Lisbon is one of the most atmospheric cities in Europe, but this small, highly historic country is far from done yet. There's the balmy resort region of Algarve, the green north, home of Port wine, including Porto, the Douro Valley, Coimbra, and Braga; and Atlantic islands Madeira and the Azores; and much more.

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A tour to discover Portuguese cork

When we booked the "Algarve jeep safari," they promised a tour to the interior to show there was more to Portugal's southernmost region than beaches, bars and golf courses. We passed through remote villages; stopped off at a couple of out-of-the-way places for a coffee break and lunch; visited a distillery; and finally stopped in a cork oak grove, where Tomás our guide gave an interesting presentation. At home, I usually drink wine in a screwtop bottle. I know there’s a bit of controversy…

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3 road trips you'll love in Portugal

As in other areas, Portugal has been somewhat underrated in terms of its scenic appeal, but this small southern European country is filled with winding routes that take you through beautiful landscapes, breathtaking beaches, and small whitewashed villages. In short, fertile territory for renting a car and taking some magnificent road trips. On top of that, road trips in Portugal tend to be relatively short - hence they're especially well suited for families looking for adventure but without…

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