Portugal: The world’s hottest destination in 2017
Warm weather, stunning beaches, historic cities and affordable prices make it a top choice. It’s also just a hop, skip or jump from pretty much anywhere in Europe.
Parts of Lisbon, the capital, date back to the ninth century.
Brave surfers can tackle the huge swell in Nazare, while beach-lovers can soak up the sun in the Algarve
Portugal’s second biggest city, Porto, is located in the country’s north.
It’s about an hour’s drive from the Minho wine region, which produces fresh whites perfect for drinking in the summer as well as robust fortified wines.
In terms of food, a local favourite is the Francesinha, which is like a sandwich with sausage, ham, steak, melted cheese and a hot tomato and beer sauce.
The city itself has a medieval centre with cobbled streets and gilded carvings. It’s a maze, but if you follow the river you won’t get lost.