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Portugal’s cities have a charming small-town vibe with welcoming locals, while its beaches are gaining recognition worldwide for epic sun and surf. For history buffs, it’s a treasure trove; one of Europe’s longest surviving armies defended this maritime superpower from dramatic mountaintop fortresses. 

Portugal’s borders have changed little since its independence in the 12th century. Yet the reaches of its empire stretched from Brazil to East Asia and down to Africa’s southern reaches. These colonies have influenced its flavours, attitude and aesthetic.

Lisbon has oodles of attractions to keep you busy – this hilly city has charm in every corner. Hop aboard a cable car and take in the sea air or dine al fresco at one of the capital’s many restaurants and cafes; bar hop through Bairro Alto or visit the Unesco World Heritage Sites at Torre de Belém and Mosteiro dos Jerónimos.

Head inland for wine tours – or the ruby-red port for which the country is famous. This is an agricultural nation, with generations of Portuguese working the land. The inland regions are also great spots to walk or cycle, while rivers offer the opportunity for fun kayaking adventures. 

No trip to Portugal would be complete without a trip to the coast. The seaside town of Peniche has some of Europe’s premier surf, while the calmer waters of the Algarve are perfect for those who seek a laid-back holiday with plenty of sun and sand. Be sure to visit Lagos, Praia Da Rocha and lively Albufeira.

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Arts + Culture Lovers; Backpackers/Budget Travellers; Beach Bums; Couples/Honeymooners; Families; Foodies; History Buffs; LGBTQ-friendly

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