The Best Villa Rentals in Algarve, Portugal

Beaming on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean lie a number of tropical Algarve rental villas, where exotic sights, enviable interiors, modern amenities and decadent cuisines are only a few perks of this alluring travel destination.

Exploring the beautiful Algarve region involves strolling through the streets, eating delicious Portuguese food and spending loads of time on the many Algarve beaches.

The best way, however, to immerse yourself in this cultural abyss is to rent a villa in Algarve. And we’ve got just the villas for you!

If you’re looking for the perfect Algarve villa rental for a picture-perfect Algarve vacation, keep on reading!

Why should you consider Algarve rental villas?

Algarve in Portugal is a touristic and dynamic region that not only craves your attention but unashamedly demands it. This holiday destination has a number of local delights that require you to be in and around the hustle and bustle, which is why the best way to take it all is by basing yourself at one of the many Algarve rental villas.

Your villa will instantly grant you access to local cultural treats, the thriving nightlife, the beauty of the coastline and so much more – without having to venture out too far.

Better yet, villa rentals in Algarve, Portugal are plentiful. So, there is no need to worry that finding your ideal holiday villa will be an impossible task. The options are varied and vast, ensuring that there is a villa that meets your exact requirements. Some are located in private estates, others in gated resorts and a few decorated the Algarve’s coastline.

You will also notice that as a general rule of thumb, Algarve rental villas are not only affordable but known for being welcoming, spacious and inclusive of modern amenities. Whether you are looking for a chef-style kitchen, sun-soaked balconies that overlook the beachfront or an on-site swimming pool, Algarve’s rental villas will appease even the harshest of critics!

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Villa Rentals in Algarve, Portugal
Villa Rentals in Algarve, Portugal

The best villa rentals in Algarve, Portugal

We’ve covered the main regions in the Algarve, listing the best villa rentals in each destination, starting off with Albufeira.

Algarve villa rental in Albufeira

Vila Balaia – Luxury Villas Resort

Vila Balaia is a private modern villa is renowned for its manicured gardens, seaside views and nearby golf course that will appease all travellers – instantly. This attractive accommodation spot exudes opulence and comfort in the best way!

Book your stay at Vila Balaia.

Vila Balaia villa in Albufeira, Algarve
Vila Balaia villa in Albufeira, Algarve

Beira Mar CIP

Beira Mar CIP is a luxury beachfront villa that offers you immediate access to the most gorgeous sun terrace and a tranquil hiking trail that is in close proximity to the villa. This makes it the ideal location for those who enjoy exploring their surroundings.

Book your stay at Beira Mar CIP.

Algarve villa rental in Faro

Check out our guide for things to do in Faro with kids.

Casa Heikki

Casa Heikki is an incredibly charming villa that carefully balances local Portuguese style with contemporary aesthetics, that will have you feeling homely in mere seconds. With all-inclusive amenities like free Wi-Fi, a fully-equipped kitchen and a dishwasher, this villa has everything you could ever dream of!

Book your stay at Casa Heikki.

Seaview Villa

Built to accommodate six people, this Seaview Villa, has just been newly refurbished to embrace a more Mediterranean/Moroccan style, that is not only charming but highly impressive, making this villa is a definite hidden gem. Renting this villa will also give you one of the best views of the local Fisherman’s beach.

Book your stay at Seaview Villa.

Seaview Villa in Faro, Algarve
Seaview Villa in Faro, Algarve

Algarve villa rental in Lagos

Fazenda Viegas

For those who enjoy hosting people, Fazenda Viegas is the villa for you. With a generous garden space, barbeque area and an immaculate swimming pool on the property, hosting has never been easier. There is also a tennis court, beach volley court, a football field and a children’s playground!

Book your stay at Fazenda Viegas.

Fazenda Viegas in Lagos, Algarve
Fazenda Viegas in Lagos, Algarve

Vivenda Solmar

Perched above Porto de Mós Beach sits the one and only Vivenda Solmar. This villa is all about showcasing the natural surroundings, namely the crystal blues waters that surround it. Guests can embrace the sunshine with a fabulous outdoor pool, landscaped gardens and deck chairs that decorate the entire villa.

Better yet it is a mere 500m from the beach! 

Book your stay at Vivenda Solmar.

Algarve villa rental in Sagres

Cercado

Not only is Cercado a stone throw away from Mareta Beach, but it offers guests a fun outdoor escape with a number of adrenaline-pumping activities made available to guests. This villa also embraces a number of modern amenities including air conditioning, Wi-Fi and a fully equipped kitchen.

Book your stay at Cercado.

Villa Rentals in Algarve - Cercado
Cercado villa rental in Sagres, Algarve

Lux

This 3-bedroom villa will undoubtedly tick off all of your boxes as it includes a number of noteworthy features. Luz Villas are perfect for those looking to entertain as there is not only access to a gorgeous garden area with a barbeque, but a large swimming pool for some poolside fun.

