The Algarve, PortugalThe Algarve is undoubtedly Portugal's most popular tourist destination, and it's not hard to see why. Stretching along the country's south coast, the Algarve offers a bit of everything, from picturesque, white-washed villages perched on the hillside to the vibrant nightlife of lively Lagos, not to mention a 150km coastline of golden beaches, including the stunning Praia da Marinha. Here are's top five villas in the Algarve.

Lagos Villas

Book Casa de Moura, Lagos, PortugalOur first villa in Lagos is Casa da Moura, a gorgeous nineteenth-century manor house with spacious, beautifully appointed rooms, wooden-beamed ceilings, wide passageways and stone floors.

Dating back to 1892 when it belonged to a local wealthy family, this romantic villa is full of history, and nowadays the owners try to reflect a taste of the Algarve's Moorish past with furniture and fittings imported from Morocco.

Positioned close to the seafront, many of the guestrooms have balconies, and facilities include a swimming pool and a sunny terrace where a delicious breakfast is served.

Book Villa Minerva, Lagos, PortugalOur second Lagos villa is Villa Minerva, which comes highly recommended by past guests.

Situated in a peaceful location on the outskirts of the city, this intimate property has just four well-equipped en-suite guestrooms, and is ideal for a relaxing holiday, with a large swimming pool surrounded by lush gardens.

Villa Minerva is located very close to the Boavista Golf Resort, which boasts a health and fitness spa, tennis courts and a beautiful beach, as well as an eighteen-hole championship golf course.

Faro Villas

Book Casa Charneca, Faro, PortugalCasa Charneca is a charming guesthouse offering luxury accommodation just north of Faro, in the secluded mountain area of Santa Barbara de Nexe.

The en-suite guestrooms feature a modern design scheme with stylish furniture and facilities including air conditioning, TV and DVD. Most also have a sitting area and terrace with great panoramic views.

A healthy breakfast is served on the terrace by the swimming pool. Amenities include a sauna and a Jacuzzi, and massage treatments are available on request.

Albufeira Villas

Book Residencial Santa Eulália, Albufeira, PortugalResidencial Santa Eulália is a friendly guesthouse located close to the stunning Santa Eulália Beach, just three kilometres from the historic centre of Albufeira.

The attractive building was designed in the traditional Arabic style of the region, and features twenty-four guestrooms, all with a private balcony, air conditioning and satellite television, among other facilities.

A popular holiday spot all year round, Albufeira is a lively town and has a marina and several golf courses, as well as numerous bars and restaurants.

Tavira Villas

Book Casa Vale del Rei, Tavira, PortugalOur recommended villa in Tavira is Casa Vale del Rei, a restored farmhouse perched on a hilltop and surrounded by orange groves, with sweeping views to the sea.

This Algarve villa is located just five minutes from the centre of Tavira and five minutes from the unspoilt Cabanas Beach. Three golf courses can be found nearby and there are a number of outdoor activities available, including horse riding, tennis and kite surfing.

All of the light and airy rooms at Casa Vale del Rei are equipped with en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning, and a full breakfast is included in the rates.

To find out more about travel in the Algarve see the official tourism website for the Algarve at, or for information on Portugal in general, go to

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By: Eleanor Brown

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