We're sure you've heard of him. Maybe a friend told you about one of their magnificent beaches. Maybe you saw a report dedicated to traditional Algarve cuisine, the best restaurants to eat xarém or cataplana. Or perhaps he has already stumbled across a text like this, which highlights the history, culture and friendliness of those who are used to welcoming those who visit.

But there is an Algarve that you need to know: that of those who live here all year round.

Only they will be able to show you the hidden villages, the wildest hiking trails, the best restaurants to eat xarém, the deserted beaches, the places where flamingos flutter, the perfect courses to take your first golf swing.

Listen to our biggest secrets. And then whisper them over and over again in the ears of family and friends, because life is happier when there is sharing.