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Maximum Momentum

The Maximum Surfcamp in Peniche has capitalised on the town's rise to fame as a first-choice surfing destination by launching a value-added low season package between November and March priced from €199 per person per week, including accommodation and free use of all necessary equipment, most importantly surfboards and wet suits.

The Final Frontier

There's no place in Portugal as remote as Corvo, a single volcanic crater island set bold as brass in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

That Fado Feeling

Portugal's ever-popular and intensely heartfelt national song is known as fado. It holds UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage of Humanity award and is celebrated the world over as a major performing art.

The Águas Livres Aqueduct

Built in the 18th century, Lisbon's aqueduct has 109 arches in all and stretches 19 kilometres (11 miles) from Caneças to the Casa de Água reservoir in the city’s Amoreiras district.

The City of Guimarães

Celebrated as the cradle of the Portuguese nation, Guimarães played an important role in many of the events that led to the country's independence and witnessed the birth of Afonso Henriques I.

The Tea Queen

Although Catarina de Bragança, the queen-consort of Charles II, didn't introduce tea to England, she certainly made the afternoon tea dance fashionable and due to her influence it became a much more widely drunk beverage.

Poetry in Commotion

Portugal's most celebrated poet, Luís Vaz de Camões (c. 1524-1580), lived an extraordinarily eventful life by any stretch of the imagination. As a young man he fought in Morocco and paid with the loss of an eye, followed by a period of imprisonment in Lisbon for taking part in a street fight. He was released on condition that he served the king's militia in India, thus flinging him into a reckless and dangerous life of adventure.

Birds of a Feather

Portugal is synonymous with bird-watching; the two go hand-in-hand. Rich in both salt and freshwater wetlands, the country has a great abundance of birdlife all year round, some of which is quite rare. The combined characteristics of the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts attract a wider variety of species than many other destinations. Indeed, it's a preferred place of permanent habitation for many birds and an ideal spot for extended stopovers for others during migration.

Footloose in Lisbon

Compact and cosmopolitan, Lisbon is a walker's dream come true. There's much that can be seen in just a couple of hours, with plenty of refreshments available along the way.

The Town of Porto Moniz

Set high on a hill looking over the seafront, Porto Moniz is a remote coastal town located at the north-westernmost point of Madeira, well sheltered by a narrow peninsula that points toward a picturesque islet called Ilhéu Mole.

The Town of Lagos

The Moors, Romans and Phoenicians helped create the charming town of Lagos in the western Algarve and parts of its ancient wall still stand guard. A modern statue of Henry the Navigator holding a sextant and gazing out to sea recalls the port’s most memorable role in Portugal's history.

A Family Affair

Lawrence's has a history like no other place in Portugal. Arguably the second-oldest hotel establishment in Europe, and without doubt the most ancient in all the Iberian Peninsula, it is intimate enough for guests to quickly absorb its exquisite 18th-century character.

Fit for a Queen

Enveloped in a Moorish wall, the diminutive whitewashed village of Óbidos was deemed so enchanting that it was gifted to a queen, not once but many times throughout the centuries.

The Village of Sintra

Lying at the east end of a rocky range of mountains just 26 km west of the centre of Lisbon, the fairy-tale setting of Sintra is one of the oldest places in Portugal.

River of Gold

Iberia's third longest river, the majestic Rio Douro, gathers waters from over fifty major tributaries to form the peninsula's largest river basin.

The Town of Amarante

Situated 56 km east of Porto, the pretty town of Amarante is set immaculately along the banks of the River Tâmega.

In the Pink

1942 was a very turbulent year but it did spawn one of the world's most iconic and popular table wines.

Way Out West

Recalling times from days gone by, Aldeia da Cuada on Flores in the Azores is a rare treat on the very western edge of Europe.

Mother of All Parties

Put a note in next year's diary, June is the month when Lisbon explodes into life with dancing in the streets and sardines sizzling on every corner - it is the month of the Santos Populares (Popular Saints).

Beacon of Faith

Over four million people visit a village called Fátima in the centre of Portugal each year where three children saw the Virgin Mary almost a century ago.

A Fish for All Occasions

The versatility of the dried salted cod known as bacalhau has long-established it as the Portuguese national dish.

World's Smallest Guesthouse

Blink and you might easily miss the Portuguez Inn as you stroll down Rua Dom Frei Caetano Brandão in the northern city of Braga - but that's the whole point.

A Seafaring Story

The history of Portugal's ground-breaking association with the seas spanned a hundred years from 1415-1515. Widely labelled as the Age of the Discoveries, this epoch-making period saw Portuguese navigators sail across uncharted seas to break out of the confines of Europe and discover the New World.

Sounds of a Nation

Portugal has a rich musical heritage, flavoured by the meanderings of early medieval troubadours when Europe's south-westernmost country ruled half the world. Today it's the soulful ballads of the fervent fado singers in Lisbon's ancient Alfama and Bairro Alto quarters who continue to entrance visitors from far-away lands.

The Best of Belém

Take a stroll down Lisbon's memory lane, in the historic square mile of Belém, where Portugal's fearless adventurers set sail for unknown lands in the 15th century.

All the Fury of Furnas

One of Europe’s best-kept spa secrets is Furnas, a live volcanic showpiece located on the eastern side of São Miguel island in the Azores.

All Quiet in the Atlantic

Ocean hideaways don't get much more idyllic than Porto Santo, a pretty volcanic island off the Moroccan coast near Madeira.

All Along the Algarve

It's easy to see why the Algarve has become such a popular holiday destination over the past 30 years or so.

The House of Pointed Stones

One of Lisbon's architectural treasures, the Casa dos Bicos or House of the Pointed Stones, stands just off the city's main square, Praça do Comércio.

A Rare View of the Oceans

Lisbon’s state-of-the-art Oceanário is not only the city's top attraction but also the largest of its kind in Europe.

The Village of Santana

Named after St Anne, mother of the Virgin Mary, Santana is a village of hedgerows and flowers on the north coast of Madeira Island.

The Timeless Taste of Madeira

When William Shakespeare mentioned Madeira wine in his late sixteenth century play 'Henry IV, Part 1', it seems he was already very well aware of its intoxicating virtues.

Lisbon's 177-Year-Old Secret

The highly regarded and much celebrated Pastel de Belém celebrates its 177th birthday this year and its ingredients still remain a closely guarded secret.

Madeira on My Mind

Once visited, never forgotten. It’s little wonder that the enchanting island of Madeira attracts more repeat visitors than any other part of the country. Blessed with a spectacular volcanic landscape and subtropical climate, it was discovered by Portuguese navigators in the 15th century.

The Pride of the North

Rich from centuries of trade, the ancient city of Porto is as much a cosmopolitan centre as it is a place steeped in the historical events of the past. The city is best-known for its striking bridges and the much-celebrated Port wine.

Animal Magic

Set in sprawling gardens in the Sete Rios district of the capital, Lisbon Zoo has been operating for over a hundred years.

Introducing...the Chocolate Factory Hotel

Portugal is poised to open its first chocolate-themed hotel in the northern town of Viana do Castelo.

More Blue Flags for Portugal

Portugal has been ranked 5th in the list of Europe's top beach destinations with 298 beaches and 17 marinas receiving the coveted Blue Flag this year, an increase of 8 per cent compared with the previous year.

Artist Porto Hotel Now Open

One of Portugal's largest travel companies, Sonae Turismo, recently inaugurated the Artist Porto Hotel & Bistrô in the northern city of Porto.