Portugal

Though overshadowed by its more popular neighbour to the east, Portugal remains one of Europe’s unspoilt gems. This land of traditional villages and vibrant cities has a countryside strewn with historical treasures and a wide assortment of World Heritage sites – natural and cultural wonders that offer a window into this once great seafaring nation. Have a go at scuba-diving, surfing, windsurfing or kitesurfing at one of the watersports centres dotted along the coast.

Traditional festivals with dancing, drinking, and feasting, occur throughout the year. Top picks include Lisbon`s festival of St Anthony (12 and 13 June) and Braga`s festival of St John (23 and 24 June). A colourful tapestry of urban life awaits in the vibrant hilltop neighbourhoods of Lisbon. Don’t miss drinks in rowdy Bairro Alto, live fado in the Alfama or cafe culture in elegant Chiado. The city is home to Europe`s largest oceanarium.

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