Newly elected one of the seven natural wonders of Portugal, the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa lies east of Olhão in the Algarve, a 60-km (37-mile) straggle of sand dunes, salt pans – some dating back to Roman times – and marshland rich in birdlife and rare fauna. A day in the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa can make a tranquil break from the busy beaches and golf courses of the Algarve.
Better known for its eco-tourism than its museums, Madeira nevertheless has plenty of options to entertain visitors. The top five museums on Madeira showcase island life, but there is also a charming museum of sacred art that is well worth a visit.
Madeira lies in the Atlantic Ocean, far enough south to be an all-year-around destination for European sun lovers. Visiting Madeira in winter means an island without hordes of summer tourists and a pleasant temperature usually backed by hours of sun each day.
One of Porto’s liveliest annual festivals in Festa de São João on June 23, taking place amid much merriment with dancing and feasting in the streets and a spectacular fireworks display rounding proceedings off. But this northern Portuguese city is a party town, full of street parties, festivals and events. Here’s how to brighten up the long autumnal days with fall festivals around Porto.
Portugal’s favorite vacation destination sprawls along the country’s south coast, a region of sun-kissed white towns and golf courses edged with a necklace of golden beaches. Of the many photogenic towns on the Algarve, here’s a countdown for spending the day in Lagos.