4 days in the Algarve: Estoi + Almancil

Today I bring you two excursions that can be done from Faro in one day: 
1. Estoi and its beautiful Palace 
2. The tiny village of Almancil with its precious jewel, the church of San Lorenzo. 
Both sites are very close to Faro, although it is difficult to combine public transportation to do it all in one day (but you can do it).

Hoy os traigo dos excursiones que se pueden hacer desde Faro en un día: 
1. Estoi y su precioso parador 
2. El minúsculo pueblo de Almancil y su preciosa joya, la iglesia de San Lorenzo. Ambos sitios están muy cerquita de Faro, si bien es complicado combinar el transporte público para hacerlo todo en un día (pero se puede).

You can start in the morning by visiting Almancil (here you can check the bus schedules). The Church of San Lorenzo has the following opening hours:
- June to September: Mondays 2.15pm-6pm, Tuesday to Saturday 10am-1pm and 3pm-6pm
- Rest of the year: Monday 2.15pm-5pm, Tuesday to Saturday 10am-1pm and 3pm-5pm
The entry is € 2. It is very small but wonderful. All decorated with tiles painted by Policarpo de Oliveira Bernardes.

Por la mañana podéis ir a Almancil (aquí podéis comprobar los horarios de autobuses). La Iglesia de San Lorenzo tiene el siguiente horario:
- Junio a septiembre: lunes de 14.15h-18h, martes a sábado de 10h-13h y 15h-18h
- Resto del año: lunes 14.15h-17h,  martes a sábado de 10h-13h y 15h-17h
La entrada a la iglesia cuesta 2€. Es muy pequeñita pero es una maravilla. Toda ella decorada de azulejos pintados por Policarpo de Oliveira Bernardes.

Estoi is a bit bigger than Almancil but still very little. The jewel of this town is the Palace of Estoi, the best example throughout the Algarve of the architecture of Romanticism. The garden surrounding the palace is inspired by Versailles at the main entrance, but it becomes much darker and more evocative as we drift away because of its centuries-old trees, fountains, lakes and statues. Currently, Estoi Palace has been converted into a luxury hotel and is part of the Pousadas de Portugal network.

Estoi es algo más grande que Almancil pero, igualmente, es muy pequeñito. La joya de este pueblo es el Palacio de Estoi, el mejor ejemplo de la arquitectura del Romanticismo existente en todo el Algarve. El jardín que rodea el palacio es de inspiración versallesca en la entrada principal, pero se vuelve mucho más oscuro y evocador según nos alejamos gracias a sus árboles centenarios, sus fuentes, sus lagos y sus estatuas. Actualmente, el Palacio de Estoi ha sido reconvertido en hotel de lujo y forma parte de la red de Pousadas de Portugal.

The access to the hotel is permitted and you can enjoy the spacious rooms inside the palace decorated with marbles, woods and tiles in its ceilings and walls, and with murals that mix Neobaroque, Rococo and even Art Noueveau styles.

El acceso al hotel está permitido y puedes disfrutar de las amplias salas del interior del palacio con sus techos y paredes con mármoles, maderas, azulejos y pinturas murales que mezclan estilos Neobarroco, Rococó e incluso Art Noueveau.

It is also worth a stroll through its narrow streets where we can find good examples of the typical architecture of Algarve, whitewashed houses finished in bright colors and the roofs that remind us of its Arab past. Special mention also to its seventeenth-century church and the Chapel of Nossa Senhora do Pé da Cruz.

También merece la pena un paseo por sus callejuelas donde podemos encontrar buenos ejemplos de la arquitectura típica de Algarve con sus casas encaladas rematadas en colores brillantes y las azoteas recuerdo de su pasado árabe. Mención especial merece también su iglesia del siglo XVII y la Ermida de Nossa Senhora do Pé da Cruz (Ermita de Nuestra Señora del Pie de la Cruz).

I hope you liked it and soon I'll bring you information about Portimao. Happy week!
Espero que os haya gustado y en breve os traeré información sobre Portimao. ¡Feliz semana!

- end of the Obsession - 


  1. The towns look so cute! It kind of looks like a museum because you managed to take so many photos with no people in them! haha

    1. hahahaha is because is the low season and is amazing to enjoy all this without no people! <3

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    1. Noooo! Fueron mis padres y les encantó! Yo es que estuve muy poquitos días... :(

  3. You are really making me want to go to Faro!

  4. Wow the Palace is beautiful... how cool to be able to stay for a night there! Definitely a wishlist luxury hotel experience! I love the look of the charming little town. :)

    1. Yes! and the hotel has SPA and outdoor swimmingpool! And it isn't really that expensive!

  5. Great tips for visiting the Algarve. Thanks for sharing #feetdotravel

  6. Wow, this is a great place. I love all the statutes, colors, and buildings!

  7. This place looks amazing! I have never been anywhere like this. I love the buildings, the blue skies and the black cat in one of the photos! It looks so quiet... where are all the tourist?

  8. wish I'd known about this before I'd gone to Faro a few months ago and missed out on both these amazing places!

  9. What a beautiful place with lovely looking architecture. It looks like you had the whole place to yourself! The palace/hotel looks quite interesting would love to visit that. Thanks for sharing a place I was not familiar with.

  10. Really interesting to see parts of the Algarve I missed during my short time there 2 years ago. I liked visiting some of the quieter spots but hadn't even heard of Estoi Palace or Almancil. Turns out there's even more in the Algarve than I already knew. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I'm glad to hear that! Maybe next time you can visit those little towns!

  11. How cool is Almancil? I still haven’t visited Portugal yet but plan to do so one day. I enjoy exploring the back streets and learning about the history. Love the photo on the stairs with - the artwork and detail is stunning.

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