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Stones Rolling to Lisbon

The organisers of Lisbon's forthcoming Rock in Rio music festival got plenty of satisfaction when the legendary Rolling Stones agreed to perform during the event, proving that you can sometimes get what you want.

Mother of All Parties

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), the most notable tribute of which is extended to the Lisbon-born preacher and saviour of lost souls, Santo António or Saint Anthony, whose life is celebrated each year on the evening and throughout the entire night of the 12th of June starting with a lively carnival-style parade down Lisbon's main thoroughfare, the Avenida da Liberdade.

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.

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.

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.

Visiting 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.

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.

Visiting Albufeira

Since the 1970s, the picturesque fishing town of Albufeira in the central coastal region has been the undisputed tourist capital of the Algarve, in winter as well as summer.

Eavesdropping on Évora

Keep your ear close to the ground and listen very carefully; the ancient city of Évora in the heart of Portugal's picturesque Alentejo region might just be ready to whisper a few of its secrets...

Visiting Aveiro

Known as the Venice of Portugal, Aveiro is surrounded by salt-flats, beaches and lagoons and dominated by the Central Canal running through the centre of town.

Visiting Braga

The ancient city of Braga has always been an important centre for culture, commerce and religion. The Romans dedicated it to their Emperor and called it Bracara Augusta, making it their Galician head-quarters in 216 BC.

The Lost Village of Luz

It's the eeriest of feelings passing over a village completely submerged by water.

Feeling Good in Faro

Faro, the sunshine capital of the Algarve, has metamorphosed into a major tourism hub in recent years, and not just in the high season.

A Piece of History

In the extreme south-western corner of Portugal lies a piece of history that changed the world, none other than Henry the Navigator's Rosa dos Ventos.

The Many Faces of Conimbriga

Conimbriga is the most extensive Roman site so far discovered in Portugal but its story is a chequered one.

Visiting Amarante

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

Visiting Abrantes

Well sited above the River Tagus and always of strategic importance over the centuries, Abrantes provides an excellent base from which to explore the lower central region of Portugal.

Visiting Covilhã

With its steep narrow streets and spectacular views, Covilhã is one of the most charming places in central Portugal.

Visiting Lamego

Overlooked by one of Portugal's most important shrines, Lamego is an ancient episcopal city lying within the Upper Douro's demarcated Port wine area.

Visiting Angra

Full of customs and tradition, the delightful UNESCO World Heritage city of Angra do Heroísmo has played a strategic role as a mid-Atlantic port over the centuries.

Visiting Funchal

Set on a glittering bay against a background of soaring green mountains and nestling picturesquely into the shelter of the verdant hillside, the enchanting city of Funchal attracted Madeira's earliest settlers in the 15th century.

Gateway to the Azores

The largest place in the Azores and capital of São Miguel since 1522, Ponta Delgada is a charming city stretched out along a wide bay on the island's south coast.