Sidestep wine-soaked Porto and Lisbon's colourful plazas in favour of the tranquil Tavira for your next Portuguese break. Slotted between the foothills of the Serra do Caldeirão mountains and the Algarve's sun-kissed coastline, this lesser-known neighbourhood has all the ingredients that make for a brilliant weekend break. The perfect morning? A stroll along the pine-dotted banks of the Gilhão River, admiring the beauty of the waterside villas, before slipping into the municipal market for fresh fruits and veggies. Spend an afternoon wandering around the old town, stopping at the 11th-century castle and crumbling ramparts originally built as a defence against seafaring enemies. Pause for an evening paddle at the sandy Praia do Barril, then linger over dinner at sustainable restaurant Cercle, whose locally sourced menu - think homemade sourdough loaves and chickpea curries - and stellar low-intervention wine offering have made it a hit with locals.
Where to stay: São Paulo Boutique Hotel