Top 5 Pet-Friendly Hotels in Portugal

When you have a pet it can be complicated to decide on a whim to go for a long holiday or even for a little weekend break. That’s why I’ve decided to make a list of some of my favourite pet-friendly hotels in Portugal. Start planning your next trip with your little furry friend with some of these suggestions.

1. Novotel Porto Gaia

Pet Friendly Hotel
Pet-Friendly Hotel in Vila Nova de Gaia

Enjoy all that Porto has to offer without leaving your pet behind. Novotel Porto Gaia is also great for an escape with your children, there’s a video game area, indoor and outdoor playgrounds and also two swimming pools. Oh and in case you’re still wondering if you should make a booking, in the summer the hotel hosts barbecue parties by the pool, how awesome is that?

If you book your stay at Novotel Porto Gaia¬†today, you can get a room for 5 nights for ‚ā¨344.

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2. Topazio Mar Beach Hotel & Apartments

Pet-friendly hotel in Albufeira
Pet-Friendly Hotel in Albufeira

Summer has been very shy this year but there’s bound to be some sunny spells, so pack up your bags, pick up your treasured pooch and head to the Algarve. At Topazio Mar Beach Hotel & Apartments in Albufeira, you can enjoy some sunny days by the pool with your 4 legged friends by your side. Book today and pay only ‚ā¨166 for 5 days.

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3. The Noble House in √Čvora

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Pet-Friendly Hotel in √Čvora

I love going to √Čvora, it’s close to Lisbon, only an hour and a half away by car, it’s full of history, it’s a UNESCO world heritage site, it’s a lovely university town with many bars to explore and amazing Alentejo typical restaurants to try. And did I mention the wine tours? √Čvora is home to some of the biggest and best wineries and vineyards in Portugal. So, what are you waiting for? Book a stay at The Noble House and enjoy this city in the company of your “better half”. The price for 5 days in November is ‚ā¨308.

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4. Clube Borda d’√Āgua

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Pet-Friendly Hotel in Albufeira

Clube Borda D’√Āgua in Albufeira is only 20 metres away from Oura Beach so you can either go to the beach or relax in one of the many swimming pools at the club. At Borda D’√Āgua you can stay in an apartment with a big terrace or balcony, perfect for your pet. Each apartment can accommodate 4 people which means not only you can take your pet with you but also travel with some friends. Book your hotel today and pay only ‚ā¨200 for 5 days.

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5. Vale Paraiso Natur Park

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Our next suggestion is Nazar√©, a city known for being one of Portugal’s most popular seaside resorts. Only a mere 1-hour drive from Lisbon and on the silver coast Vale Para√≠so Natur Park is a camping park in the middle of nature. But fear not, if camping is not for you, you can always stay in the wooden cabins or apartments spread around the park. If you book now, a wooden cabin with a double bed, bathroom, balcony, kitchen and dining area is only ‚ā¨201 for 5 days.

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Summer in the Algarve | Best 5-Star Hotels by the Beach

Falésia Garden by 3HB in Albufeira

Falesia Garden Hotel

Fal√©sia Garden by 3HB is right by Falesia Beach in Albufeira. This wonderful property is also close to two other beaches, Barranco das Belharucas and Olhos de √Āgua. It has an on-site restaurant, a swimming pool and all the apartments have cable with English channels for when you want to stay away from the sun and king size beds. If you’re a golf lover, there are also two different golf courses in close proximity. The staff is amazing and really helpful, they can make killing mojitos, and the food delicious with the buffet changing every day.

Price for 6 nights in September:¬†‚ā¨799¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Location¬† Albufeira¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Type of Accommodation¬† Apartments¬† ¬†¬† ¬†

Vilalara Thalassa Resort 

Vila Thalassa 5-star

 

Vilalara Thalassa Resort is a 5-star hotel located in Arma√ß√£o de P√™ra. It’s right in front of the beach and on top of a cliff overlooking Praia das Gaivotas. This magnificent hotel has 6 swimming pools, a spa, a garden and 4 tennis courts. The staff is wonderful and the food outstanding.

Price for 6 nights in September:¬†‚ā¨1.989¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†Location¬† Arma√ß√£o de P√™ra¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Type of Accommodation¬†5-star Hotel¬† ¬†

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Vale de Oliveiras Quinta Resort and Spa

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The magnificent 5-star hotel Vale de Oliveiras Quinta Resort and Spa is located inside the town of Carvoeiro, a beautiful fishing town in the Algarve. Each room and suite has a balcony or a terrace. This hotel has an indoor and an outdoor swimming pool, a children’s playground with lots of activities happening during the day and a spa. At Vale de Oliveiras you can also the Olive Tree Restaurant where you can enjoy delicious Mediterranean dishes. If you’re travelling with children you can always book the self-catering suites with fully equipped kitchens.

