Estoi is a charming Algarve village, brimming with hidden treasures and steeped in history. Made famous for its monthly horse market, Estoi’s treasures soon became known to travellers, and has never looked back as a peaceful tourist destination in the Algarve sunshine. Estoi is a wonderfully traditional whitewashed village, with beautiful churches, villas and shops tucked in amongst orange and almond tree lined avenues, perfect for really peaceful breaks in the Algarve with a taste of ‘real’ Portugal.
Estoi is full of surprises. The main square is an ideal place to start your exploration, as the majority of Estoi’s attractions can be reached on foot from here. If you are visiting the main square on a Sunday, be prepared to be there for a while as the large weekly market is absolutely captivating! The 18th century Palacio do Visconde is peach coloured and beautifully decorated with ornate tiles, showing the old wealth of the village, with huge ornamental gardens adorned with lakes, statues and decorative fountains. The Milreu Roman ruins can be reached in 10 minutes by car from an Estoi holiday rental villa, and is one of few sites where visitors can wander around the villas completely unrestricted. If you are staying in Estoi accommodation, or indeed accommodation anywhere in the region, a trip to Milreu is almost essential.
There are plenty of restaurants within Estoi, some of which draw Portuguese residents from many miles, such is the quality of both food and atmosphere. Many hours can be spent doing very little in Estoi, with plenty of shopping to be done after a long, leisurely lunch or cup of coffee in one of the timeless cafes that surround the main square, dominated by views of the stunning Church of Sao Martinho.
The Algarve capital, Faro, is just 8 km from a holiday rental villa in Estoi. Faro, Portugal is a beautiful town, with clear architectural influences from many eras, combining to make a seamless account of the regions history. There are some very important historical sites in Faro, and if you are looking for a great place to shop, eat or enjoy the famous Algarve nightlife, the short trip to Faro from an Estoi villa is well worth it.
The Algarve is known as a year round holiday destination, and Estoi is no exception. During the long, hot summer months, daily temperatures can reach the mid to high 30’s (?C) on a daily basis, especially during July and August. Even in the coldest month, January, temperatures rarely dip below 15?C.
The proximity of the Algarve’s major transport hub, Faro International Airport (FAO) means that is incredibly easy to reach self catering accommodation in Estoi, Faro, Portugal. There are a staggering number of daily flights from airports throughout the UK landing in Faro, provided by almost every airline operating out of Britain.