We took a bus from Faro to Estoi for the day and managed to find our way on foot to the Palace Hotel. From the outside of the property the accommodation block looks like a prison cell, very odd.
The entrance to the Palace itself (reception/dining/outdoor areas) is not very welcoming but we barged in and asking if we could look around. We were welcomed and left pretty much on our own to explore. The inside of the Palace itself has been lovingly restored and tastefully furnished. The water features and the garden immediately in front of the building were very interesting and the whole place has a peaceful atmosphere.
It is well worth a visit even if you are not staying :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The luxurious Pousada de Estoi, the Estoi Palace, born out of the recovery of an old eighteenth century palace, is located in the village of Estoi only 10 km from Faro. This palace once belonged to Jose Francisco da Silva, Viscount of Estoi, and was opened in 1909. In 1987, it was purchased by the Town Hall of Faro, and in 1977, it was considered a property of Public Interest. A project by architect Goncalo Byrne, this hotel in Faro has a Health Club where you can enjoy a Turkish bath, sauna, tropical showers and heated indoor pool with a whirlpool. In a region with great gastronomic traditions you can find the Visconde restaurant, one of the Algarvian establishments which include fish and fresh seafood. The whole menu is inspired by Portuguese cuisine and exhibits a genuine form of art for good eating. Don't miss out on the deserts from Algarve made with figs and almonds grown locally. Experiencing the Pousada de Estoi is a pleasant journey with a combination of the classical, Baroque and contemporary elements that will definitely be a memorable experience. ... more less
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