Even being the capital of southern Portugal’s Algarve region, Faro is an underrated resort city that most visitors in the country are missing. One of the greatest things that make this city so peculiar is its wonderful lagoons of the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa and its nearby beaches and islands. Only for this, the place is worth a visit and in this article, we’ll look at 12 great accommodations nearby the seafront and the Faro’s lagoons for a mesmerizing stay close to nature in this wonderful part of Portugal.
Read on to find out about the best places to stay in Faro, Portugal:
Hotels near the seafront
If you are wondering where to stay in Faro, you might want to consider this luxury hotel just a few steps away from the beach. The Hotel Quinta do Lago is the only seafront 5-star unit in Quinta do Lago in the Ria Formosa Natural Park, where you’ll access the beach in a little 9-minute walk. As a guest of the hotel, you’ll furthermore enjoy having access to an exclusive sandy beach for a quiet and calm sunny bath far from the rush of the touristic and crowded places. Featuring elegantly decorated rooms, marble bathrooms, private balconies, and all the other conveniences, the spacious hotel also offers outdoor and indoor heated pools, a spa, golf courses, a magnificent garden, and several restaurants where guests will enjoy traditional Algarvian, fine Venetian cuisine and champagne or a cocktail on an open-air terrace with panoramic views in an intimate atmosphere.
About 15 minutes away from The islands of Armona, Culatra and Farol, the 5-star Real Marina Hotel & Spa overlooks the Ria Formosa Nature Park and Marina with its sandy beaches and nature. Offering luxurious fully-furnished and well-decorated rooms, the hotel features gym, indoor and outdoor pools with panoramic sea views coming along with a Real Spa Therapy, which features 10 treatment rooms, a hot tub, a sauna, and a Turkish bath. Moreover, the Real Marina Hotel’s restaurants will please you with their local and international gourmet dishes while two bars will bring you a wide variety of drinks and light snacks.
Airbnbs by the beach
Hotels are not the only Faro accommodations that you can enjoy. If you’re in for a different stay, try this Airbnb consisting of a bedroom that’s equipped with a double bed and a shared bathroom. It is located on the ground floor of a building literally by the sea and has almost direct access to the wonderful Faro Beach. Here, up to two people will enjoy nice vacations in a comfy and quiet place featuring a rooftop terrace for sunny lunches with an amazing view. Furthermore, being close to the beach doesn’t mean you’ll be far from all the conveniences (such as restaurants, supermarkets, cafes, and beach facilities) that are just around the corner of the place. If you’re looking for surf, windsurf canoeing, or simply pure relaxation by the sea; this is the place for you!
Vassilya Room! Sand is 2 Steps awayFaro, Portugal
Top guest reviewslovely room outer private courtyard garden and a cess to beachthe room would benefit from a small fridge and tvfor example it would have been nice to have shower gel and shampoo in the bathroomthe room is very well located on a beautiful beach and the view from the top terrace is splendidhas a shower in the yard perfect when you come back from the beachclean and easy to findthe place was clean and neatquite place clean and cosythe room is clean and comfortableclean near the sea and comfortable
Host:joao was very responsive and keen to help at all timesjoao and his team were very kind and helpful and responded quicklythe host replies you pretty quickly for everythingjoao was really helpful and the place is as describedwe bumped into joao when we arrived and he was very helpful in recommending local restaurants and excursionsRead more reviewsthe location could not be easier to get to and more perfectly situatedamazing location a few steps away from the beachgreat place and great locationnice rooftop and nice locationnice stay and beautiful location
Directly located on the dune, 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) away from the end of the beach and 30 meters (98 feet) from the Ocean, the Kasia’s house offers to its guests, beautiful sea view from the upstairs bedroom from where you’ll feel like at the edge of the world. Here you’ll explore the island as after the little fisherman’s village is only empty dunes with natural vegetation where you can enjoy being alone. Far from the rush of Faro, the cozy house is nonetheless a 25-minute drive away from the city center and at a short distance from grocery stores and bars. This accommodation is definitely the one for those looking for calm and relaxing vacations in harmony with the surrounding nature.
The Kasias' house
Price: from 111 USD
Number of Guests: 5
Located in the Natural Park of Ria Formosa, only 10 meters (32 feet) from the sea you will not find a better location where you could taste the perfect tranquility of the Faro Beach. Easily accessible by the airport, train, or bus station, you’ll appreciate staying in this great accommodation far and close to everything at the same time! This cozy apartment consists of a living room, one bedroom with a double bed, and a sofa bed in living room, kitchen, and bathroom, for a pleasant and comfortable stay for up to three guests.
Bandaya Apt! Best LOCATION Faro BeachFaro, Portugal
Top guest reviewsunbelievable apartment with an amazing viewthere is also a few a/c units in the condo which allows for extra comfortit had everything we needed and especially the sofa in the appartment is so comfortablea/c worked beautifully and this apartment is literally on the other side of the beach's wall perimeterthe app is very clean and modernvery clean with nice lounge and kitchen spacethe house was especially clean and brightthis apt was clean with a large kitchen and comfortable bedthe place is small but stylish and very clean
Host:joao was very helpfulthe transfers were also very helpful and efficientgreat place & very communicative hosthe sent a very helpful welcome note upon booking helping us plan our itinerary prior to arrivalthe host or his associates were available to help all the time on the messengerRead more reviewsthe location is amazingthe location was amazingamazing location and extremely accommodatingclose to great restaurants and grocery stores as neededthe great location is the best value
Making it to the list of the best places to stay in Faro is a homey studio located in a fishing village on an island that is considered one of the most beautiful beaches of the Ria Formosa, the Culatra Island. This rental is only a 5-minute walk from the ferry pier and 10 minutes from the beach. It has three beds and a bath that’s perfect for up to three guests. It also has a kitchen where you can cook the fresh produce from market halls at the harbor. If you want to explore more local and exotic products, be sure to drop by the farmers’ and gypsy markets available every Saturday. As the island is car-free, you can enjoy walking the town center, try out different bars and restaurants, and pull great deals from local shops.
