A hop away from the crumbling, charming port of Olhão is a simple, friendly Algarvian farm, a place of escape from the world. Olive, citrus and banana trees thrive (figs, pomegranates, almonds too), hens cluck, a rooster crows, and your kids splash in the pool. Delightful owners Paula and Mark (she Portuguese, he Belgian) have six languages between them, and a young child. Mark could talk for hours about his organic farming plans, and loves to show guests around: here the playground and the boules, there the veg patch, the sauna, and the very pretty pool. It’s intimate, relaxed, and really well done. Near the old farmhouse are two new cottages, built by Mark, gleaming in the sun. ‘Alfaroba’ and ‘Fico’ are together (one up, one down); ‘Nespera’ stands alone. All share a minimalist décor, fresh and pleasing on the eye. Green country chairs pull up to a chunky wood table, a cow hide is strewn across a tiled floor, bright Portuguese stripes top simple white beds, a porch faces the garden next door. A welcome basket is left for you with organic fruit from the farm and regional produce.