Portugal has a jaw-dropping, beautiful coastline, and faces both the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. It’s one of the oldest nations in Europe, and has a tolerant, liberal outlook. A significant portion of Portugal’s population come from Portuguese-speaking former colonies in Africa and Brazil.

Lisbon is a diverse and beautiful capital city. With its network of traditional trams, outdoor elevators and funicular railways, evocative ruined monasteries, castles and cafe culture, Lisbon makes for a wonderful city break at any time of year. The light in Portugal is the light of southern Europe and north Africa: full-bodied and blazing, even in midwinter. In the hills near Lisbon lies another gem, the historic town of Sintra, with its amazing palaces, fortresses and grottos.

Sintra: a land of dreams and fairy tales