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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I stayed here for three nights during our two-week Portuguese honeymoon, and it was the perfect peaceful respite after a week of high-paced sightseeing in the cities. I don't think I've ever felt so at home in a hotel before. We arrived at the fort on foot from the Conceicao train station, which I don't recommend unless...

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Reviewed 6 October 2016

We stayed in this heaven of peace for three days. Its private, nearly a sense of non commercial, very historic , yet much had been done to this beauty subtly and blending in to provide comfort and warmth. The hostess and staff welcoming and timless in that even they blend in with the setting. If I had been on my...

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Cabanas, Portugal
Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Lovely quirky accommodation at end of boardwalk in Cabanas. Worth a visit - fab views, lovely rooms, probably best suited to couples tho family rooms are available. Hostess Cecilia is very helpful. Private boat transfers across the Ria Formosa to Cabanas beach.

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Wales, United Kingdom
Reviewed 29 August 2016

We are just about to return to this truly magical place for the 3rd time and thought I should share my thoughts, better late than never ! ! This is a truly enchanting place to stay managed by the wonderful Cecilia. From the second you drive up to the large historic gates of the fort you get the feeling that...

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New York City, New York
Reviewed 12 August 2016

This hotel, a converted fort, is a historical gem. Beautiful grounds and setting, it has the potential to be an oasis in an otherwise overrun tourist destination. The rooms are tastefully designed, rustic modern, if basic (the mattress is not great but OK and the bathroom towels are tattered and should be replaced). The manager, Cecilia is lovely and helpful....

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Montreal, Canada
Reviewed 12 August 2016

This real 17th century fort is a historic site in its own right — private and only accessible to lodging guests — combining the original structure plus historic buildings and artifacts (rusted canons, original well, many century trees, etc.) along with recently upgraded lodging. It’s ideally located on the river estuary opposite the very long Praia Cabanas beach. For anyone...

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New York City, New York
Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

Perfection, spoiled by the extensive and omnipresent owner's family, who were staying at the time, and who treated the place like their vacation home (read crèche) and the - highly paying - guests like unwanted visitors. Business or family vacation home, they need to decide. Both in one is not an option.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Reviewed 10 August 2015 via mobile

I stayed in this fabulous hotel for 6 nights with my family (husband, 2 kids - 16 and 13), and two other families with teenagers. We loved everything about it. Whereas the Algarve coast is overbuilt and very busy in August, the Fort provides an oasis of calm and serenity, overlooking the river and the beach. The fort is spectacular,...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 24 July 2015

We stayed in two rooms during our ten-day stay at this superb old fort of a b&b nestled in a prime spot on the Algarve. The first room we stayed in was actually in the old house itself. The second in one of the modern blocks; which also has a mezzanine for another bed. We preferred the first room as...

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Reviewed 4 July 2015

The fortress has a great location, at the outskirt of Cabanas (so very quiet) but within a short walking distance from the restaurants. The rooms are tastefully decorated, although the modern wing has windows which directly face a wall (claustrophobes may be uncomfortable). The breakfast can be taken on the fortress terrace with a stunning view of the Ria, and...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
A guesthouse for nature-loving people. Set in the magical scenario of the Ria Formosa Natural Park and lost between sky and sea, this 17th-century fortress that is now a family owned B&B that welcomes nature-loving people. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Forte de Sao Joao da Barra

Address: Sitio da Fortaleza | Cabanas de Tavira, Cabanas, Tavira, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Tavira > Cabanas
Price Range: $204 - $209 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Forte de Sao Joao da Barra 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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Also Known As:
Forte De Sao Joao Da Barra Hotel Cabanas De Tavira
Forte Algarve
Tavira Forte
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“Visit here in the early fall, when the weather is still great and the crowds are gone!”
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“I don't know why the rooms in the house cost more. The new rooms have just as much space and character.”
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“The rooms built over the former soldiers' barracks foundation are modern but designed to showcase the fort wall and well lit with sky lights and glass door.”
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“Maybe a torch to navigate the walk back at night”
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“For authenticity book a room in the original buildings not in the new build.”
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