On Portugal’s only lavender farm the delicate fragrance fills the air even in winter. You’ll find stooped olive trees, a cluster of modern whitewashed buildings – one is the guest house – and a quiet little cottage for two set apart with no babbling TV or Wi-Fi.
Cool yourself in the saltwater pool, warm up on the terrace and wander the pebbly gardens to find plenty of shady benches. All guests come together for breakfasts of cheese and chorizo, homemade jam and organic honey (and cottage guests may join too for an extra fee). Buy the quinta’s olive oil and lavender products and floral soap at the farm – everything grown onsite is organic.
In summer watch the farmhands extract oil from the lavender; in autumn, join in with the olive harvest and see the press at work. There are bikes to borrow and good cycle trails.