One problem with traveling to the Algarve is that heavy tourist development has robbed many of the coastal towns of their authentic Portuguese character, but that is not the case in Lagos. Located on the western periphery of the Algarve, Lagos has kept its 14th century walls and other antique features, making it one of the few places in the Algarve where staying in town means staying out of a tourist trap.
For the most part, the boutique hotels in Lagos are located outside of town. One of the principal virtues of Lagos relative to the rest of the Algarve is that it continues to offer something of an authentically Portuguese atmosphere. Visitors in Lagos who prefer boutique hotels should plan ahead on how they will get into town, especially for dinner at one of the local seafood restaurants on Rua Afonso d'Almeida or Rua 25 de Abril.
Quinta Bonita Luxury Boutique Hotel
At first glance the Quinta Bonita might not seem to be placed in the best location, as it is on the Matos Morenos hillside, on the outskirts of Lagos and along the N-125 road. That means the hotel is neither in town nor on the beach. However, that hillside perch gives it panoramic views of the sea, and the hotel rents mountain bikes, so it isn't necessary to drive everywhere. Accommodations consist of eight individually appointed suites, each with its own balcony or terrace.
Romantik Hotel Vivenda Miranda
The Vivenda Miranda is Frommer's top-ranked hotel in the Lagos area. The hotel is centered on a 17th century villa which is set on a sea cliff and less than a five minute walk from the beach. The architecture is a typical example of the blend of Moorish and Portuguese styles that is so common in the Algarve, and the rooms are appointed in a comfortable and stylish fashion.
Vila Mar Azul Hotel
The Vila Mar Azul is a 10-room boutique hotel facing the Porto de Mos beach. The building is inspired by modern Mediterranean villa design, with rooms appointed in the Portuguese fashion. In addition to Porto de Mos beach, the beaches of Praia D. Ana and Praia do Camilo are within a five-minute walk of the hotel, and the Boavista Golf Course and Palmares Golf Course are just over a mile's distance.
- Frommer's: Romantik Vivenda
- Rough Guide to Portugal; Jules Brown, Mark Ellingham, John Fisher, Matthew Hancock and Graham Kenyon; April 2007.
- Epoque Hotels: Vila Mar Azul Hotel
- Portugal-info.net: Quinta Bonita Luxury Boutique Hotel
- Frommer's Introduction
- Romantik Hotel Vivenda Miranda: Contact
- Vila Mar Azul Hotel; Avenida Fernão de Magalhães 7; 8600 Lagos; Portugal; 011-351-282-760-261
- Quinta Bonita Luxury Boutique Hotel; Matos Morenos, Quatro Estrados; 8600 Lagos; 011-351-282-423-770
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