Scroll down to discover some of our top picks for Holiday Homes, Apartments and Villas in Portugal, or jump directly to one of the following regions:

  1. 1. Lisbon & Lisbon Coast
  2. 2. Porto & Douro
  3. 3. Alentejo inc. Comporta
  4. 4. Algarve inc. Costa Vicentina
  5. 5. The Islands – Azores & Madeira

  
So far we have mostly focused on bringing you our favourite boutique hotels and small guesthouses in Portugal. However we’ve had multiple requests for additional recommendations, specifically for holiday homes, apartments and villas (preferably with dreamy swimming pools) in Lisbon and on the Lisbon Coast, Porto and the Douro, Alentejo (including Comporta), the Azores and Madeira.

We have always been a bit torn about this. We think they can be brilliant options but it would be a monumental task for us to test all of them in the same way we do with the hotels and serviced apartments that we feature in our collection (and our Watchlist, which we are working our way through).

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When the pandemic hit the world, we used the time to pull together all the holiday homes and villas (including Airbnbs) in Portugal we already knew and loved, plus those that caught our eye and would definitely love to check out in the future. These lists include a variety of options, from apartments for couples in the cities, to beautiful villas in the Portuguese countryside that are perfect for groups and families.

For us, a place to stay is not just about how it looks. It’s the vibe and most importantly – the location. Whenever we visit a place we ask ourselves two questions: Would we come back? Would we recommend it to a like-minded friend? We have to be honest about the answer to those questions, and both of us have to agree.

It’s important to bear in mind that there are some very special locations in Portugal that are yet to offer a wide range of accommodation options. In some instances, we may have to compromise a little on a place to stay in order to experience for a killer location.

We want to ensure that every place we recommend will create awesome memories for you. While preparing these selections of holiday homes, apartments and villas in Portugal, we continually refined our lists. If you are like us i.e a planner who likes to hunt down the absolute best places to stay on your trips, we hope these shortlists will save you a lot of time.

Holiday Homes, Apartments and Villas in Lisbon & on the Lisbon Coast

Our beautiful Portuguese capital offers a wide range of holiday rentals and serviced apartments all over the city, as well as some cosy beach houses. We’ve been researching it all so that you don’t have to.

  
Below are some of our top picks.

  
The Lisboans Apartments

The Lisboans Apartments

Serviced stylish apartments set in a stunning townhouse, right in the heart of historic Lisbon. All the accommodation types showcase their own exclusive interior design, with a choice of one or two bedrooms, and every living room comes furnished with a sofa bed.
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Patio São Vicente Guest Houses

Patio São Vicente Guest Houses

Patio São Vicente offers cute cottages with equipped kitchens and a shared charming patio, located in Lisbon’s picturesque Alfama neighbourhood.
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Casas na Portuguesa

Casas na Portuguesa

Casas na Portuguesa offers two and three-bedroom apartments housed in a recently renovated building, combining traditional Portuguese architecture with modern features. The apartments are located near Ribeira Market in Lisbon’s Bica neighbourhood, known for its highly-photographed funicular railway that connects the lower part of the city to Bairro Alto. It is close to Chiado, Estrela and Cais do Sodré, making it a great starting point to discover Lisbon.
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Bem Lembrados - Cascais

Bem Lembrados – Cascais

This spacious two-bedroom apartment is located in the Bairro dos Bem Lembrados neighbourhood, in the coastal town of Cascais. The town centre and the main beaches are a 10-minute walk from the apartment.
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Sea´ya Family Surf Houses - Cascais

Sea´ya Family Surf Houses – Cascais

Sea’Ya Family Surf Houses consist of three totally independent villas, in the picturesque village of Charneca in Cascais, less than 2km from the famous Guincho beach. Surrounded by nature, these beach holiday homes are also a great option for those traveling with family.
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Casa da Cornelia- Costa da Caparica

Casa da Cornelia

This well-equipped three-bedroom cabin is located right on the beach, near beach bars, cafes and some amenities – although you’ll feel a world away. Oh and it’s only a 20-minute drive from Lisbon to Costa da Caparica.
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Holiday Homes, Apartments and Villas in Porto & The Douro

Our hometown has some really lovely boutique hotels and guesthouses, but if you’re looking for an apartment or home to rent in Porto, you will also be spoilt for choice. When visiting Porto, if you have time we highly recommend a 1-3 day trip to the wine region of Douro.

  
Below are our top picks for holiday rentals in both Porto and the Douro.

  
Flattered to be in Porto

Flattered to be in Porto

We absolutely adore the Flattered to be in Porto apartments, situated in the residential neighbourhood Foz do Douro where we grew up. They are our top choice recommendation if you want to stay by the beach in Porto, with some of the apartments offering soothing sea views. The apartments are cleaned daily and a basket with an array of delicious fresh breakfast goods is delivered to you each morning. The kitchens are very well equipped which makes these apartments a great choice for longer stays or families.

