I've been fortunate enough to have spent the last few days in the lovely Portuguese coastal town of Sagres. It's a real step back in pace from the rest of the Algarve and considering the quality of beaches and big waves, it's remarkably untainted by hordes of tourists.
Sagres sits on the extreme south-western tip of Europe and is steeped in history; it was from here that, in the 15th century, Prince Henry the Navigator planned and organised Portugal's journey of discovery to the new world. The coastline is rugged with the occasional stunning beach. The entire region is popular with surfers and Sagres has this laid back, relaxed atmosphere about it.