Casa Modesta

  • Location: Beach / Coast
    Beautiful beaches of the Ria Formosa National Park: In walking distance
    Beautiful town of Tavira: 19km (25 mins drive)
    Saturday market in Olhão: 6km (10 mins drive)
    Restaurants: In walking distance
  • Faro Airport (FAO): 20km (25 mins drive)
    Airport transfer available on request
    Car recommended
    Free parking

You are in the middle of the incredibly beautiful and unspoiled Ria Formosa National Park.
You are just 50m from the sea and almost all rooms have sea view.
This is the most beautiful part of the Algarve with fewer tourists and an incredible landscape.

You need a car to explore the other parts of the Algarve but there are bikes (subject to availability) and an eco-trail to the village with connections by train in Fuseta.

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An introduction to Casa Modesta

How would you describe Casa Modesta in a nutshell?

Casa Modesta is a former family home on the Portuguese Algarve. The house’s traditional architecture was reinterpreted in a modern way and recently turned into a small luxury hotel with nine individual suites.

What was your inspiration to turn Casa Modesta into a hotel?

The idea behind opening Casa Modesta as a boutique hotel was to share our experiences and the love for this house. Through its visitors the house and our memories of it are being reawakened and our sense of family is renewed with every guest who comes to stay with us.

How would you describe the architecture?

While restructuring the house we respected the original architecture and design of Casa Modesta and decided to only work with local artisan’s materials. The outcome really is a project of my sister’s traditional constructive knowledge and architectural culture.

What has been the biggest reward about opening the hotel?

The hospitality part of it — keeping in contact with our guests is the most important thing. Like having dinner with our wonderful guests in our house, that's really rewarding.

Casa Modesta
Casa Modesta
Casa Modesta pool
Roof access
Roof terrace
Dining area
Common area
Suite and bathroom

Casa Modesta rooms & rates

There are two buildings, one with four rooms on the first floor and a common patio, and one room in the back of the building, and the other building with four rooms as well. There are a total of nine suites with private bathrooms and terraces divided up into three types of rooms: the standard room, larger rooms, and two rooms with bathtubs. All rooms but one have sea views.

  • Suite Standard for 2 people / 17 m²
    220 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • Terrace
    • Sea view
    • Air conditioning

    These suites feature a double bedroom, a bathroom with shower and a balcony or terrace with beautiful views of the sea.

  • Suite with Private Terrace for 2 people / 20 m²
    240 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • Terrace
    • Sea view
    • Air conditioning

    These suites feature a double bedroom, a separate bathroom with a shower, and a private terrace with views of the sea and the garden.

  • Suite Premium for 2-3 people / 22 m²
    260 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)
    • Terrace
    • Sea view
    • Air conditioning

    These suites feature a double bedroom, a dining area, a separate bathroom with shower and a balcony or terrace with beautiful views of the sea.

Included in the rates
Rates include a delicious breakfast.
Optional extras
Available on request: Massage, private bikes, boat rental and boat tours.
Extra charges
Municipal Tourist Tax: 1€/night/person up to a maximum of 5 consecutive nights between November and March; 2€/night/person up to a maximum of 5 consecutive nights between April and October. Payable at the hotel.
Children & Extra beds
Children are welcome. Baby cots (up to 1 year): EUR 20/night, Extra bed (3 to 12 years): EUR 40/night; Extra bed (12+ years): EUR 60/night. Only available in the Suite Premium.
Minimum stay
2 nights
Check in time
after 15:00
Check out time
before 17:00

Facilities & services

  • Maid service
  • Children welcome
  • Swimming pool
  • Bar
  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Terrace
  • Restaurant
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Garden
  • Room service
  • Central heating
  • Laundry service
  • Safe box
  • Bicycles

As far as our facilities go, we have a pool for guests to enjoy, bicycles are included in the room rates, and there are boat trips available. The atmosphere at the hotel is about offering a sense of local culture to our holiday guests. All the materials and foods are sourced locally and we even have our own small organic vegetable garden. We offer home-style cooking, which is prepared for the guests but we also do show cooking where guests can participate.

