Outstanding cycling, stunning beaches, world class food and wines, and the finest hospitality.
This sunny little country that time and the rest of the world often seems to have forgotten has a remarkable history. It was from its long Atlantic coastline that the little caravels sailed off to make the greatest of the 15th and 16th century New World Discoveries.
Remarkably diverse for its size, the terrain in Portugal ranges from the lush forests and green terraced valleys in the north to the rolling olive tree-studded plains in the south. Its stunning coastline with its long beaches, hidden coves and high cliffs border the whole country.
This is a country populated more by small villages - with ways that go back a thousand years - than by big cities. The Portuguese themselves have an old-world charm and courtesy that's hard to resist –a people bound by a love of family and tradition.
The wine is delicious and clearly established as a force to be reckoned with in the vintner's world. The cuisine is superb and like every other aspect of Portuguese life dominated by the sea.