You will feel joyful in this L-shaped townhouse set in the old quarter of untouristy Olhao with its authentic bars and restaurants and probably the best fish market in Portugal. Inside you’ll find the original Arabic vaulted brickwork on the ground floor, exquisite antiques and objects of art in the living rooms and a large indoor patio with tinkling fountain. There are two stunning roof terraces, one with a dining table and outdoor kitchen, the other with saltwater pool, BBQ and covered bar; views are over flat roofs (just one adjacent building is taller) down to the sea. There’s masses of indoor space too with a lofty living room, library, games room and superb kitchen which even the fussiest cook couldn’t moan about – although there are three chefs standing by if you prefer to be catered for. The master bedroom, excitingly, is up one of the turrets and has two terraces; others (some with terraces) are simply lovely with very smart bathrooms – and the cleaners come every day so all is gleaming. Stroll the narrow streets, feel Portuguese – this is magic for groups who want their independence but also exceptional areas to gather.