It is easy to see why the Algarve is one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations. Long hot summers give way to mild, temperate winters. Kilometres of soft golden sand beaches are lapped by the deep blue ocean. The region’s 30 golf courses provide a rich variety of challenges for players of all standards. Horse riding, tennis and lawn-green bowling; scuba-diving, parascending and microliting: they are all possible in the Algarve.
And if that all seems far too energetic, then the region also offers a tempting array of spas for head-to-toe pampering.