5 of the Best Hotels in Costa Vicentina + Insider Guide

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April 16, 2024
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5 of the Best Hotels in Costa Vicentina + Insider Guide

Known for its spectacular wild beaches, Costa Vicentina is a hikers’ and surfers’ paradise.

Due to its wild nature, it’s rare to find places to stay that are right on the beach, so a car is definitely recommended to explore all the amazing beaches in Costa Vicentina.

We have a special soft spot for this region on the Western Coast of the Algarve. We have carefully handpicked a selection of our favourite Boutique Hotels and Rural Guesthouses in Costa Vicentina alongside some recommendations for beaches, restaurants and activities.

This article is divided into the following parts:

Looking for the best hotels in Costa Vicentina? Scroll down for our top picks.

Praia do Canal Nature Resort
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Praia do Canal Nature Resort

Praia do Canal Nature Resort is a five-star spa hotel in Costa Vicentina. This eco-conscious retreat offers 56 serene rooms, ocean views, three restaurants, a bar, an infinity pool, a gym, and a spa. Choose from Deluxe Rooms, Junior Suites, or the more luxurious Grand Suite Rooftop with a plunge pool and the Family Suite with a private pool. Explore 220 hectares of nature, wellness treatments, or activities like hiking, surfing, and wildlife watching.

Praia do Canal Nature Resort is a boutique spa hotel situated amid a wild landscape within a 220-hectare nature reserve in Costa Vicentina.

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Amaria
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Amaria

Set in a former quinta (farm), Amaria is a boutique hotel situated in the pristine Costa Vicentina Natural Park, just a short drive from the town of Aljezur. Amaria offers 11 minimalist designed suites, all with their own private patio and garden views, alongside a spacious three-bedroom apartment. This is the kind of place you come to enjoy mornings filled with the sounds of the ocean and birdsong.

Set in a former quinta (farm), Amaria is a boutique hotel situated in the pristine Costa Vicentina Natural Park, near the town of Aljezur.

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Monte da Vilarinha
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Monte da Vilarinha

Monte da Vilarinha offers a peaceful stay in the Costa Vicentina Natural Park, with stunning valley views and proximity to wild beaches. Accommodations range from studios to three-bedroom houses, all with kitchen access and a swimming pool. Enjoy a locally-sourced breakfast by the poolside restaurant and outdoor adventures like surfing, canoeing, cycling and walking.

Monte da Vilarinha is a family-friendly rural guesthouse in Costa Vicentina with commanding views over the surrounding valley.

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The Lemon Lodge
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The Lemon Lodge

The Lemon Lodge, nestled between Monchique's hills and Costa Vicentina's wild beaches, is an off-grid farmstead in rural Algarve. Founded by eco-conscious friends, it offers unique, eco-friendly accommodations near Aljezur, with its stunning beaches, surf spots, and historic trails.

The Lemon Lodge is an off-grid farmstead tucked away between the hills of Monchique and the wild beaches of Costa Vicentina in rural Algarve.

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Muxima
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Muxima

Muxima is an eco-friendly guesthouse perfectly nestled in a green valley near Aljezur. Here, owners’ Paula and Jelle want to share their great love for wild nature and good food with their guests. The houses are beautifully decorated with items collected from many travels and each room has its own, unique style, and are all surrounded by lush green gardens.

Muxima is an eco-friendly guesthouse nestled perfectly in a green valley near the village of Aljezur in the Algarve.

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Casa da Oliveira
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Casa da Oliveira

Casa da Oliveira - Monte Branco is a whitewashed traditional home that has been meticulously restored by its owner, an interior architect. Located in rural Aljezur, in the western Algarve, the house accommodates up to ten guests, Casa da Oliveira offers three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and a delightful terrace with garden views.

Casa da Oliveira is a gorgeous three-bedroom holiday home in a small rural village on Portugal’s southwest coast, moments from stunning wild beaches.

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Our favourite things to do and see in Costa Vicentina.

We started exploring Costa Vicentina many years ago and the following are the spots that we keep going back to – we call them our ‘Costa Vicentina classics’.

One of the best things when driving through Costa Vicentina are the picturesque and charming villages such as Sagres, Vila do Bispo, Aljezur and Odeceixe, to name only a few. It makes such a special road trip.

We adore spending long beach days at Praia da Arrifana (Arrifana Beach)

Our Favourite Beaches in Costa Vicentina 🩴

The truth is, every local seems to have a different favourite beach. Our advice is for you to try to discover yours! This is 100% part of the fun of visiting Costa Vicentina. Take your time to stop by at all or most of them.

We literally and genuinely love all the beaches in Costa Vicentina, but the ones we tend to visit the most are Castelejo, Vale Figueiras, Monte Clérigo and Arrifana.

📍 Sagres
Praia do Tonel and Praia do Beliche

📍 Vila do Bispo
Praia do Castelejo and Praia da Cordoama

📍 Aljezur
Praia do Amado, Praia Vale Figueiras, Praia da Bordeira, Praia da Amoreira, Praia Monte Clérigo, Praia da Arrifana and Praia de Odeceixe

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Some of our other favourite beaches in Costa Vicentina are Praia da Bordeira…
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…and also Praia do Castelejo, Praia da Cordoama and Monte Clérigo.
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Ponta Ruiva beach.

Our Favourite Restaurants in Costa Vicentina 🍴

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Some of our absolute favorites, the very traditional Eira do Mel (Vila do Bispo) and Ponte a Pé (Aljezur).

Surfing in Costa Vicentina 🏄

The wild beaches of Costa Vicentina are considered a Mecca for surfers, so you will find many beaches with surf schools on site such as Arrifana, Monte Clérigo and Praia do Amado. Arrifana Surf School and Boa Onda Surf School are two of the best schools in the area.

Joana at arrifana surf school in the Algarve.
Jo at Arrifana's surf school.
The stunning Praia da Arrifana in Costa Vicentina, Algarve.


Hiking 🥾

Discover hiking routes and trails on the excellent Rota Vicentina website. You will find a dedicated network of walking and cycling trails in Costa Vicentina.


Watch Dolphins, Whales, Seabirds, Sea Turtles 🐬 🐋 🐢

Explore the ocean with Mar Ilimitado – a team of marine biologists that specialises in marine wildlife and has a range of cool boat tours.

So there you go, those are what we consider to be some of the Best Boutique Hotels and Rural Guesthouses in Costa Vicentina in the Algarve right now. We hope you like them as much as we do.

If you are exploring other areas you might also want to check out our articles The Best Hotels in the Algarve and The Best Hotels in Portugal.

Here's hoping you create new memories here in Portugal. Tag us on Instagram (we would love it if you do!) and let us know how it goes. 🤗

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Obrigada,
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Joana and Sofia

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