Price for 6 nights in September:¬†‚ā¨846¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Location¬† Carvoeiro¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Type of Accommodation¬† Rooms or suites¬† ¬†

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The Lake Resort

Lake Resort

The Lake Resort is a luxury 5-star hotel located in Vilamoura. The sandy beach pool, the floating restaurant,¬† the Oriental and Fusion restaurants, the children’s club or even the spa, there’s plenty to do at this magnificent resort.

Price for 6 nights in September:¬†‚ā¨1799¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Location:¬† Vilamoura¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Type of Accommodation:¬† Rooms

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Conrad Algarve

Conrad Hotel

The Conrad Hotel is a very elegant and modern hotel. There are 3 restaurants and 3 bars inside the grounds of the hotel serving the Mediterranean and South American specialities.¬† The beach is only a 10-minute drive from the hotel. Conrad is a golfers favourite since it’s inside Quinta do Lago a well-known golf and country club.

Price for 6 nights in September: ‚ā¨1779¬†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Location:¬† Quinta do Lago, Almancil¬† ¬† ¬†¬†Type of Accommodation:¬† Rooms

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You won‚Äôt believe how cheap these 5-star hotels are in the Algarve

With a mild and sunny climate all year round, the Algarve is one of Portuguese’s favourite beach destinations. But that’s not all you’ll find this region. As described by¬†Lonely Planet:¬†“The alluring coast of the Algarve receives much exposure for its breathtaking cliffs, golden beaches, scalloped bays and sandy islands. But ‘sun, surf and sand’ is far from the end of the Algarve story; there’s no shortage of other attractions ‚Äď activities, beach bars (and discos), castles (both sand and real), diving, entertainment, fun‚Ķ”¬†So hurry and¬†book your next summer holiday, I’ve selected the best and cheapest top¬†5-star hotels where you can stay in the Algarve in the first week of June.

1.¬†Macdonald Monchique Resort & Spa¬†for ‚ā¨825

Macdonald Hotel Algarve

If you book right now you will still be able to get the patio suite which includes a separate bedroom with a king-sized bed and a big living room, two bathrooms and a terrace with splendid sea and mountain views.

 

 

The Macdonald Monchique Resort & Spa has four different restaurants with options ranging from the typical petiscos¬†(Portuguese tapas) to a pizzeria and even a fine-dining restaurant specialised in fish and wine. If you prefer you can also sit and enjoy one of the two pool bars or relax with a more exotic drink at their cocktail bar. ¬†The hotel has a gym and a spa and there are activities which they can arrange for you, like jeep¬†safaris, bird watching trips, boat cave trips, dolphin watching and horse riding. If you have children there’s also a kids¬†club. The best part of it all? You can book it now for ‚ā¨836, a¬†week for two in June.

Price for 1st week of June:¬†‚ā¨825 | ¬£729 | $1025

Location: Monchique

Book it now, pay it later.

2¬†– Penina Hotel & Golf Hotel¬†for ‚ā¨1,030

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This 5-star resort¬†is in Portim√£o, one of my favourite cities in the Algarve. It still keeps the Portuguese essence of the Algarve with its typical cafes and restaurants, with our strip filled with cotton candy and popcorn sellers, the henna¬†stalls, the caricaturists. But then, there’s also the Irish pubs, the international cuisine, the boat tours.

 

 

If you want to enjoy this eclectic city mix of old and new, you should stay in the Penina Hotel and Golf Resort.  There are 3 golf courses on the grounds of the hotel, a swimming pool, a spa, a kids club, 5 restaurants with Portuguese, Italian and international cuisine, 4 bars serving cocktails from where you can relax and admire the amazing sea views. This hotel is 5 minutes away from Alvor beach.

Book it now, pay it later.

Prices for 1st week of June:¬†‚ā¨1,030 | ¬£899| $1,265

Location: Portim√£o

3. Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort & Hotel ¬†Spa for ‚ā¨1,109

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You can stay in a room, a suite or an apartment at this 5-star hotel in Albufeira. At the Grande Real Santa Eul√°lia Resort¬†& Hotel Spa, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re planning to go on a family holiday or a couples holiday.