They are perfect for those who want to stay off the beaten track – away from the tourist crowds yet close to everything.
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B28 Apartments Porto

B28 Apartments Porto

B28 are among some of the best serviced apartments in Porto, tucked away on the lovely street Rua de Belomonte in the heart of the historical centre. The apartments are light and airy with minimalist decor, ornate ceilings and hardwood custom doors – not to mention the killer views some of the apartments offer. Accommodation options range from studios to two-bedroom apartments which are ideal for families. Fresh bread is delivered to your door each morning, and a daily cleaning service is also included in the price of your stay.

Local Tip: Nearby don’t miss Escovaria de Belomonte, a historical artisan shop selling brushes of all types – the store is one of Porto’s most precious gems.
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Douro River Studios

Douro River Studios

The Douro River Studios feature a studio and a loft apartment which are bathed in natural light. The beautifully renovated building is located right on the riverfront, in the peaceful neighbourhood of Lordelo do Ouro e Massarelos – a 20-minute picturesque walk to the historical centre.
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Villa Almada by Canto de Luz

Villa Almada by Canto de Luz

This two-bedroom villa is housed in the grounds of the boutique hotel Canto De Luz. The villa is an oasis in the heart of the old town, featuring its own dining terrace, a private garden and a small but mighty swimming pool. Also worth mentioning is the homemade breakfast, the daily housekeeping, a 50” smart TV (inc. Netflix), an Xbox with games, a gas BBQ, a bean to cup coffee machine and a music smart speaker.
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Quinta do Cedro – Douro

Quinta do Cedro is a small two-bedroom farmhouse located just an hour’s drive from Porto’s international airport. This charming holiday home features a swimming pool and is surrounded by vineyards, apple trees and fruit orchards. We really love the colourful eclectic decor 🙂
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Quinta do Olival Loft Farmhouse - Douro<

Quinta do Olival Loft Farmhouse – Douro

This authentic Douro farmhouse has been fully renovated and converted into an idyllic six-bedroom holiday home. At Quinta do Olival, you will feel the country vibes, as the farmhouse stands out with its artistic decor and its charming views of the valley and vines.
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Holiday Homes, Apartments and Villas in Alentejo, including Comporta

The Alentejo region is home to some of the most beautiful villas in Portugal, from architect-designed holiday homes in Comporta overlooking pretty rice fields to authentic farmhouses in truly rural settings. Be ready to embrace the slow life and discover charming sleepy villages, spectacular wild beaches and fantastic regional cuisine.

  
Below are our top picks for holiday rentals in the Alentejo region.

  
Monte do Pardieiro do Meio

Monte do Pardieiro do Meio

This four-bedroom villa sleeps up to 10 and truly shows what the Alentejo region is about. This idyllic place is surrounded by nature and cattle, and the nearby village of Grandola with all its amenities is only a 10-minute drive away. Comporta and some of the spectacular wild beaches are less than a 30-minute drive.
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Casas de Arroz

Casas de Arroz

These four architect-designed ‘huts’ (houses with thatched roofs inspired by local fishing huts) in Possanco can be rented independently or all together. There’s a shared infinity pool overlooking the neighbouring rice fields and wild meadows. Cabin rental in Comporta doesn’t get much better than this.
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Manos 114

Manos 114

Manos 114 is a cosy three-bedroom villa located in Comporta, just a five-minute drive from the beaches of Carvalhal and Pego. Surrounded by pine trees, this is the perfect place to relax and to enjoy morning and evening walks. The villa is a perfect retreat all year round, including in winter by the fireplace.
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Campo de Arroz

Campo de Arroz

Campo de Arroz is a beach house with an inviting swimming pool located in Comporta’s magnificent rice fields near the beautiful Carvalhal and Pego beaches. It features a house and a garden cabin, which can be rented either together or separately, and accommodate up to 10 people.
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Casas da Horta

Casas da Horta

Casas da Horta comprises two two-bedroom villas which can be rented together or individually, each with a private outdoor patio, a swimming pool, a fireplace and a well-equipped kitchen. The estate has an inviting lake for swimming and the picturesque town of Alcácer do Sal is 8km away, while the pristine beaches of Comporta are a 30-minute drive. To top it all off Lisbon’s international airport is only an hours’ driving distance from these beautiful villas.
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Holiday Homes, Apartments and Villas in Algarve, including Costa Vicentina

The Algarve is Portugal’s most sought after destination and there are many good reasons why. The Algarve has gorgeous golden sandy beaches with a beautiful turquoise sea, delicious fish, world-class golf and friendly locals. It’s a region with an unforgettable scent of almonds, oranges and figs.⁠ There are still many secrets in the Algarve waiting to be discovered.

  
Below are our top picks for holiday rentals in the Algarve region.

