If you are looking for an adventurous, off-the-grid getaway with your kids, this is the place to be. Located in Portugal’s marvelous southwest coastal region, stretched out across 40 hectares of wild and rugged land, Dutchies Dave, Sonya, and Petra have built:
Picture a uniquely serene environment and an accompanying outdoor lifestyle that includes swimming in lakes, breathing in the limitless fresh air, and letting your kids cultivate their inner Tarzan or Jane by climbing tall trees and running through fields of lush grass. Add early morning yoga, pilates, or hiking, outdoor showers, and an astonishing lake view from your private home away from home enjoyed over a freshly prepared breakfast basket or dinner, et voilà: a perfect family stay if you ask us!
Your kiddo(s) will love the bunk beds and DIY pizza oven, and might even be tricked into taking a short trip to one of the beautiful beaches in the area. Hooked by now? We told you! Delicious dinners are optional during high season; don’t forget to hire a car – makes getting there a tad easier.
Feeling you could do with a bit of luxury this time? Then we have two stays that aren’t part of eco-hotels Algarve. We’d love to suggest the following properties:
Elegance, opulence, and exceptional service are just a few words one may use to describe this beauty of a hotel- and they welcome families too! This isn’t one of our eco-hotels in Algarve but it’s a fantastic place to stay if you wish to immerse yourself in some luxury.
There are plenty of activities for the kids to enjoy; get culinary by baking some cookies or sporty during a tennis lesson, unwind and play in the game room, or take a dip in the special kids’ pool (well-equipped with a plethora of toys). If you wish to mix it up a little while enjoying everything that Vila Monte has to offer on-shore, it is possible to visit nearby islands with the hotel’s private boat, packed with a picnic basket that you can later indulge in on the beach.
The grownups will love paying a visit to the market with the hotel chef, taking a morning tennis or yoga lesson, or enjoying a night at the romantic outdoor cinema (which screens all of your beloved classics). Our favorite? Oyster picking in the Ria Formosa Natural Park. It doesn’t get more idyllic than that, right?
Although the hotel is not part of the eco-hotels Algarve, it definitely has an eco-friendly side. The hotel’s two restaurants use only locally-sourced ingredients, most of which are grown in the hotel’s own garden. Vila Monte also uses eco-friendly cleaning products, toiletries, and lightbulbs.
Sarongs, beach bags, and sun hats are provided in your room, so you might want to pack light. The Junior Suite is perfectly suitable for families up to four, but can also be connected to another suite if more space is desired.
After a mere 25-minute drive from Faro airport, you’ll find that you’ll destress instantly when jumping into a pool with marvelous views nestled in the hills of 200-year-old Monte. This B&B, a remarkably serene oasis, offers five different rooms, each with a private terrace for you to enjoy with a freshly-brewed morning coffee or glass of wine at dusk. Planning on spending quality time and making unforgettable memories with your family and a large group of friends? Just your luck; the Farmhouse can be rented exclusively by groups of up to 14 people (and kids under 3 years old stay for free)!
We can guarantee that you will love spending your holiday relaxing and reading in the hammocks, playing and tanning by the pool, and socializing at the familial table over a light lunch or some tasty snacks (available in July and August). If a sudden urge to explore arises, beautiful ancient Loulé, Faro, and Tavira are just around the corner.
Best features? The honesty bar keeping you cool with splendid local wines, and the spacious rooftop equipped with a comfortable four-poster bed, perfect for star-gazing. Travel cots, baby baths and high chairs are available upon request.
First and foremost, we love Portugal’s (year-round) lovely climate, its extraordinary beaches, and the many fascinating ancient (coastal) villages rich with history and fresh seafood. But there is more!
As we strive to show you environmentally-friendly stays, we love the fact that the Algarve region is working towards becoming more and more sustainable. Controlled, cross-country eco-tourism (to the east of Faro and along the western Atlantic coast), serves to generate new sources of income whilst protecting wildlife and fauna; an achievable and realistic agreement with the economy is currently under discussion.
The Portuguese are exceptionally determined not to overdevelop their tourist regions and emulate mistakes made by their Spanish neighbors in regions like the Costa del Sol. The tourism industry attempts to orientate itself towards the upper end of the market, thus avoiding the deleterious effects of mass-tourism; this is something you will undoubtedly notice during your visit.
