Slow travel hotel in Portugal: Conversas de Alpendre

A magical small hotel for rural tourism in Portugal...



There are places that you never want to leave and Conversas de Alpendre is just one of them.


Located in the beautiful south of Portugal, very close to the Spanish border, this magical agro turismo (that's what they call it in Portuguese) is an authentic celebration of design, sophistication and Portuguese rural aesthetics.


Surrounded by cork and carob trees and elegantly decorated with Portuguese woods, textiles and typical tiles, Conversas de Alpendre is located just 5 km away from the Manta Rota beach, while beautiful Portuguese Tavira is only 9.5 km away.


But what really makes this boutique hotel in Algarve so special is its story…


Back in 2016, José Carlos and Cristina decided to leave their successful careers in consulting in order to spend more time with their family. Their dream was to create a big house, where there would be a place for everyone, and where they could all enjoy life together in the quiet and picturesque south of Portugal. This was how agrotourism Conversas de Alpendre was born.


At about the same time, their daughter, a pharmacist called Marta, married Tiago, who at that time was also working in consulting in Lisbon, and their son, Francisco, was born. A new life inspired them to change their lives and they decided to follow the example of their family, moving to Algarve to create an agritourism hotel of their dreams.



With their friendly and familiar attention to every guest and a great eye for detail, José Carlos, Cristina, Marta, Tiago and little Francisco prepared for us 11 carefully decorated suites and family apartments where one could enjoy comfort and harmony. The most curious guests can even stay in their very special tree house standing 6.5m high above the ground, on top of a carob tree!



The food is also very important at Conversas de Alpendre. Breakfast is an authentic ritual of relaxation under the Algarvian sun, while dinner is a celebration of Portuguese farm-to-table cuisine, with its delicious local products. The dinner is a set menu cooked by a local chef, so don’t hesitate to book it in advance!


And the details. In Conversas de Alpendre, they are absolutely everywhere and not only in terms of aesthetics but also ethics. As an example, they have beautiful glass bottles used for water instead of the usual plastic ones. Specially handmade for the hotel by a local glass blower, they are a simple yet sophisticated manifest of Conversas de Alpendre's lifestyle and philosophy.



As for the region, Algarve is a perfect slow travel destination for design lovers! It has a lot of small boutique hotels, charming villages like Tavira or Loule, also considered the capital of Algarvian craftsmanship. And of course, the food! Local, seasonal and simply delicious...

Visit it in any season of the year as the sun here is always shining and slow tourism has no season rules.



Photo credits: Conversas de Alpendre