Quintamar sits in the Ria Formosa among lovely farmland. Trees surround yet you’re a 15-minute walk to a boat (summer only) or train to the sand-spit beaches – reputedly the finest in Portugal. Rent bikes from the neighbours and set off for the day; there are miles of coastline to explore. Free-range meat and veg boxes can be purchased – cook up a delicious picnic and eat with a big grin on your face. Bird watching, dolphin spotting, paddle boarding and kite surfing will fill your days with memories that will last a very long time.
On arrival, kind Tamar brings you milk, fruit, rolls and eggs from her hens and there are heaps of seafood restaurants in the fishing village of St Luzia. Let the kids roam the wooden pirate ship, baseball pitch and sandpit whilst you rest your bones on a sun lounger next to the pool. If you fancy an evening sampling the restaurants in the nearby town, ask Tamar about her babysitting service.