The setting could hardly be more magnificent. The village of Porto stands amid the west coast’s most spectacular scenery, facing the stunning Golfe de Porto – a Unesco World Heritage Site, cradled between flame-red cliffs – and with a thickly forested valley to its rear, where the Gorges de Spelunca offers superb hiking.
Very much a summer resort, and all but deserted in winter, Porto sprawls a long way back from the sea, up the slopes of the valley. All action centres on its picturesque waterfront, punctuated by a pocket-sized red-rock headland that’s topped by an oh-so-cute 16th-century watchtower, built to guard against Barbary pirates. Frequent boat trips set off to explore the shimmering seas of the gulf.