From the Casa’s perch by the cliff edge the view is a symphony of rock, sea and sky – ever-changing according to the day’s mood. The villa was built in the Sixties when the Algarve was discovered, and the mood is luxurious zen… all you hear are seagulls and waves. Simple white arches and three tall palms (três palmeiras) soften the façade and give welcome shade once the temperatures rise. Bedrooms have everything you might expect for the price – polished floors, walk-in wardrobes, generous beds and bathrooms lavishly tiled; each has its own pair of sun beds and chairs, beach and pool towels too. All feels beautifully uncluttered and four lead onto a parasoled terrace with fantastic views and a solar-heated saltwater pool. It is a supremely comfortable house full of fruit and flowers, with a wood-burner for winter cosiness, and the service is warm yet professional. A path leads from the house down to the beach; breakfast early and you may find you have it all to yourself – even in midsummer. Book ahead for high season.