Approach this sleepy Algarvian hamlet with adventure in your heart, through choppy green seas of cork oaks, carobs and eucalyptus, on lanes meant for carts not cars. Clouds of bougainvillea usher you into the cool sitting room of a prettily rustic house framed by chunky whitewashed walls, tiles, arches and traditional cane ceilings. A corner fire, bright art, sofas with ethnic throws: flop without fussing about footprints or fripperies. Outside, a rooster crows… Outside, too, are a fenced pool gazing south, a terrace for sunset sips and peaceful reads, a tree-shaded dining area, soul-boosting views. Meander past olives, kumquat, cactus, a palm – no thirsty plants in this hot, breezy climate – then step in to a galley kitchen with bread machine and ice maker. If Charlie is not here, friendly Mags welcomes you. Slow down, relax by the pool, listen to the cock-crows emanating from the neighbouring rooster’s harem. Head out for swims wild in dams, hike, pedal and picnic, barbecue at sunset, stargaze in clear skies. Coast and Faro are 30 minutes but don’t come for beaches: this place is for active families, peace seekers and wild bunnies.