The glamour set, along with treacherous spies, hung out in Lisbon during World War II, giving rise to ficitional gems such as agent 007.
Where to see the most dazzling examples of azulejos, the tile art that portrays Portuguese history and culture.
Portugal's Prince Henry the Navigator could just as easily have been known as Henry the Stay-At-Home.
Humberto Delgado airport in Lisbon is one of the world's most historic airports.
Walking becomes a simple spiritual journey as days shrink to the world around us: the cobbled path, the waves on the beach and the fellowship of other pilgrims.
The UNESCO Creative City of Literature serves up great history and cherry brandy.
Essentially, all the food available here – some from Michelin-starred chefs – has been chosen by travel journalists and food critics.
So sheer are the mountains, so steep the inclines of the roads that each settlement has to cling on, limpet like, wherever it can.
If you’ve been to Spain and loved it; if you’ve toured Italy and had an amazing time; if you’ve hung out in the south of France and had a ball – you need to get to Portugal.