Villa holidays in Valverde are ideal if you want to keep the coastline within arm’s reach. Praia de Quinta do Lago, a 10 minute drive away, is backed by Ria Formosa Nature Reserve. Its sweeping shores remain remarkably unspoilt – just a couple of beach bars and a smattering of sun beds.
Further up the coast, Praia do Ancão and Praia do Garrão also wear their natural beauty with pride. Here, the Algarve’s characteristic golden sands shelve gently into the Atlantic Ocean, inviting you to cool off in the crystal-clear shallows.
Or, introduce some drama to your beach day at Vale do Lobo. This resort’s upscale beach swaps sand dunes for miles of ochre-coloured cliffs. The scenery is phenomenal, but don’t worry, the water’s just as welcoming.