Portugal is as popular as ever, with its laid-back attitude and wealth of scenic corners to relax in. Here, you can stretch out an afternoon with a glass of wine and a good conversations, and escape the bustle of a rushed daily schedule. Portugal is not a place for harried activity, just long, lazy days and good hearty meals.
The likeable capital city of Lisbon is a relaxed port overlooked by a ruined castle where whitewashed, cobbled streets form a labyrinth concealing fantastic architecture and Art Nouveau shops and cafés. Elsewhere, Porto, at the mouth of the Douro River, is more than just the sum of its port-producing suburb Vila Nova de Gaia and also boasts Roman ramparts and French-style squares.
Long sandy beaches and a string of golf courses make up the Algarve where, despite recent mass development, it's still easy to escape the resorts and find a tranquil spot in the surrounding countryside, where you'll stumble across medieval towns, olive groves, vineyards and heritage sites. Go further afield to discover the volcanic island of Madeira perched out in the Atlantic and offering lush, mountainous beauty and a leisurely, laid-back approach to life.
Ponta da Piedade, Algarve