Portugal's modern and cosmopolitan capital, Lisbon, is located on the Atlantic coast and has been extensively redeveloped since earthquakes levelled it in the 1700s. One of the highlights of any visit to the capital is a trip across the water to nearby Cacilhas, where an elevated statue of Christ, reminiscent of Rio's Christ the Redeemer, offers stunning panoramas of the city.
Then, just 30 minutes from Lisbon, Cascais makes for a wonderful second half of your holiday as a luxurious seaside retreat. A short drive inland brings you to Sintra and its famously colourful castles – its most distinctive the fairytale-esque Palácio da Pena.
Another popular site in the region is Autodromo do Estoril which, in its glory days, was home to Formula One until motor racing legend Ayrton Senna won the last ever F1 race held here in 1985. This rich historical legacy makes this the perfect place to start your visit, before perhaps cruising down the Tagus River into central Portugal's sandy beaches and rolling hills.