Not far from the main road, but very peaceful, is a villa for ten, a top-notch retreat. The British owners discovered the Algarve 30 years ago, found a perfect plot six miles from the sea and built the house of their dreams. From marble staircase to plush leather sofas to matching sunloungers and parasols, all is immaculate outside and in. And now it’s more tip-top than ever, thanks to the mosaic-tiled, low salt-purified heated pool. With bougainvillea behind you, trees to the side of you, gorgeous views ahead of you and beers chilling in the fridge, you could happily stay put all day. Resist! You are in a secret corner of the Algarve where the villages are timeless and the wild almond trees grow. Join the locals at the café/bar in São Brás de Alportel (a stroll away) or carry your picnic to the little oasis of Fonte Ferrea, where natural springs flow and cork trees flourish. Eat out in São Brás, Olhão, Tavira; buy ocean-fresh fish at Loulé’s market; set up the barbecue on the terrace. Beaches? The famous ones are a half hour drive but Fuseta’s is more charming – and closer.