Portugal //

Author picks

Our authors have visited every corner of Portugal to bring you some unique travel experiences. Here are some of their own personal favourites.

Stay in a castle

Be a king or queen for the night at the lovely, tranquil Forte de São João da Barra, overlooking the Reserva Natural Ria Formosa, or the Pousada Dom Afonso II – a historic castle, which has had a stylish, contemporary makeover.

Great walks

Fantastic walking trails abound including the epic Rota Vicentina through the unspoilt southwest of the country and some terrific mountain paths in the north’s Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês.

Classic journeys

The drive or train ride along the Douro is our favourite – from Porto to the Spanish border, with lashings of local wine along the way.

Party time

Let your hair down (and look out for the plastic hammers) at Porto’s riotous Festa de São João.

Coastal beauty spots

The tiny Algarve village of Benagil marks the start of a clifftop path that leads past an awesome sea cave, while the pretty resort of Vila Nova de Milfontes faces a tranquil estuary on the wild Alentejo coast.

Delightful towns

Favourites include the ancient hilltop settlements of Marvão and Monsaraz, both with sublime views over the Alto Alentejo, though beautiful Belmonte runs a close second.

Magnificent markets

Foodies will find the local fish and seafood at Olhão market unbeatable, while Estremoz market sells some of the best Alentejan crafts and local produce, and Barcelos in the Minho is the country’s most traditional market.

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