Bask on terraces in sun or shade; slip into a pool whose plants keep the water pure. This serene eco house, awash with light, has been built in the local style. It stands on a small hilltop near pastures and newish houses, and the view from the roof terrace is 360 degrees.
This is the edge of the amazing Ria Formosa, a series of lagoons teeming with wildlife, protected by islands of white sands. Catch the ferry from Olhão to the Ilha da Culatra and spend the day on a wild stretch of coast. You could chill out by the funky beach bar at the Farol end.
Hop in the car for pretty Moncarapacho (4km) to experience real Algarve cuisine. For seafood there’s the fishing town of Fuzeta (14km); catch the little ferry to Fuzeta beach. Browse the fish market of old Olhão (5km), a popular port with a wonderful Moorish feel.