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Herdade da Corte

East Algarve

Housed in a castle, Herdade da Corte has a rural colonial aspect and plenty of space to relax in the Tavira region.

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Simple and Cosy Accommodation to Relax in the Algarve

Quinta Pereiro Tropic Garden

East Algarve

A haven to the north of Moncarapacho, far from the cities and with a country atmosphere in its decoration, is a perfect place for those who want to rest and enjoy nature.

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Wild Oasis

West Algarve

With its rustic aspect in both decoration and furniture, Wild Oasis offers comfort and hospitality in a real hiding place close to Monchique.

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Casa da Tita 

Center Algarve

On the street at the edge of Salir, with its back full of nature, is the charming Casa da Tita that mixes the rural environment with the culture of the local village.

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Private Apartments to Relax the Algarve

Rural Apartment in Odiaxere

West Algarve

Inside a 23-hectare farm is a two-bedroom apartment with a village’s characteristics. The external common area with the other departments has several leisure areas, but the apartments are well isolated.

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Casa da Ponte

Center Algarve

Despite being in the center of Estói, the small town alone takes away from the hustle and bustle of the beaches and is close to a lot of nature and the ruins of Milreu. The apartment is modestly decorated but very friendly, and one of the accesses to the house is via a pedestrian bridge.

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B&B Estevas Desportivas

Center Algarve

If you’re looking for a real getaway in the Algarve, this B&B offers a glamping-style dome with 40m² in a small village called Esteval dos Mouros. Everything is well installed. With some touches of refinement like Egyptian sheets and air conditioning, TV, and coffee machines, the service includes breakfast, and the project encompasses several sustainable initiatives.

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Hostels to Relax in the Algarve

Good Feeling Hostel 

West Algarve

In the interior of the Algarve, hostels are rare, and Good Feeling is the best rated of them, with accommodations and furniture that give a rural touch with modernity. Its location allows the peace of the countryside, but with easy access to the beaches.

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