Portugal

Portugal is many things to many people. It can be golfing heaven, a place to party, a pilgrimage, or a cultural break. Fatima is near Lisbon, and draws religious tourists all year round. Lisbon itself is a vibrant city with its feet in the past and its eyes on the future. The Belem Tower, Monument to the Discoveries and the Jeronimos Monastery all lie on the waterfront, which is a great place to stroll around.

Madeira and The Azores are spectacular volcanic islands far out in the Atlantic and perfect destinations if you want to go somewhere remote. The Algarve has countless resorts and 200km (125 miles) of clean beaches.

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Why you should go:

To stand on the waterfront in Lisbon and imagine the ships that set sail hundreds of years ago to discover the world.

Why you shouldn't:

You hate the sun.

Map of Portugal