Although it’s certainly busy at times, most places remain unspoiled and not crammed with high-rise, concrete buildings. Initiatives such as the Residential tourism Conference (held in 2018), discuss and stress the importance of making the Algarve a sustainable destination.
Regardless of which part of the region you choose as your home-base, there are plenty of things to do and places to visit; it all comes down to what you feel like! Feel free to personally curate your vacation, with as many or as little activities as you desire. We’ve listed our favorites below, just in case.
If you are a fresh (sea)food lover, Portugal is your place to be. Many dishes are simple yet incredibly tasty- just like it should be!
The food market in Loulé is a must-visit! Start your daytrip with a freshly-brewed coffee on the adorable main square before roaming the plethora of stalls, filled with fresh, mouth-watering local products. Feeling like a sit-down meal? Our favorite lunch spot is Gigi da Praia. Despite being relatively pricey, the food (as well as the location and its vibe) are fantastic. Located amidst the hustle and bustle of lovely beach-fun, this is the perfect spot to enjoy a sunny afternoon, barefoot with a cold glass of wine in your hand, freshly-prepared seafood on the table, and countless stylish Portuguese locals in sight. Pure bliss!
Dos Pasos is also located right on the beach and is slightly less upscale. The menu, however, is just as great. Try the fried rice with chicken while sipping on a deliciously cold drink and marveling at the stunning ocean views. In the mood for a simple, yet tasty pizza or pasta? Try Casa Vostra; a stylish, family friendly restaurant with an adjoining boutique for beachy must-haves. This is the kind of place you visit for lunch, but end up staying at for dinner and drinks.
We at TRVLBEES love to browse eco hotels, local boutiques, markets and little shops for unique products and finds, and Portugal is perfect for just that! Faro has a beautiful historic city center and port to wander around in while enjoying some tasty ice cream. The municipality houses a great variety of adorable little shops, but for large-scale shopping you should visit the huge, air-conditioned shopping mall, which ‘houses’ several food courts and is the perfect solution for a hot day.
Do you desire an entire day away from your eco hotels? Then we’d definitely suggest taking a (long-ish) trip to Lisbon. This beautiful, ancient city is enjoyable in every possible way; from little shops to the big chains, from cozy bars to high-end restaurants.
Take one of the renowned, historic trams to see as many areas as you possibly can, and don’t forget to visit the Castelo de Sao Jorge (for the views) and Belem, to get a famous pasteis and visit the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos where you will find Vasco da Gama’s tomb. Quick stops at the beach along the way will keep your kid(s) happy too (Cascais, Estoril or Comporta are great)!
Tavira is praised as being one of the most beautiful towns in the region, so make sure to visit the so-called ‘Venice of the Algarve’ during your stay. The ancient buildings (in which you will see traditional Portuguese architecture combined with Moorish influences), the renowned historic sights, and the countless stunning beaches make this an excellent destination for a day-trip. Don’t forget to try the famous local octopus!
Olhão is another gem that cannot be skipped! Located in the middle of the Rio Formosa National Park, it boasts golden beaches and beautiful remains of Roman and Arabic buildings. Rumor has it that Olhão has the best seafood in the Algarve, so you’ll definitely need to go here for a lunch or an early dinner.
The coast of Tavira is located within the Rio Formosa National Park. As the beach is on Ilha de Tavira (the island of Tavira), it can only be reached by boat. Do check out some of the other islands around Faro; they are a great destination for a daytrip and will delight you with its astonishing sights and fresh (sea)food! (Ilha da Culatra, Ilha da Armona, Ilha da Barretta).
Praia da Falésia, located between Vilamoura and Albufeira is absolutely ravishing and, more importantly, child-friendly.
Quinta do Lago, where abovementioned restaurant Gigi Praia can be found, is also a superb spot to spend some long, lazy beach days. You can easily park your car and cross the long wooden bridge over the lagoon – it really doesn’t get more beautiful than this!
Interested in other stylish, sustainable & eco hotels Algarve? Please check out TRVLBEES regularly! We’re adding new finds all the time.