Holidays to Estoi take you to the real Portugal. This quiet village gives you both rural beauty and easy access to bigger towns – it’s the ideal base for exploring the Algarve.
An authentic destination
You’ll find this traditional village in the foothills of the Serra do Caldeirão, in Portugal’s Algarve. It’s a laid-back place, with cobbled streets leading to a square dotted with cafés, and a church. It’s home to some stunning buildings, including the 18th-century Palácio de Estói, a top-notch example of Rococo architecture. You’ve also got Roman ruins to explore.
Access to sandy beaches
Your nearest beach is Praia de Faro, 14 kilometres away. This long stretch of sand is Faro’s main beach, so it’s got plenty of amenities. As well as loungers and umbrellas to rent, you’ve got shops, bars and restaurants along the seafront prom. It’s technically an island – though you can get here by road. It’s a neat arrangement – there’s one side for swimming and another for watersports.
Daytrips to Faro
You’re just 10 kilometres from the Algarve’s capital. There’s lots to see here, not least a church decorated floor-to-ceiling with human bones. Other, less macabre, sights include the walled old town, with its museum and cathedral. And there are no shortage of cafés and places to eat, particularly in the cobbled squares near the Manuel Bivar gardens, and down by the marina.