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.
The rugged but fertile landscape of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Douro Valley is home to the vineyards that produce northern Portugal’s world-famous fortified port wine. Here are the best ways to get around the Douro Valley while still seeing all its sights; fall is the perfect time to visit as the tourist hordes have gone
At first glance, Estoril looked unremarkable in comparison to other European coastal towns; lovely yes, but with no distinctive features to entice travelers into choosing it over its more glamourous counterparts in Italy, Spain and France. I soon discovered, however, that there is one true commodity that makes a destination stand out, the one ingredient that makes a holiday memorable years after your visit: its people.