Head to western Algarve
and you will find pretty villages immersed in silent hills, quiet beaches backed by honey-coloured cliffs, and dramatic Cape St Vincent. The diversity of walks is astonishing, as is the wealth of flowers that can be found in late March and April: common mallow, yellow sea aster, Barbary nut, tassel hyacinth, hollow leaved asphodel, cistus, spurge, pitch trefoil, Dove’s foot cranesbill, mirror and naked man orchids, and many more. The even wilder Costa Vicentina
is also a haven for flora, with around 750 species, many of them endemic.