Things to do in Algarve & Olhão

  • Art / Culture
  • Shopping / Markets
  • Cooking classes
  • Wildlife / Animals
  • Massages / Treatments
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Horseback riding
  • Scuba diving
  • Sailing / Kayaking
  • Boat trips
  • Fishing

We recommend going to Olhão and visiting the markets there on Saturdays. The local community producers sell their fares between the market and the river, which is wonderful to experience. The old part of Olhão is also very beautiful to explore and we like to recommend taking a boat trip to one of the local islands, Ilha da Armona, Ilha da Culatra or Ilha do Farol. There are also many restaurants within walking distance that have delicious seafood dishes.

There are eco trails close by the hotel, which are perfect for beautiful walks or bike trips. Some of our guests like to go bird watching in the park and take boat trips. There is also a Ria Formosa lagoon beach, which is about 500 meters long, but the best beaches are on the islands, which are only a six-minute boat ride away.

Casa Modesta reviews

5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Casa Modesta was perfect for our recent trip to the Algarve region. The architecture, rooms and grounds are smartly designed keeping in mind the local setting and beautiful views. Breakfasts and on site bicycles were a favorite. The friendly staff was very helpful with reservations and recommendations for tours and restaurants.
Debbie S.
stayed at Casa Modesta in August 2022
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
10 out of 10 STARS. We really loved this peaceful Oasis. Architecture is excellent, a very natural mix between modern and rustic living. Food is also incredible and so is the service. A pleasant and friendly memory forever;)
Lorenz S.
stayed at Casa Modesta in July 2021
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
It was my second stay there: wonderful again with a so kind service and an amazing location. The view from my terrace - heavenly.
Beatrice B.
stayed at Casa Modesta in September 2020
5 of 5 stars
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Hello, the stay was very good. Casa Modesta is a very tastefull place to relax and feel good. The breakfast was fantastic, with products from their own garden. Definitely a good choice.
Ulrike M.
stayed at Casa Modesta in December 2017
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
5 - they are an amazing place and the thought they put into every detail is exceptional. Here's a link to a picture of breakfast - it is beyond!
Natasha C.
stayed at Casa Modesta in October 2017
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Very good!
Beatrice B. (Germany)
stayed at Casa Modesta in January 1970
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Everything was perfect!!! Both Casa Modesta and Micasaenlisboa were 5/5 for us. They exceeded our expectations. Very good hosts, beautifully done up, well located. Only good things to say......thank you.
David A. (USA)
stayed at Casa Modesta in May 2017

The location of Casa Modesta

Casa Modesta is almost at the southernmost point of Portugal in the Eastern Algarve, between Faro and Fuseta. Lisbon can be reached in less than three hours and it only takes one hour to get to Spain. The house is right in the centre of Ria Formosa Natural Park and only 50 meters from the sea.

This is the real Algarve with mild climate all year round, views over the blue ocean, golden sand beaches and a never-ending sky with incredible light.

I really enjoy being able to show our guests part of the local culture and its people. Staying here is not for everyone, Casa Modesta is in a remote location and rather quiet. There is no city nearby, only smaller markets. It is a tranquil and relaxed atmosphere for families and couples to enjoy. In my opinion, this peace and quiet is an extremely luxurious commodity, which cannot be found in too many locations around the world.

When is the best time to visit Algarve?

In my opinion, the best months to visit and stay at the hotel are from March to June and between September and November. The weather is perfect then, it is much quieter at those times and a great time to see more of the local customs but we are open all the year and the migration of birds in the winter is really worth it, also cycling and walking is better in the winter time.

During high summer the central Algarve tends to get very busy and crowded with visitors. During the colder winter months it is much quieter and we still enjoy plenty of sun during the day.