Praia Dona Ana, Algarvian coastline near Lagos, Portugal.

Quietly does it

Free of tourists, Lagos reveals its traditional charm, writes Steve McKenna.

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Adrift ... swimming in Alqueva Lake, southern Portugal

Point and steer

A houseboat in the Alentejo sun is a mobile family playground, writes Sally Weale.

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They all like it hot

From thermal baths to caldera cooking, volcanoes are part of village life in the Azores, writes Andrew Purvis.

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Under the Portuguese sun

It happened to Tuscany. Kate Armstrong holds her breath and waits for the world to discover the delights of Portugal's Alentejo region.

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Tiled rooftops of a cluster of houses, as seen from the Castelo - Monsaraz, Alto Alentejo, Portugal

New body, old souls

Ray Kershaw finds the time-honoured ways of village life have changed little around Portugal's vast new man-made lake.

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