Many of the medieval houses in the fortified hilltop village of Monsaraz have been converted into atmospheric guesthouses.
Float through the canals and lagoons of fascinating Aveiro on a brightly coloured boat.
Evora is golden-stoned university town complete with Roman temple, Moorish alleys and medieval walls.
There are some great cycling opportunities along the entire Algarve coast.
The picture-book walled town of Obidos was once the traditional bridal gift of Portuguese kings.
Take a train ride or boat trip from Peso da Régua up the Rio Douro valley, one of the loveliest river valleys in Portugal.
The historic city of Coimbra boasts both Portugal’s most famous university and a vibrant student nightlife.
The “Battle Abbey” Mosteiro da Batalha is one of the greatest achievements of Portuguese architecture.
Even novice kayakers will be enchanted by this gentle float down a verdant valley on the Mondego river.
Alfama is a village in the heart of the capital Lisbon, with streets so narrow and precipitous that few cars can enter.
The hilltop Sintra retreat near Lisbon is one of the most scenic in the country, surrounded by opulent palaces and country estates.
The Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês, Portugal's only national park offers alluring trails past gushing streams and alpine scenery.
These delicious flaky custard tartlets are served warm with cinnamon and icing sugar sprinkled over them at Lisbon's Antiga Confeitaria de Belém, where they've been baked for more than a century. Enjoy them and many of the other delicacies traditional in Portugal.
Gigantic monument to religious devotion or obscenely over-the-top royal frippery? You decide at João V’s mighty monastery-cum-palace in Mafra.
The first capital of Portugal, Guimaraes is a beguiling place of cobbled streets and historic buildings.
Take a boat trip to see the playful bottle-nosed dolphins that live in this attractive estuary near Setúbal.
Lisbon’s nightlife is legendary – chic Lux has long been the top place to dance until dawn.
You’d be hard pushed to find a better long-distance footpath than to the Rota Vicentina – it encompasses picturesque villages, wild surf-lashed beaches and vertiginous cliffs.
Tomar’s extraordinary “Convent of Christ” is the former headquarters of the Knights Templar.
Peniche offers consistently good surfing in a country that is blessed with rolling Atlantic waves.
The country’s liveliest and most colourful market on the square in Barcelos shows that rural traditions are alive and well.
The historic riverside bairro of Ribeira in Porto is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.