  
Casa 1876

Casa 1876

Casa 1876 is a family holiday home in São Brás de Alportel, in southern Portugal. Rural and elegant, Casa 1876 is a modern farmhouse set in a beautiful olive grove area, with serene views over the valley and the sea in the distance. Its four bedrooms can comfortably host up to eight people. We think this is one of the most beautiful villas in the Algarve.
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Flattered to be in Algarve

Flattered to be in Algarve

Facing the centuries-old Tavira saltpans, these two-bedroom holiday apartments are housed in the multi-residential complex of Convento das Bernardas – a modern renovation undertaken by Eduardo Souto de Moura, one of Portugal’s most acclaimed architects and 2011 Pritzker laureate. There are two saltwater swimming pools, a parking space for each unit and beautifully kept outdoor spaces and communal areas.
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Casa Dois by The Addresses

Casa Dois by The Addresses

This former fish warehouse in the heart of Olhão has been converted into a modern two-bedroom townhouse with a southern city feel. The white-walled patio includes a refreshing plunge pool and an outdoor staircase that leads to a rooftop terrace, where you can gaze over the Ria Formosa and the flat-terraced roofs of Olhão, while enjoying dinner at sunset.
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Casa da Oliveira

Casa da Oliveira

This little one-bedroom house is situated in Bordeira, a small rural village in south-west Alentejo and the Costa Vicentina Nature Park. The house has been fully renovated by the owner, an interior architect. The whiteness of its walls, the irregular steps made of shale, the hand-painted wooden materials, all work together to make this house a very charming and cosy place to stay.
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Holiday House in Aldeia da Pedralva

Holiday House in Aldeia da Pedralva

This four-bedroom holiday home is located in the countryside near beautiful wild beaches. It’s part of Aldeia da Pedralva, a resort that was built from the ruins of an abandoned Portuguese village. There’s a communal seasonal swimming pool, a couple of restaurants, and plenty of outdoor activities such as surfing, biking and bird watching. Expect to spot grazing sheep, donkeys and chickens roaming freely in the surroundings.
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Casas da Serra

Casas da Serra

Casas da Serra Tavira are four beautifully renovated country houses located in the beautiful foothills of the Algarvian mountains, about 10 kilometres from Tavira and 8 kilometres from the sea. The traditional country houses named Serro da Volta, Casa do Troco, Monte do Cansado and Casa do Pátio are the perfect place for a holiday in the wild natural habitat of the eastern Algarve, away from the crowded hotels and holiday resorts.
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, which we have divided into three sections: Eastern Algarve (including Faro, Olhão and Tavira), Western Algarve Part I (Costa Vicentina) and Western Algarve Part II (incl. Lagos, Alvor, Silves)

Holiday Homes, Apartments and Villas in the Azores and Madeira

The Portuguese islands of the Azores and Madeira are small groups of beautiful volcanic islands located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

  
Madeira is a four-island archipelago while the Azores is composed of nine smaller islands, offering a more rugged nature-based experience. Even though Madeira has a larger tourism infrastructure than the Azores, we actually think that the Azores offers a wider choice when it comes to boutique small hotels and holiday homes.

Below are our top picks for holiday rentals in the Azores and Madeira Islands.

  
Quinta dos Peixes Falantes

Quinta dos Peixes Falantes – São Miguel, Azores

Two beautiful and well-equipped studios and a couple of one-bedroom houses in Ribeira Grande, with access to a private garden and swimming pool. The holiday homes are surrounded by a garden that guarantees silence and total privacy for an immersive experience in the Azores.
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Pink House Azores

Pink House Azores – São Miguel, Azores

We love the look of this restored old barn turned into designer boutique accommodation, just a 7-minute drive from the historical centre of São Miguel in the Azores. There’s a seasonal outdoor pool.
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Lava Homes

Lava Homes – Pico, Azores

This special resort on the island of Pico has a small village feel, offering panoramic sea views and an incredible heated swimming pool (14x5m). There are fourteen accommodation units, from one to three bedrooms, all with kitchenettes and breathtaking views of the north Atlantic. There’s also a grocery store and a restaurant, offering both dine-in and take-away options.
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Beach Tree House

Beach Tree House – Porto Santo, Madeira

This two-bedroom beach house is arguably one of the best holiday rental options on the idyllic island of Porto Santo. The house is a stone’s throw away from the beach.
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So there you go! We really hope you find our selections useful. A lot of time and care has gone into refining these lists in order to bring you some of the best holiday homes, apartments and villas in Lisbon and on the Lisbon Coast, Porto and the Douro, Alentejo (including Comporta), the Azores and Madeira.

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If you are also considering staying in a hotel check out the JO&SO collection – featuring the cool boutique hotels in Portugal, all tried and tested by us. In our Watchlist you will find the selection of boutique hotels in Portugal that are in our radar.

Happy travels!

Obrigada,
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JO&SO
(Joana and Sofia)

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