Portugal’s allure lies in its vibrantly-coloured cities, its striking terrain and its glorious food and wine. A visit to the Douro Valley, the preeminent destination for gourmet offerings in the country, will leave your taste buds dancing with joy. Tour the sprawling vineyards of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, which lie next to the winding river, and enjoy sips of some of the region’s best Dao wines paired with smoked meats and fine fish dishes. Nature beckons at the Algarve, where some of Europe’s best beaches and surfs can be found, and at the Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês, the only national park in Portugal where sparkling waterfalls and lush vegetation abound in the mountainous terrain.
Over at Lisbon, the European country’s capital, bask in the culture and the sheer beauty of the city as your guide introduces you to the local highlights. Porto also boasts its fair share of enchanting sites; on a bike tour, cycle alongside your guide to a Romanesque cathedral, and pop into the bookstore that is believed to have inspired Hogwarts from the Harry Potter series. A performance of traditional Portuguese singing, fado, will grip your heartstrings and end your holiday on a poignant note.