Pousada de Faro (Estói)
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- Number of rooms: 63
- Air conditioning
- Disabled facilities
- Free internet (public areas)
- 24-hour reception
- Outdoor pool (seasonal)
- Heated indoor pool
- Secure car park (underground)
- Spa (cost)
- Conference and business centre
- Room service
- Airport (13km)
Pousada de Faro, Palacio de Estói – 19th-century palace with spa, gardens, and wonderful views
This Pousada was built in the ancient Palace of Estói (XIX century) and was formerly owned by the Viscount of Estói, José Francisco da Silva. The construction of the palace lasted about 20 years and was finished with a spectacular celebration in the gardens of the palace on the 2nd of May 1909. After the Viscount’s death, the palace was kept by his family until 1987 when it was bought by the Faro City Council. Today the palace has been converted into the Pousada of Estói.
Composed of the principal building with the ancient tea pavilions and beautiful gardens in “Versailles style”, this notable Pousada is located by the small village of Estói, close to the Roman ruins of Milreu. Majestically poised inland from the coast, Estoi's Pousada enjoys panoramic views of almond tree gr0ves, hills and countryside, with the coastline as a great backdrop in the distance. As you approach the Pousada you will understand the importance and relevance of its setting as you circumnavigate the Palace's wall and gates, pass through the orchards and up to the main entrance.
The original building houses the public areas including the reception, bar and part of the restaurant, which are located next to the original kitchens - part of which can be viewed still - and which lead onto the terraces, gardens and the attractive swimming pool. Given the Algarve's impressive record of good weather for most of the year and mild winters, the terraces of Estoi's Pousada are often bathed in sunshine with a light breeze to take the edge off the peak summer temperatures.
Attached to the palace is a modern extension in a sympathetic design which houses the spacious standard and superior rooms, all comfortably appointed with marvellous views of the surrounding countryside. The blend of the modern and historic architecture works very well in unison, particularly with the dramatic pink exterior of the palace building and the colourful gardens. You can view several 'teahouses' with original stained glass on 2 corners of the terrace as well as pretty fountains and the groves that extend away from the property.
The Pousada de Estoi's complex, about 4 hectares in size, also incorporates the conversion of the ancient stable and dairy, and there is a considerable business centre within the grounds.
The Pousada has free exterior parking. The Pousada also has a free of charge garage – limited availability and subject to first come, first served basis.
Situated only 10km away from the coast and the capital of the region, Faro, the Pousada offers a more sophisticated perspective of the Algarve. This is a retreat to enjoy over several days for its serenity, tranquility and tremendous views, along with its spa and swimming pool, although it is also set in very good walking country. The Pousada de Estoi is a good base for visiting the very attractive beaches in the area, including the marine reserve and sand bars, and its restaurant offers an authentic experience of Portuguese and international cuisine along with a wine list that introduces - or reintroduces you - to Portugal's extensive range of grape varieties. Inland from Faro you can also enjoy the colourful hills and reservoirs, and the historic town of Mertola with its archeological museum, castle and mosque-turned-church.
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Lunch is served from 13.00 to 15.00
Dinner is served from 19.30 to 22.00
Lunch is served from 13.00 to 15.00
Dinner is served from 19.30 to 22.30
- Fish and Shellfish Cataplana
- Parfait of Figs with Sauce and Wild Berries Sorbet
The indoor heated swimming pool is generally open from 9am to 8pm. The outdoor swimming pool opens seasonally (May - September) from 8am to 8pm.
- Gary D. Epsom
The photos don't do this Pousada justice - you can't sense the wonderful tranquillity and majesty of the setting from them. One of my favourite Pousadas now!
How to get there
From Faro airport 1. Head north toward R. Aristides Sousa Mendes (295 ft) 2. Continue straight onto N125-10 (2.8 mi) 3. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for N2/Santa Brás/IP1 (0.3 mi) 4. Turn right onto N2 (3.4 mi) 5. Turn right to stay on N2 (0.6 mi) 6. Turn right onto N2-6 (0.7 mi) 7. Turn right onto R. Vasco da Gama/R2-6 (217 ft) 8. Take the 1st left onto R. João de Deus (0.4 mi) 9. Sharp left onto R. do Pé da Cruz (0.2 mi) 10. Turn right onto R. de São José Destination will be on the left (243 ft)
Tavira - 30km
Sagres - 150km
Faro airport - 13km
Beaches - 10km
Region & Cuisine
The southernmost region of Portugal, the Algarve, is without a doubt the best-known to visitors to the country from overseas thanks to its popularity as one of Europe’s main holiday destinations. Certainly the Algarve’s attractions are many, and not least its enviable climate with sunshine virtually year-round.
The region is probably most famous for its beaches and its numerous golf courses. The Algarve has around 100 miles of coastline, stretching from the border with Spain in the east right across the south of the country to Cape St Vincent in the west (this is the most south-westerly point in Europe), and then north for about 30 miles up to the border with the Alentejo region. And it’s a wonderful coastline with a mixture of extensive beaches of fine golden sand, small sandy coves and, in places, dramatic cliff-faces and rock formations. Inevitably, since the sixties and seventies there has been a lot of development centred on the main resorts such as Albufeira, Praia da Rocha and Vilamoura with the construction of hotels, apartments, marinas and so on, but in the extreme east and west of the Algarve coast, smaller towns – Tavira and Sagres as examples - while still offering the same glorious beaches remain almost untouched by the frenetic activity of the tourist centres.
The Algarve is not, however, just about beaches and golf. Inland the region is largely rural – hilly, and in places mountainous – and many of the picturesque little towns and villages in the interior appear to have changed little over the centuries and still retain their quiet, unhurried and relaxed way of life. Like the rest of the Iberian Peninsula the Algarve became part of the Roman empire in the second century BC (there are important Roman remains on the coast in Lagos), but the longest occupation of the region was by the Moors who named the region Al-Gharb and who were finally expelled in 1250, completing the reconquest of Portugal. As in Andalusia in Spain, the architectural legacy of the Moorish occupation is much in evidence throughout the region.
The principal, and by far the largest, city of the Algarve is Faro. Practically every visitor arrives here thanks to flights into its airport from all over Europe, but very few actually stay in Faro. But it’s an elegant coastal city with a medieval wall and many monuments, museums and churches and it definitely deserves a visit. Away from the coast two particularly attractive towns are Monchique, up in the hills about 20 miles from the resort of Portimao, and Loulé, an active market town a short drive inland from Vilamoura.
Apart from high-quality ‘international cuisine’ stemming from the tourism so important to this region, there are plenty of delicious local dishes available throughout the Algarve. Pork and chicken are the main ingredients for meat dishes, notably ‘Cataplana’ (pork with lots of clams and garlic) and ‘chicken piri-piri’ ranging from mild to very hot and spicy. But fish and seafood reign supreme here; grilled sardines are excellent on the Algarve coast and available practically everywhere while swordfish, bass, bream, squid, clams, lobsters and prawns are all of the highest quality and fresh as can be. Wines from all over Portugal are freely available, but the local wines from Lagos, Tavira and Lagoa are all good and the region produces several local varieties of liqueur.
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