The Best Beach Resorts in Portugal
Ready for some green wine on the beaches of the Algarve?
Vinho Verde (or green wine) might not actually look green, but Portugal’s slightly effervescent local wine is the most delicious way to cool off here in the summer. Pair your Vinho Verde or Sagres beer with seafood straight from the Atlantic waters and you’re doing your vacation right in Portugal’s Algarve region.
Portugal beach resorts have long been a favorite summer destination for Europeans…. and Americans are beginning to discover why.
With miles of dramatic, rocky coastline interrupted by long, sandy beaches, Portugal’s beach resorts are a dreamy vacation spot for families, couples, or young adults.
The Algarve region in the south of Portugal is best explored by car — click here to search cheap car rentals for your trip!
Here are our top picks for the best beach resorts in Portugal:
- Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel, Sagres
- Vila Joya, Albufeira
- Epic Sana Algarve Hotel, Albufeira
- Vilalara Thalassa, Porches
- Tivoli Carvoeiro Algarve Resort, Carvoeiro
Roundtrip flights to Lisbon start at just $300 roundtrip from the United States!
Top 5 Portugal Beach Resorts
1. Martinhal Beach Family Resort & Hotel, Sagres
Certainly on the expensive end at around $800 per night, the 5-star Martinhal Beach Resort and Hotel is well worth the cost if you can afford it. Great for families, the Martinhal is a stunning resort that makes sure to incorporate family-friendly additions at every turn. Diaper pails, a top-of-the-line Kid’s Club, 5 separate swimming pools, and a playground are among the perks.
With everything from double rooms to two-bedroom villas, the Martinhal is tucked amidst the beautiful cliffs of Sagres in the Algarve and is one of the best beach resorts in Portugal.
2. Vila Joya, Albufeira
With the tagline “Home, Restaurant & Spa,” Vila Joya truly seeks to succeed in all three areas. This 4-star Portugal Beach Resort has rooms from $230 per night.
One of Algarve’s most hedonistic resorts, Vila Joya has a stunning spa, luxe suites, and a 2-Michelin Star restaurant. Vila Joya’s restaurant has previously placed in the top 50 on the World’s Best Restaurant list (2012-2014). It was also named the World’s Best Culinary Hotel in 2017 by the Boutique Hotel Awards.
3. Epic Sana Algarve Hotel, Albufeira
Epic Sana stuns guests with its tranquil atmosphere and stylish decor. The beach is just a short walk for guests who choose the sandy coast over the resort’s 3 outdoor pools.
The 5-star Epic Sana’s amenities include a fitness center, tennis court, an indoor pool and spa, and a hammam. It’s highly rated by both families and couples. Rooms average around $350/night and guests highly rate Epic Sana as one of the best beach resorts in Portugal.
4. Vilalara Thalassa, Porches
Vilalara Thalassa Resort provides direct access to a private golden sand beach and the hotel prides itself on being designed with your comfort in mind.
The 5-star Vilalara has a wide range of suites and apartments (all with comfortable balconies!) to suit any taste. Some junior suite rooms come with an in-room jacuzzi spa. Apartments with 1-3 expansive bedrooms are also available.
The resort is set on 27 acres of gardens beside the sea, with five swimming pools, and a wellness center that is home to “one of the five best Thalassotherapy Centers in the world and to a Longevity Medical Spa,” according to the resort.
Junior Suites start from around $200 per night.
5. Tivoli Carvoeiro Algarve Resort, Carvoeiro
Near a quaint little town, on a clifftop overlooking Praia do Vale Covo on the Algarve Coast, Tivoli Carvoeiro is a great choice for beach resort-goers looking for seclusion and views. A gorgeous cliff walk on the property is highly recommended by past guests.
The beach directly below the hotel is noted to be inaccessible, but other award-winning beaches are only a short walk away. Rooms average around $150 per night during the year. A good breakfast is also included making Tivoli Carvoeiro one of the best beach resorts in Portugal