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Lisbon attractions: what to see and do in spring

Rarely too hot or cold, <b>Lisbon</b> is a year-round destination. Set against the ever-present backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, this dainty sun-kissed city lives in a Latin fairytale of timeworn manners and traditions. Here are my recommendations for events this spring.<p><b>Arte Lisboa, Parque das Nacoes</b><br>May 29 …

Four classic road trips in Spain and Portugal

Head to Spain to see the highlights of sunny Andalucía or the historic cities and towns north of Madrid, and to Portugal for Atlantic surf breaks or a tour of the Douro's vineyards<p><b>870 miles</b> <b><br>Two weeks</b><br>Fly into <b>Málaga (1)</b>, pick up a hire car and drive east along the coast. An obvious place to stop for a …

Travel tips: unspoilt Algarve, kids in the kitchen and deals of the week

Take me there: Rota Vicentina, Portugal<p>With its vast, empty beaches washed by Atlantic breakers, sun-bleached villages and forests of cork and eucalyptus, the Alentejo offers a glimpse of what the Algarve looked like before mass tourism. A new 340km walking route, the Rota Vicentina …

Boutique hostels in Europe: maximum style, minimum budget

Forget nights in cramped, drab dorms, these gorgeous, brilliantly-located hostels are clean and comfortable, with stylish extras that make them feel more like a chic hotel – without the price tag

Day trips from Lisbon, Portugal: readers' travel tips

The Convento de Cristo in Tomar is probably one of the most spectacular places in Portugal. Founded by the Knights Templar, it's a beautiful, mysterious and magical place, wonderful to discover and enjoy. Tomar is about two hours north-east of Lisbon, so an overnight stay would be even better.<br>•</i> …

Portugal beyond the Algarve

Cities buzzing with music and art, historic towns, uncrowded beaches and majestic mountains … here are 15 great places to go in Portugal