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Misty mountains, fluro-green fairways and waves dotted with surfers – a trip to Portugal’s sun-soaked Algarve is sure to satisfy all holiday wishlists.

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Blue skies beckon here: the Algarve boasts 300 days of sunshine a year, making it the perfect place to get outdoors and enjoy life. Golfers delight in the dozens of perfectly preened courses that scatter the region while others are here for an indulgent spa break – and there are plenty of those to choose from. But it’s not all glam getaways: the coastline offers some of the best surf in Europe, so you’re just as likely to find gnarly boarders catching waves and campervanning along the coast as you are a hot new hotel or bar.

Head inland to the mountains to discover the traditional food of the region, from rich wild boar to rustic homemade cheeses, or make for family-run piri piri joint or one of the backstreet seafood bars strung along the cobbled streets of the region’s capital, Faro. Or simply hit the beach: the Algarve’s simplest pleasure is lazing on one of hundreds of stretches of golden sand. Tough luck, eh?