 

 

There are 4¬†restaurants on location with an array of different cuisines. There’s also 4 outdoor swimming pools plus 3 for children, 3 swimming pool bars, a Spa and a kids club with music, games and entertainment for children of all ages. In the summer there’s also a disco called Le Club where some of the world’s best DJs come to play.

Price for 1st week of June:¬†‚ā¨ 1109¬†| ¬£968 | $1,362

Location: Albufeira

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4. Ria Park Hotel & Spa¬†for ‚ā¨1,272

 

 

 

It’s between Quinta do Lago¬†and¬†Vale do Lobo, the uber fashionable area of the Algarve, that you’ll find the Ria Park Hotel & Spa. This hotel has its own private beach, Praia Garr√£o. The hotel has a lagoon-style swimming pool, a restaurant serving Portuguese contemporary cuisine with chef¬†Gerhard Poz at the helm. There’s a health club, a spa, a life-sized football court and two tennis courts in the hotel. If you love gold, the famous Vale do Lobo, Quinta do Lago and Oceanico¬†golf courses are very close to the hotel.

Prices for 1st week of June:¬†‚ā¨1,272 | ¬£1,111| $1,562

Location:¬†Vale do Lobo, 20 minutes from Faro’s Airport

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5. Pousada Pal√°cio de Est√≥i – Small Luxury Hotels of the World¬†for ‚ā¨700

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And finally, this beautiful amazing hotel located in Est√≥i, a village far from the hustle and bustle of Algarve’s main towns.

 

 

This hotel used to be a XIX century palace and you can still find the luxury of other times in the architecture, the paintings and antique furniture. If you book it now you will be able to get a balcony with a view.

Prices for 5 days in June: ‚ā¨700 | ¬£611 | $860

Location: Estói

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Carnival in Loul√©, a party you can’t miss

A Carnival celebration with 100 years of history

If you thought the real Carnival experience only happened in Brazil, then you’re in for a surprise if you end up visiting Portugal this time of the year. It’s been more than 300 years since we took this tradition to Brazil and we’re still proud to host one of the most brilliant, fun and crazy¬†Carnival parties in Europe.¬†Carnival, also known as Entrudo in Portugal, is a pagan festival which is always celebrated in Portugal on a Tuesday, 47 days before Easter Sunday. It marks the beginning of forty days of fasting, just before Easter. In the past, people would get together and have large feasts with lots of meat which wasn’t allowed by the Catholic church during Lent.¬†Nowadays, this is an opportunity to dress up, dance like crazy, play pranks and eat and drink with your friends and family.

Carnival parade in the centre of Loulé

In Portugal, Carnival is an optional holiday and every municipality will have different ways to celebrate it. Throughout the week we will look at the different celebrations around the country. We will start with Loulé, a city in the Algarve known to throw one of the most traditional parties.

Every year, huge crowds flock to Loul√© making this Carnival celebration, one of the busiest in the country. Carnival in Loul√© is known for its¬†fun¬†social comments on society. A few years ago the Corso’s motto was Troika, with many satirical figures portraying the¬†political context of Portugal at the time. This year, the theme will be the Web Summit and the entrepreneurial and technological world. There will be around 14 floats that will parade through the streets of Loul√©, along with samba schools and the traditional Corso of Carnival. Around the city, there will be many parties and sports activities for you to join.

When is it happening?

From 11th to 13th February | Start: 3pm | Entrance: ‚ā¨2 | Address: Avenida Jos√© da Costa Mealha.

Where to stay

We don’t want you to miss the chance to have a unique experience in Portugal. Here are some of the hotels where you can stay if you want to come and enjoy a winter break during the Carnival celebrations.¬†

If you’re¬†on a budget, you can stay at¬†Dom Fernando II, a family run B&B, right int the centre of Loul√©. It’s ‚ā¨180 for two people, for 4 nights, with breakfast included. If you’re travelling with a bigger group you can always rent this villa¬†for ‚ā¨400, it accommodates¬†6 and it has a small garden where you can enjoy some much-needed vitamin D.¬† This villa is also very nice. The price is ‚ā¨600.

We’re already a bit too close to Carnival, at this point in time it might be difficult to find accommodation¬†right in Loul√©, but fear not, there are plenty of other cities and smaller villages only a few mile away from the party hub where you can have a more luxurious stay.¬† Vilamoura is only around 6 miles away, and you can stay at Vilamoura Garden, a 4-star hotel, for ‚ā¨216, garden view and breakfast included. For considerably less you can stay at your own villa for only ‚ā¨96 for two.

