Flight time: two hours and 40 minutes
Beat the chill in southern Portugal, with its golden beaches, great surf, pretty inland villages and fantastic year-round temperatures.
Fun in the sun
Jump aboard a jet-powered boat at Albufeira for an exhilarating trip out to sea, stunning vistas of the coastline and the chance to spot wild dolphins.
Feast al fresco
Jardim Das Oliveiras is a must-visit. Located in the mountains, it has wood ovens, a rustic menu (slow-cooked wild boar, anyone?) and a huge terrace. Also essential is lunch at Gigi’s (open from March to December) on the Praia da Quinta do Lago, where genial chef-proprietor Gigi serves the day’s catch to a glam crowd.
Where to stay
Perched above an aquamarine bay and surrounded by verdant gardens in the centre of Algarve, Vila Vita Parc Resort and Spa is all about attention to detail. Be prepared for outstanding food, five-star service and some serious relaxation in the spa – the latter can cater for any pampering need, from body shaping in its Hypoxi Studio to manicures and pedicures by cult London brand Margaret Dabbs.