Ilha da CulatraFaro, Faro District, Portugal
Top guest reviewsi particularly enjoyed the well-equipped outdoor kitchen with a huge selection of pots and pansit is a nice house cozy comfortable clean and what you may need is present
Host:the island is quiet the people are friendly and the beach is superbRead more reviewsthe location is fantastic the lagoon the beach phenomenalgood location full equipment spacious rooms warm welcome nice beach everything was perfect
If you are taking your family with you on your Faro vacation, this island house in Culatra Island is ideal for you. Having three bedrooms, this house can accommodate up to eight guests. It is equipped with a full kitchen, ironing facilities, a fresh supply of linens, a TV, and WiFi. Outside, you’ll find a covered patio where you can dine al fresco. This rental is also well-located that it will only take you a minute to get to the supermarket, another two minutes to the beach, and five minutes to the ferry.
Island HouseFaro Municipality, Faro District, Portugal
Top guest reviewsRead more reviewswonderfull simple place to have a real paradise timeout on culatra island
Located in the village Bordeira, just 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) from the beautiful beach of Faro, Yvette’s cottage is quietly situated on a hill of the Portuguese Algarve and has stunning views of the cities of Faro, Olhão, the surrounding hills and the ocean. Here, you’ll appreciate being cut off the outside world for a calm, peaceful and relaxing holiday surrounded by nature (the nearest house is around 100 meters (328 feet) away).
Private hill top hide out with sea viewFaro, Portugal
Top guest reviewsas for the amenities we made good use of the kitchen and even washed some clotheshaving breakfast in the wintergarden makes february feely like julyeveryday we enjoyed the amazing view while having breakfast on the terracewonderful location stunning views cozy and comfortable little houseit's nice to have a choice of seating areas inside the house in the sun room and outside
Host:yvette was a great host with quick responses and very flexible on checkin and checkout timesand yvette is a great host we had a phantastic staythe host was very nice and let us have an early check-inthe owners were not on the place but we had a good conversation by mailsyvette and gaspard were very responsive and helpful at all timesRead more reviewsset away in a rural location this is the ideal getawaythe location is just something amazinggreat location to relax and unwindsmall but well equipped and practical house in the best location imaginablegreat place and just wish we had more time there
VBRO accommodations on the coast
Spend your holiday in this lovely home located in Culatra Island, a fishing island voted as the most beautiful beach on the Algarve. The house, which is located ten minutes from the beach, can sleep up to four guests in its two bedrooms with a double bed each. It also has a full bath and a well-equipped kitchen. You can enjoy great views of the island and the sea from its roof terrace. For supplies, feel free to stroll around the island and hop from one supermarket to another to buy what you need. You’ll easily find fresh produce but make sure to order fresh bread a day ahead. You need to go on a 20-minute ferry ride to reach Culatra Island from Olhao.
Ilha culatra, voted best beach on the Algarve. Traditional fishing island.Olhao, Faro, PT
This 753-square-foot (69.96-square-meter) beach retreat is a refurbished original Armona Island home. Having two bedrooms with a double bed each plus an additional sofa bed, this rental can easily sleep up to six guests. The house has a full kitchen equipped with up-to-date appliances and stocked with all the cooking essentials. Staying in this rental means being two minutes away from Ria Beach, five minutes away from the ferry dock, and fifteen minutes away from the Atlantic. There is plenty of outdoor space for your family including a covered patio and a garden fitted with seating furniture.
Charming Beach Cottage, Armona Island, Free WiFi
The renovated and totally equipped house is located by the seaside and can host up to three guests in well-furnished rooms. The accommodation, consisting of a living room, two bedrooms, a kitchenette and a bathroom, also features two balconies with terrace tables and chairs for great friends and family meals while enjoying the amazing view of the Ria Formosa Natural Reserves and the ocean just 15 meters (50 feet) away.
Amazing beach apartment
Price: from 86 USD
Number of Guests: 2
Located in Fuseta, a beautiful village 10 kilometers (6 miles) away from Faro, this 70 square meters (753 square feet) apartment with panoramic views over the whole area can accommodate up to four people. The house contains two bedrooms with double bed, a bathroom with bath, living room and a kitchen, this is the ideal accommodation for nature lovers looking for a leisure walk in the lagoon as the natural park is only a 5-minute walk away, as the many shops, markets, restaurants, pharmacy, beaches, and other conveniences. This is a good choice if you’re looking for where to stay near Faro.
Apartment in Fuseta for 2-4 people 800 meters from the beachFuseta, PT
Enjoy staying nearby the ocean!
With these 8 accommodation deals located just a few steps from the Atlantic ocean and the wonderful Ria Formosa of the Faro’s surroundings in southern Portugal, you’ll be delighted to have a privileged and intimate access to the rich and beautiful nature that makes this region worth a holiday!
Frequently asked questions about the best places to stay in Faro, Portugal
1. Which accommodations in Faro are good for families?
Faro is a great destination for memorable family vacations. To make sure you find accommodations in Faro that are good for families, we recommend booking a stay in the Island House or in a lovely home with a view in Culatra Island.
2. Which accommodations in Faro have a spa?
3. Which accommodations in Faro have a pool?
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