10 most affordable villa rentals in Portugal on the ocean

Perhaps more than any other European country, Portugal has enjoyed good press over the past decade. More and more travelers are exploring its tourist sites, falling in love with the country thanks to its beautiful buildings, welcoming culture and fabulous beaches.

Many visitors also like Portugal thanks to the less pronounced effects it has on the wallet. Cheap by Western European standards, there are plenty of ways to see the country without breaking the bank. We’ve written about seeing Portugal on a budget and surprisingly none of our tips include statements about avoiding beachfront villas. makes it possible to find affordable accommodation right on the water.

From the stunning rock formations of the Algarve in the south to Porto and the Spanish border, there is not a single stretch of coastline devoid of beautiful beaches or charming towns. As such, Portugal is full of often overlooked accommodation offering seaside bliss and great rates.

When you read this list of affordable Portuguese villas on the coast, you’ll wonder why anyone would ever book a hotel. Each of the properties below offer ocean views and are only steps away from that mysterious place where water meets land.

House with sea view in Vila Nova


Rent now$89/avg per night

Spoil your family without breaking your budget at this splendid house in a quiet Atlantic town. Watch the water from the lanai as well as the living room and dining room. The house is less than 200 meters from the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mira River. Amenities in town are more of a hike but no more than 15 minutes. When you need a break from the lovely local restaurants (if that’s possible), try to emulate the local style in the fully equipped kitchen. The facilities are modern and the house has three bedrooms, making it an excellent choice for a family with children.

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms : 2

Sleeping: seven

Atlantic Villa in Magoito-Sintra


Rent now$144/mo per night

If you dream of a home with stunning ocean views where you can both walk to the beach and explore Portugal’s bustling capital, wake up and discover this charming villa. In a quiet neighborhood close enough to must-see attractions like Sintra (look at a photo for a second and you’ll want to visit) and central Lisbon, it really is a great, crowd-free location. But once you discover the endearing qualities of this rental that any family would envy, you will realize that it is much more than just accommodation in a dream location. Any couple will enjoy time on the lawn facing the sea before returning to the comfortable queen bedroom. If you book for more than two, there is also a bedroom with a pair of twin beds and a futon in the living room.

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms : 2

Sleeping: 4

Bungalow on a quiet stretch of sand


Rent now$174/mo per night

Beach lovers should be careful not to overlook this perfectly placed spot cottage on the coastyour gateway to a remarkable vacation marked by nothing but salt, sun and solitude.

There is a lot of sand in the area, but very few people. The nearby town is small but not without locally loved restaurants and essential amenities. This ocean view home is built solely for the purpose of enjoying the beach. It has two levels of outdoor space, the lowest of which sinks directly into the sand. The interior is made for cooling off once you’ve spent too much time in the sun. It is spacious and bright with minimal and refined decorations. With three double bedrooms and one single, it can entertain a small group of people looking for an affordable vacation away from it all.

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms : 2

Sleeping: seven

Villa In The Garden Do Mar


Rent now$174/mo per night

Believe it or not, affordable beachfront villas can be found not only on the mainland, but also on the island of Madeira in the southern Atlantic. This villa in the village of Jardim Do Mar is one of those gems.

The coasts of Madeira are even more spectacular than those of the Algarve, as a quick glance through the windows of this villa will prove. Views are shared equally in all rooms. A pebble beach is below the house. Guests can walk to the nearby village, but the villa sits directly on the edge of the cliff so is fairly quiet.

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms : 2

Sleeping: 6

Villa Jarmelo


Rent now$180/mo per night

The quality of this magnificent villa is such that one can hardly believe the price.

While swimming in the pool, a guest may gaze out at the ocean and decide that’s where they’d rather be. They can cross the veranda, pass under the columns that cover the entrance, stroll through the sunny arabesque courtyard, walk out the door and be on the beach in 2 minutes. The bustling streets of the city center are also nearby. The holiday home is a pleasant mix of Mediterranean and Arabic styles, a combination that feels right here in the Algarve. It has a bedroom with two double beds and another with two single beds.

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms : 2

Sleeping: 6

Contemporary Villa in Luz


Rent now$195/avg per night

Bask in the sun and enjoy the gratitude of your fellow travelers during your stay at this luxurious villa west of Lagos. The outdoor spaces are truly a treat. It consists of a terrace with seating and a barbecue, as well as a hot tub and a serene pool. As if that weren’t enough, there’s also a rooftop terrace to watch the waves roll in. Oh, and there are plenty of palm trees to get you in that beachy vibe as you get ready to take the walk (which will last less than a minute) to the beach. Any designer would give a nod of approval to furniture selection, and the bathrooms are sleek, sleek, and modern.

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms : 3

Sleeping: 8

Casa De Legua


Rent now$219/mo per night

A magnificent modern house by the sea, Casa de Legua stands out for the pleasant qualities of its design.

North of Porto and near the Spanish border, the town of Moledo doesn’t top many tourist lists, which is a shame given its gorgeous beaches and scenic landscapes. This particular vacation home is in a great location, about 300m from the water, although it might feel a bit closer while relaxing on the lawn or swimming in the pool at the edge of the property. Every piece of furniture and every tiled corner will instill a sense of appreciation in those who love refined design.

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms : 3

Sleeping: ten

Caso De Mar


Rent now$229/mo per night

The ideal point of view to admire the sea, Caso de Maradjoins a protected coastal ecosystem. The dunes descend into the sea, creating the perfect conditions for a sunset stroll. This vacation rental is a modern house equipped with large windows to enjoy everything. The private pool and adjoining outdoor spaces are all great spots for lounging while enjoying the ocean and the city.

Particular care has clearly been taken in the choice of furniture. Ideal for groups of friends, relatives or couples, the villa has three bedrooms with large beds and a fourth with excellent sea views and a futon. The shoreline views are quite breathtaking and the walk to the beach can be tackled in less than 15 minutes.

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms : 4

Sleeping: 8

Villa Ocean Dreams


Rent now$235/mo per night

The Algarve region is number one in Portugal when it comes to attracting beach tourists, and of all the towns in the region, Lagos stands out above the rest.

This beautiful vacation home above the water is the perfect base to discover why Lagos is so popular. It has three airy bedrooms, a scenic pool and Jacuzzi, all in addition to standard amenities. Nothing more than a short walk will separate you and yours from the golden sands of Meia Praia. Lagos old town, known for its historic churches, old world streets and excellent nightlife, is just a 15 minute walk away. The marina is a little closer for those wishing to explore the sea and the breathtaking rock formations at Ponta da Piedade.

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms : 2

Sleeping: 6

Peaceful house in Porto Covo


Rent now$247/mo per night

Only 50 meters from the beach, this quiet villa features relaxing outdoor spaces with great views, comfortable indoor spaces for cooling off, and sleeping accommodation for a family of eight. The house has a dedicated parking space, but once you arrive you can walk to all the sights of Porto Covo, from the town square to the restaurants on the side streets. The local beach is a real stunner, notable even by Portuguese standards for its towering rock formations.

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms : 2

Sleeping: 8

Now that your stay is booked and you’re ready to go, here are some other resources for traveling to Portugal:

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