The wild swept Atlantic coastline, deserted dunes, blue-flag beaches, sardine fisheries and cobblestone villages surrounded by citrus orchards – this is Portugal! One of the ‘must do’ destinations of Europe, it is Lisbon that is leading the way in its popularity. Rococco shopfronts, trams trundling through winding roads, surrounded by hills that echo in the evening with the mournful sound from fado bars, be swept away with the subtle atmosphere of a thinly veiled history. Take a day tour to the UNESCO town of Sintra or head north to Porto, dramatically situated on a hilly location and best known as the historic home of port wine and the start to walking the Portuguese Coastal Way of the Camino. Sample the best Portuguese tarts in Belem, Lisbon where the queues are long for a reason, a local specialty of a flaky cheese tart spiced with cinnamon, or Galicia’s famed octopus served on wooden plates accompanied by potato. The faded sophistication will charm, the food will inspire and a place to return to time and again.