Here, in this lesser-explored part of the Algarve, just 45 minutes from Faro but a world away from the tourist hordes, sits a stylish and welcoming place to stay. An imposing sight on the waterfront, Grand House Algarve is a classic yet chic hotel, and is credited with starting Algarve tourism in the early 20th century when it was the most refined hotel in the area. Fast forward to today and the hotel still exudes glamorous old-world charm with original Art Deco features, but its light and spacious rooms are the height of contemporary style. This is further evident with the stylish place-to-be rooftop cocktail bar and the cool beach club which comes with an infinity pool, live jazz sets and freshly grilled fish specials.
Take time to explore the unspoilt area around the hotel. In the nearby Moorish fishing village of Cacela Velha, time appears to have stood still. Discover the pretty church and the remains of an 18th century fort, enjoy panoramic clifftop views, or take the ferry to the sweeping beach. Back at Grand House Algarve, relax at the rooftop bar where you see across the water to Spanish territory. It’s easy to skip across to Spain by boat for a tapas lunch. You could even fly back from Seville, just under two hours away, and experience the thrill of a dual-country getaway.
Grand House Algarve - Portugal
Set on the most eastern tip of Portugal and described by some as the last unexplored corner of Europe, Vila Real de Santo Antonio is a tranquil, laid back Portuguese town located on the Rio Guadiana, the river that divides Spain and Portugal.