Spread across steep hillsides that overlook the Rio Tejo, Lisbon offers all the delights you’d expect of Portugal’s star attraction, yet with half the fuss of other European capitals.
Castle towns with cobbled streets or lively resorts on golden beaches. You choose.
Porto & the Douro
The northern half of the Alentejo is a medieval gem, with a scattering of walled fortress towns (like Elvas and Estremoz) and remote cliff-top castles (like Marvão and Castelo de Vide).
Estremadura & Ribatejo
From across the Rio Douro at sunset, romantic Porto, the country’s second-largest city, looks like a pop-up town.
Running up the Atlantic coast from the mouth of the Rio Tejo almost to the Rio Mondego, Estremadura has long been a land of plenty, its rolling hills and valleys offering up some of Portugal’s richest farmland.
Most frazzled urbanites hop on a plane when the sun-and-sea urge hits them.
The medieval capital of Portugal for over a hundred years, and site of the country’s greatest university for the past five centuries, Coimbra wears its weighty importance in Portuguese history with gritty dignity.