With its picturesque countryside, ancient castles and dramatic beaches, Portugal is much more than port wine and pastéis de nata (custard tarts) – although both are well worth sampling. It’s a country of rich history, lively cities and elegant charm. As one of Europe’s oldest countries and the home of the world’s first global empire, Portugal has been a powerhouse since the 15th century and is rapidly growing in popularity amongst travellers.
The country’s petite size means you can start the day strolling the scenic vineyards of the Douro Valley, spend lunch in Lisbon eating bacalhau (cod) and sipping ginjinha (morello cherry liqueur) and finish with sunset over the rocks of Lagos’ Praia do Camilo beach. Portugal delights the senses and warms the soul.