Estoi Palace, an 18th century mansion, will become part of Pousadas de Portugal, a collection of tourist lodges that boast a historical connection, when it opens to the public at Easter.
The transformation of the French-style palace, which is in the village of Estoi, 10 kilometres from Faro, is now almost complete.
It had originally been planned that it would open in 2008 (see the Algarve Resident edition, June 6, 2008).
Since work began on the refurbishment of the historical building in 2007, Faro Câmara, Portugal’s tourism board and Enatur – Pousadas de Portugal, have spent a combined 14 million euros on the project.
In total, the property has 49 bedrooms as well as facilities which include a swimming pool, spa, café bar, games rooms and chapel. Faro Câmara President José Apolinário said that the gardens and statues will be the final things to be restored, representing a total investment of one million euros.
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