Accommodation in the Algarve ranges from high rise resorts in places like Albufeira to traditional guesthouses, located in the small towns and villages surrounding the Algarve coast. Over the past 50 years the Algarve has seen an increase in development, particularly from non-Portuguese developers. Over the past few years many tourists visiting the Algarve have moved away from the resorts, and have chosen the comfort of a traditional Algarve guesthouse, many of these run by ex-pats from England, Holland, and Germany who have escaped to the Algarve for a higher quality of life.

Many nice places to stay in Algarve, like the Alvor village, a charming modern look hotel only 2 km from the beach. Vila Vita Parc is one of the finest resorts you can find. Placed harmoniously in the landscape over a large cliff, this resort has fantastic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Doubles from €370.

Luxury Hotels

– Vilalara Thalassa Resort (First Thalasso in Portugal), Praia das Gaivota, Alporchinhos, 8400-450 Porches, +351 289320728 (, fax: +351 282320702), [9]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Located by the sea where nature is found in its purest state, the Vilalara Thalassa Resort, with its expressive but tasteful architecture, is a place dedicated to well-being and the senses. (37º05’57”,8º22’49”)

– The Lake Spa Resort, Praia da Falésia – Apartado 811, 8126-910 Vilamoura, +351 289320728 (, fax: +351 289320 702), [10]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. … A place where the body and mind can find a perfect balance. Where aromas and flavours join the colours of nature. A luxury resort for a unique experience. In all senses. (37º 04′ 44,8º 07′ 35)

– Porto Bay Falésia, Quinta do Milharó, 8200-591 – Olhos dÁgua, Albufeira, ? +351 289 007 700, [11]. The 4 star hotel Porto Bay Falésia, owned by Porto Bay Hotels & Resorts, is the perfect place to recharge your batteries. Here you can spend your days walking on the beach, going out on a boat, swimming in the sea or pool or simply enjoying tropical flavours while taking in the breathtaking views. Why not come and relax…

Hotel Garbe (Algarve golf and beach hotel in the Algarve), Avenida Marginal, Armacao de Pera 8365-909, +351 282 320260 (, fax: +351 282 315087); checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Commanding a prime beachfront position with stunning panoramic views over the bay of the Algarvean village of Armacao de Pera, the hotel lies within strolling distance of shops, restaurants and entertainment. It is also an excellent base from which to explore the Algarve.