Book your stay at Luz Villas.

Algarve villa rental in Monchique

Pestana Dom João Villas

If you are looking for a little escape in Algarve look no further than Pestana Dom João Villas. This high-end luxury villa has been designed with your utmost comfort in mind. Boasting a private fitness centre, contemporary on-site bar, opulent gardens, it is easy to see why this accommodation spot lands itself on every avid traveller’s list.

Book your stay at Pestana Dom João Villas.

Pestana Dom João Villas in Algarve
Pestana Dom João Villas in Algarve

Vivenda Cinco Palmeiras

Monchique is renowned for its gorgeous mountains, and Vivenda Cinco Palmeiras is taking advantage of it. The architecture of this villa is centred on showcasing this view, with the help of open terraces, 180-degree patios and as many glass features as possible. This holiday villa is also only 10km’s away from the Thermal Springs of Monchique.

Book your stay at Vivenda Cinco Palmeiras.

Algarve villa rental in Portimao

Villa Noemi

If you are looking for a European escape whilst still being in close proximity to essentials, Villa Noemi is for you. This picturesque accommodation offers you a secluded piece of the land whilst still granting you access to the nearby Aqua Portimao Shopping Center as well as the local Portimao Arena.

Book your stay at Villa Noemi.

Luxury Vau Beach Villa

Luxury Vau Beach Villa is all about allowing guests to leisurely taking in the great outdoors. With access to a magnificent crystal blue swimming pool, barbequing facilities and a sun terrace that is sure to be the envy of many, booking your stay here will have you instantly embracing the sun-soaked weather of Porimao.

Book your stay at Luxury Vau Beach Villa.

Luxury Vau Beach Villa in Portimao, Algarve
Luxury Vau Beach Villa in Portimao, Algarve

Looking into all of the villa rentals in Algarve is proof that there truly is a piece of tropical paradise for all of you, that will help usher in the beginning of one of your most memorable European adventures yet!

Visiting the Douro Wine Valley in Northern Portugal

We inch up the serpentine bends, pulling the car precariously close to the side of the narrow road closer to the river, as an SUV returning from the mountain, hurtles down in haste.

Below us lies a latticework of vines growing in schist rock terraces, arranged at pleasing angles.

As if splitting the mountain interface, the mighty Douro river carves its way, flowing between Portugal and Spain.

The river has witnessed the efforts of man and vine for more than 2000 years; in 1991 the Alto Douro was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site because of the long tradition of Port production and the resultant development in infrastructure in the area.

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Douro wine region
Douro wine region

Visiting the Douro wine valley

The Douro wine valley is as spectacular as they say, but even in the heat of summer, there are very few tourists. There are a number of rural houses across the river, some with a noble edge, and they cast ethereal shadows in the flat green waters. The terrain is unique and I feel a growing curiosity about the history and people who live and work here. 

While the grapes for some incredibly good table wines, of which we have had the pleasure over three months of living in Portugal to sample, are grown here in the Douro, the region is most famous for excellent Ports or fortified wines.

In picturesque Oporto which lies at the basin of the Douro, you will see prominent signs advertising the names of Port wine cellars. Port is stored in these cool cellars, but in order to get there, trucks must traverse the precarious journey down. We are told that it isn’t uncommon during harvest season for more than one collision or for a truck to tragically take a tumble over the side.

In the old days, barrels of pressed grapes were transported by rabelo along the unpredictable Douro.

The Douro wine estates

At various estates or quintas, you may still find rudimentary chapels built in the old style – these were houses of worship where the stewards of those small vessels would come to pray for safe passage.

At Quinta do Crasto, we are taken up to admire the views of the valley from the pool area before our tasting commences and the eye is tricked into believing the pool flows into the Douro river. 

It is here that we are reminded what we have been told before, that as popular as Port is, it isn’t so with the Portuguese. Rather, it’s an English custom that seems to live on; naturally much of the port produced is for export. The Douro developed the first appellation system, a wine classification to distinguish the three regions in which the grapes are grown. This was developed 200 years before the French system!

Later on at Quinta do Nova, we both agree that this could be the very spot for a renewal of wedding vows, except we both know we have family who wouldn’t commit to scaling the hills to get here. Lunch is an elaborate affair paired with the estate’s wines, under the shaded pergola.

After a day of exploring, Douro wine tasting (the driver must opt for sensibility, the roads aren’t worth the risk), and taking in views we head back to the beautiful CS Vintage House Hotel for a nap and a shower before dinner at Rui Paula’s DOC, a sleek and modern restaurant with an excellent reputation, on the water’s edge.

And tomorrow? We’ll blissfully do it all again!

Douro wine and port
Douro wine and port

Types of Port in Douro

Broadly, Port may be characterised into two types, wood and bottled aged. Wood-aged Ports include Ruby, Tawny and White. Glass-aged include Vintage and Crusted Ports. 

Port can be successfully paired with cheese, chocolate and cakes too.