The Algarve’s water baby
The little fishing village of Olhos d'Agua has an enviable location on the southern coast of Portugal. Set against the pale sandstone cliffs of the Algarve, the village has buckets of charm and an active waterfront humming with local fishermen. Main Street is home to dozens of bars and restaurants serving local cuisine, including, naturally, freshly netted fish.
The lovely local beach is Praia d'Agua. It's a fairly small stretch of sand, but there's still plenty of space to throw down a towel, paddle in the shallows and explore the rock pools. The picturesque promenade invites a wander - it's fringed with palm trees and looks out across a sea dotted with colourful fishing boats.
The town has a surprising buzz after dark, with Main Street's bars and restaurants packed out with locals and visitors.
Flights from the UK to the Algarve take around 2 hours 40 minutes.
Transfer time from Faro airport to Olhos d' Agua is approximately 40 minutes.
Summers in the Algarve get pretty scorching, so beach-goers can expect the mercury to top 30°C in July and August. The shoulder months of April, May and October stay at a pleasantly toasty low 20s, and even in winter, things rarely drop below 15°C – ideal for year-round golfers.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Portugal.
A service charge won’t typically be added to your restaurant bill in the Algarve, so it’s common to leave a tip of around 10% of the bill. The same goes for taxi drivers – aim for 10% or round up your fare to the nearest euro. Tipping is not expected for bar staff, hotel porters or maids, although a euro or two would be appreciated for excellent service.
The official language of Portugal is Portuguese. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.