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PRAIA DE BENAGIL, PORTUGAL

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The Algarve is famous for its soaring ochre-coloured cliffs, golden sand and crashing waves – and this stunning beach has all of this in abundance. When you run into the Atlantic after a sun-drenched morning sprawled out on the sand, it feels as though you’re a million miles away from all your responsibi­lities.

BEACH BONUS

Algar de Benagil, a secret sea cave along the coast that you can access via a boat tour – on a calm day, you could even swim there, or rent a kayak or paddleboar­d to reach it. It’s a natural wonder, with a circular hole in its ceiling, two spectacula­r arches and a secluded beach within – go at sunrise or sunset to see it at its best. A word of warning, though: be careful of cliff jumpers between the beach and the cave.

WHERE TO STAY VILLA RUBY

Villa Ruby in Carvoeiro lies 15 minutes along the coast from Praia de Benagil. It’s a whitewashe­d dream of a villa, with a pool, two bedrooms and bathrooms and a pretty courtyard with an outside barbecue and dining area. Seven nights from £579; Jamesvilla­s.co.uk.

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