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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 …

From markets where old ladies sell produce from their gardens to traditional seafood restaurants, Been there readers know the best places in Portugal for foodies<p>At this Saturday market old ladies sell whatever is fresh in their vegetable garden and on their fruit trees, and their husbands sell …

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

Best beaches in Spain and Portugal: readers' travel tips

<b>WINNING TIP:</b> Cabanas de Tavira, Eastern Algarve<p>Cabanas is on the eastern edge of the Rio Formosa nature reserve. Although property is springing up, it retains the charm of an authentic Portuguese fishing village. The beach is accessed by water taxis, which run frequently during the summer. A …

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 is cheaper than anywhere else in western Europe, which is reflected in the prices of these great places to stay, from arty cabins in the Algarve to a cool surfer's hostel near Lisbon

20 rural retreats in Portugal

<b>Rustic chic</b><p>Quinta das Sequoias Estremadura<p>Hidden in a deep forest, this long, two-storey white quinta, dating from 1870, is full of delights and dream-like views of palaces and castles. Corridors and walls are adorned with paintings and sculptures from some of Portugal's foremost artists, alongside …

Sandy beaches for the little ones, outdoor action for older kids… Portugal is ideal for family getaways. Our top 10 places to stay also include tips on where to eat and what to do<p>Proving that family friendly needn't mean functional and uninspiring, the 10 self-catering rooms, studios and apartments …

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