Perched on the edge of a tiny village (it has a permanent population of 37) with views over rooftops, flower-filled terraces and countryside beyond, you’ll get a true taste of Portuguese life here. The friendly local café will keep you well fed and the bread and fish vans visit daily but you’ll need to hop in the car for everything else. Inside the house is beautifully light and airy with a pleasing mix of new and old: an ultra-modern kitchen, snazzy wood-burner, funky banisters mixed with reclaimed vintage furniture and original terracotta floor tiles. It’s a very clever modernisation of an old house; the English owners use it themselves so it has a homely feel, but you’re met by Silvia, a local woman who speaks perfect English. You’re a 40-minute walk or a five-minute drive from a perfect sandy beach, the coastal path and Sagres peninsula are spectacular and busy but charming Lagos are all within touching distance. Wend your way up steep cobbled streets back home (no parking outside the house) for nightcaps and deep sleeps in comfy beds.