30 January, 2019
At the very edge of Western Europe is where Portugal crumbles and crashes into the Atlantic Ocean. It does so in grand style, with gold-tinged beaches running beneath carved cliffs throughout the Algarve and green hills spilling down to wispy sands along the so-called Silver Coast. When you aren't wild swimming or surfing in these parts, cities like Lisbon and Porto beckon with Azulejo-fronted churches, warrens of cobbled lanes, and cantinas that burst with salt-cod and Douro red wines. Back inland and you can even escape to mystical mountain fortresses, or scale to stone-built villages deep in untouched sierras. Cheap flights to Portugal from Australia will usually involve one or two stopovers, departing out of big hubs like Sydney or Melbourne.
Porto is a handsome city of cobbled lanes and steep hillsides, where the main attraction is the row of ancient port cellars that lines the Douro River.
Drink cold beers under Moorish castles and uncover tales of brave Portuguese adventurers in the capital of Lisbon.
Want beaches? The Algarve is the place to go. From wave-bashed Arrifana on the Atlantic to cliff-topped Carvoeiro, there's something here for everyone.