We have chosen to feature the captivating and diverse hinterland of this fascinating country rather than the Algarve beaches. Our places to stay include lovely Manor Houses & Quintas in spectacular surroundings, luxury hotels on the Lisbon Coast and all the regional Pousadas.

Explore the Alentejo, a vast agricultural tract with its history dating back to the times of Romans and the Moors. Here, old values are fiercely protected and days pass slowly in the heat of the sun. Home to Évora, a World Heritage City, filled with treasures of bygone days.

Try the Costa Verde region in the far north of the country. This is rural countryside at its best with forests and hillsides sweeping down to green valleys and the town of Guimãraes, a medieval treasure and held to be the birthplace of the Portuguese nation. The region is synonymous with thousands of terraced vineyards alongside the peacefully meandering Duoro River.

You can see the best of the countryside on our car touring holidays or widen the horizons with adding Madeira on a two-centre holiday. Portugal, birthplace of the great explorers, Christopher Columbus and Vasco da Gama, awaits your discovery.