Portugal continuously surprises, whether with its fine climate and natural beauty, or its cuisine, fine wines and luxury hotels
Despite sharing the Iberian peninsula with Spain, Portugal is deliciously different from its neighbour and the rest of Europe. After all, this is a land that has made heroes out of salted cod, fortified wine and mournful folk music. A trip to continental Portugal, or its islands of Madeira and the Azores, is full of surprises.
With history and culture in abundance, simple yet satisfying cuisine, crisp vinho verde and rich reds, not to mention beautiful beaches, Portugal really has something for everyone. The standard bearer for European Atlantic resorts has to be Belmond Reid's Palace in Madeira, one of the continent's classic luxury destinations. Perched above the mighty ocean, surrounded by glorious displays of geraniums and hibiscus, you'll feel a million miles away from the daily grind.