#01 Algarve beaches

The region has some of Europe’s finest beaches and there are few more impressive than Praia da Bordeira.

#02 Monsaraz

Many of the medieval houses in the fortified hilltop village of Monsaraz have been converted into atmospheric guesthouses.

#03 Canal trip, Aveiro

Float through the canals and lagoons of fascinating Aveiro on a brightly coloured boat.

#04 Évora

A golden-stoned university town complete with Roman temple, Moorish alleys and medieval walls.

#05 Mountain biking in the Algarve

There are some great cycling opportunities along the entire Algarve coast.

#06 Óbidos

A picture-book walled town that was once the traditional bridal gift of Portuguese kings.

#07 Rio Douro valley

Take a train ride or boat trip from Peso da Régua up one of the loveliest river valleys in Portugal.

#08 Velha Universidade, Coimbra

This historic city boasts Portugal’s most famous university and a vibrant student nightlife.

#09 Batalha

The “Battle Abbey” is one of the greatest achievements of Portuguese architecture.

#10 Kayaking on the Mondego river

Even novice kayakers will be enchanted by this gentle float down a verdant valley.

#11 Alfama, Lisbon

A village in the heart of the capital, with streets so narrow and precipitous that few cars can enter.

#12 Sintra

The hilltop retreat near Lisbon is one of the most scenic in the country, surrounded by opulent palaces and country estates.

#13 Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês

The country’s only national park offers alluring trails past gushing streams and alpine scenery.

#14 Pastéis de Belém

These delicious flaky custard tartlets have been made and served warm with cinnamon and icing sugar sprinkled over them for more than a century at the Antiga Confeitaria de Belém.

#15 Mosteiro Palacio Nacional de Mafra

Gigantic monument to religious devotion or obscenely over-the-top royal frippery? You decide at João V’s mighty monastery-cum-palace.

#16 Guimarães

The first capital of Portugal is a beguiling place of cobbled streets and historic buildings.

#17 Dolphin-watching in the Sado estuary

Take a boat trip to see the playful bottle-nosed dolphins that live in this attractive estuary near Setúbal.

#18 Lisbon clubbing

Lisbon’s nightlife is legendary – chic Lux has long been the top place to dance until dawn.

#19 Rota Vicentina

You’d be hard pushed to find a better long-distance footpath – it encompasses picturesque villages, wild surf-lashed beaches and vertiginous cliffs.

#20 Convento do Cristo, Tomar

Tomar’s extraordinary “Convent of Christ” is the former headquarters of the Knights Templar.

#21 Surfing

Peniche offers consistently good surfing in a country that is blessed with rolling Atlantic waves.

#22 Feira de Barcelos

The country’s liveliest and most colourful market shows that rural traditions are alive and well.

#23 Serra da Estrela

The highest mountains in Portugal conceal windswept uplands, remote villages and challenging hiking trails.

#24 Porto’s riverfront

The historic riverside bairro of Ribeira is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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