There are hundreds of golf courses across the Algarve, but it’s much more than a golf destination. The best way to explore this leafy holiday paradise is to hire a car and get off the beaten track, as far as you can go before you can’t get home for dinner – with restaurants this good brimming with seafood, a traditional Portuguese supper is something you don’t want to miss. Discover your own hidden coves and wave-crashed beaches backed by vertiginous umber cliffs, working on your tan before driving home via a taverna.
You’ll be lured in by the scent of chorizo in the pan, so order up a bowl and in the meantime get to work on a pile of dark olives, peppery with herbs and so slick with olive oil it runs down your wrists. The Portuguese love to find their food appreciated, so your table manners won’t matter here. And if you do fancy golf, most of the luxury resorts have their own courses; Vilamoura will be your own golfers’ paradise while Quinta do Lago has a buzzy atmosphere and immaculate new greens.