Bask on your roof terrace with a coffee in the sun. Spot the fishing and sailboats puttering around the Ilha da Culatra as they head out of harbour. What more perfect way to start the day?
This chic, white, sunlit apartment, down a peaceful cobbled alley in the Old Town, is guaranteed to please. Not just its roof terrace, but its location: a one-minute stroll from restaurants and cafés, and close to the magnificent market hall.
The tranquil port of Olhão is on the edge of the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa, a vast lagoon teeming with birds. If you have a car, it’s 30km from Tavira, the prettiest beach town on the Algarve. Closer to home are the paradise isles Culatra and Armona, where you can swim and bask on the sands; the ferry is a 20-minute ride. Return at dusk, totter up to your terrace, light the barbecue, and watch the sun go down behind the hills.