We’re already a bit too close to Carnival, at this point in time it might be difficult to find accommodation¬†right in Loul√©, but fear not, there are plenty of other cities and smaller villages only a few mile away from the party hub where you can have a more luxurious stay.¬† Vilamoura is only around 6 miles away, and you can stay at Vilamoura Garden, a 4-star hotel, for ‚ā¨216, garden view and breakfast included. For considerably less you can stay at your own villa for only ‚ā¨96 for two.

Top 5 Best Glamping Experiences In Portugal

After trying glamping for the first time I became an enthusiast for these types of holidays. Always checking into hotels, after a while, can become a bit “same old, same old”. Staying somewhere surround by nature can be so much more adventurous and fun. Glamping will, for sure, lead to interesting and exciting holidays. So here are the places I suggest you try quickly before they get discovered and spoilt.

  1. Natura Glamping
Natura Camping – Glamping

I would suggest this park for those who are planning to do a road trip in Portugal and want to explore beyond the main touristic areas. This park is located in Alcongosta, in the central region of Portugal, in the heart of the Gardunha mountain.¬†Guests can stay in a tent in the shape of a pod, which has all the amenities of a hotel room, including a private bathroom (complete with organic toiletries), a tv, a fridge, a kettle and wi-fi. And then, there’s the view, from your bed you can see the sky, the mountains and the valley. It’s all very peaceful. Rooms have a terrace and there’s even an outdoor jacuzzi. There’s also a shared lounge with a games room and a tour desk.

Hiking, bike riding, segway rental are some of the adventures you can partake in this area. I would suggest you book them in advance.

Distance from Lisbon: 2h17m

Location: Alcongosta, Fund√£o

Prices for upcoming dates:¬†$114 | ¬£91 | ‚ā¨105

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2. Casa Tuia 

Located in the Algarve, more precisely in Carvoeiro, and only 20 minutes from the beach, you will find this amazing wooden tents. They’re called the Safari tents and they can host up to 5 people in each. All units come with an equipped kitchen, including a microwave and dishwasher! They all have a private bathroom, terrace and barbeque.

You can play tennis at the property, table tennis, darts, hiking, all for free, and there’s even an amazing swimming pool on site. There’s also windsurfing, diving, golf and horse riding activities around the area.

Distance from Lisbon: 2h35m

Distance from Faro Airport: 47min

Location: Carvoeiro, Algarve 

Prices per night for upcoming dates:¬†$102 | ¬£82 | ‚ā¨95

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3. Nomad Planet 

This could be your view

Right in the northern region of Portugal, you will find Nomad Planet, a camp with only four yurts and a bungalow, all decorated with brightly coloured furniture, spacious beds and a view difficult to surpass.

From your yurt styled tent¬†or bungalow, you will have a panoramic view of the Peneda-Ger√™s Park, Portugal’s only national park. ¬†The bathroom facilities are shared and there’s a lounge with a kitchen and barbeque. Activities like canoeing, parasailing and cycling are also available for those who would like to add a bit more of adventure into their holidays.

Location: Fi√£es do Rio, Montalegre

Distance from Lisbon: 4h30m

Distance from Porto Airport: 1h53m

Prices per night for upcoming dates:¬†$47 ¬†|¬£37 | ‚ā¨43

4. Quinta M

Part of the Splendia, a series of hand-picked luxury and boutique hotels, Quinta M has the most glamourous yurts I’ve seen so far. Each yurt has a private bathroom and all the amenities you would expect from a 5-star hotel room, plus a¬†fantastic sky view at night.

All yurts face the beautiful swimming pool and there are plenty of activities in the campsite and around to keep you going. Horse riding classes, including dressage, pilates, a¬†boot camp¬†and even a personal trainer for those interested in working the mind and the body. This site is also very close to many iconic cities in the area like √ďbidos, Nazar√© and Tomar.

Pets are accepted for an extra ‚ā¨10.

Prices per night for upcoming dates: $157 |¬†¬£125 |¬†145‚ā¨

Distance from Lisbon: 1h41m

Location: Várzea de Baixo, Casével, Santarém

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5. Aterra

It’s in Alentejo that you’re going to find¬†this small, family-oriented, camp resort. You can stay in a tipi and enjoy the vegetarian cuisine, cooked onsite, the breakfasts made with local produce are served either in your room or the communal room. There’s a barbeque area and lots of animals for kids to play with.

There’s also a beautiful lake, where you can swim or take the canoes, which you can rent for free.

Prices per night for upcoming dates:¬†$65 |¬†¬£52 |‚ā¨ 60

Location: São Teotónio, Costa Alentejana

Distance from Lisbon: 2h43m

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