A breath of fresh air, a safe haven of crime-free streets, balmy summers, mild winters, awash with flowers and only a four hour flight from the UK – how have they kept it all so quiet? We’re really not sure but we are grateful! We know that only a discerning person will seek out this unassuming Portuguese retreat. Churchill and George Bernard Shaw both stayed at the landmark Belmond Reid’s Palace and today its facilities are enhanced even further. But it’s not all about afternoon tea and flower-covered hillsides. Off-roading in robust 4x4s, canyoning adventures and drives around endless dramatic hair-pin bends should all be tackled in order to get the very most out of this very special island.