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All Our Yesterdays

It's a fascinating thought that the lyrics of one of the world's most popular songs came to mind during a car journey between Lisbon and the Algarve.

The Rarities of Arrábida

Towering over Lisbon's southern coastline, the great limestone ridge of the Serra da Arrábida, 40 km south of the city and clearly visible from its higher points, is home to the world’s oldest living examples of Mediterranean vegetation.

The City of Bragança

Situated high on a plateau near Portugal’s north-eastern frontier with Spain, the ancient city of Bragança was once the seat of the Dukes of Bragança, Portugal's fourth and final dynasty, which ruled the country from 1640 to 1910.

Port's Past and Present

It seems that Portugal's much-celebrated port wine was invented by chance. A shortage of French claret at the end of the 17th century had wealthy wine connoisseurs searching for suitable alternatives.

Giving Lisbon a Lift

The world's most original and attractive elevator tower is a filigree-style metal construction looming over downtown Lisbon.

Wild at Heart

The Iberian wolf might be an endangered species but several of them can be seen roaming free at the Centro de Recuperação do Lobo Ibérico (CRLI) near Mafra in central Portugal.

A Prized Writer

Recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature, José Saramago was one of the most thought-provoking and influential novelists of our age, winning a succession of prestigious awards and literary accolades during his lifetime.

The Town of Nordeste

Largely unspoilt by the effects of modern development, Nordeste is a small outpost situated at the north-eastern tip of São Miguel island in the Azores.

The Winds of War

Napoleon's attempts to conquer the Iberian Peninsula came to an abrupt halt when his army under Marshall Massena encountered the Lines of Torres Vedras, a defensive stronghold designed to protect the Portuguese capital.

Let There Be Light

Benfica's magnificent Stadium of Light is a modern version of the one built in the early 1950s, which began life as a large open bowl before floodlights were added four years later.

Bar Excellence

One of the most inspired drinking establishments in the heart of the Portuguese capital is undoubtedly Pavilhão Chinês, whose previous incarnations include a theatre and grocery store.

The Town of Monchique

Tucked away in the Algarve hills, the small spa town of Monchique is popular for its bicarbonated spring waters, rich in sodium and flouride and known to aid respiratory problems and various other ailments.

Dolphins' Delight

It's extremely rare to see a large pod of bottlenose dolphins in European waters, but happily a family of three dozen or so are a regular sight in the Sado Estuary south of Lisbon.

The Final Frontier

There's no place in Portugal as remote as Corvo, a single volcanic crater island set bold as brass in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

That Fado Feeling

Portugal's ever-popular and intensely heartfelt national song is known as fado. It holds UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage of Humanity award and is celebrated the world over as a major performing art.

The City of Funchal

Set on a glittering bay against a background of soaring green mountains and nestling picturesquely into the shelter of the verdant hillside, the enchanting city of Funchal attracted Madeira's earliest settlers in the 15th century.

The Lost Village of Luz

It's the eeriest of feelings passing over a village completely submerged by water.

A Seafaring Story

The history of Portugal's ground-breaking association with the seas spanned a hundred years from 1415-1515. Widely labelled as the Age of the Discoveries, this epoch-making period saw Portuguese navigators sail across uncharted seas to break out of the confines of Europe and discover the New World.

The Best of Belém

Take a stroll down Lisbon's memory lane, in the historic square mile of Belém, where Portugal's fearless adventurers set sail for unknown lands in the 15th century.

Portuguese Water Dogs Invade the White House

The Obama family have two of the best pets known to man living with them in the White House - Bo and Sunny - both Portuguese water dogs.

Cruising the Douro

The tranquil River Douro in the north of Portugal is the perfect setting for a leisurely cruise, as you can see from this photograph taken in the sleepy town of Pinhão.

On the Douro, visitors can spend a week cruising in comfort and style, watching the region's spectacular scenery gradually unfold.

Deep gorges alternate with tranquil valleys and rocky hillsides laboriously sculpted into ancient terraces planted with row after row of precious vines, for this is the land of Port wine.

Everlasting Love

The story of Pedro and Inês is an intriguing one. Portugal's very own Romeo and Juliet.


Animal Magic

Set in sprawling gardens in the Sete Rios district of the capital, Lisbon Zoo has been operating for over a hundred years.

A Piece of History

In the extreme south-western corner of Portugal lies a piece of history that changed the world, none other than Henry the Navigator's Rosa dos Ventos.

The Ancient City of Braga

The ancient city of Braga has always been an important centre for culture, commerce and religion. The Romans dedicated it to their Emperor and called it Bracara Augusta, making it their Galician head-quarters in 216 BC.

Feeling Good in Faro

Faro, the sunshine capital of the Algarve, has metamorphosed into a major tourism hub in recent years, and not just in the high season.

Footloose in Lisbon

Compact and cosmopolitan, Lisbon is a walker's dream come true. There's much that can be seen in just a couple of hours, with plenty of refreshments available along the way.

The Town of Amarante

Situated 56 km east of Porto, the pretty town of Amarante is set immaculately along the banks of the River Tâmega.

Maximum Momentum

The Maximum Surfcamp in Peniche has capitalised on the town's rise to fame as a first-choice surfing destination by launching a value-added low season package between November and March priced from €199 per person per week, including accommodation and free use of all necessary equipment, most importantly surfboards and wet suits.

The Resort of Albufeira

Since the 1970s, the picturesque fishing town of Albufeira in the central coastal region has been the undisputed tourist capital of the Algarve, in winter as well as summer.

When the Earth Shook

The great earthquake of 1755 wasn't exclusive to Lisbon. In fact, the epicentre was calculated to have been out in the Atlantic some 200 km south-west of the Algarve. But the capital was very badly shaken and here's an eyewitness account of what happened on that fateful day.

Eavesdropping on Évora

Keep your ear close to the ground and listen very carefully; the ancient city of Évora in the heart of Portugal's picturesque Alentejo region might just be ready to whisper a few of its secrets...

Madeira on My Mind

Once visited, never forgotten. It’s little wonder that the enchanting island of Madeira attracts more repeat visitors than any other part of the country. Blessed with a spectacular volcanic landscape and subtropical climate, it was discovered by Portuguese navigators in the 15th century.

A Family Affair

Lawrence's has a history like no other place in Portugal. Arguably the second-oldest hotel establishment in Europe, and without doubt the most ancient in all the Iberian Peninsula, it is intimate enough for guests to quickly absorb its exquisite 18th-century character.

In the Pink

1942 was a very turbulent year but it did spawn one of the world's most iconic and popular table wines.

Lisbon's 177-Year-Old Secret

The highly regarded and much celebrated Pastel de Belém celebrates its 177th birthday this year and its ingredients still remain a closely guarded secret.

The Many Faces of Conimbriga

Conimbriga is the most extensive Roman site so far discovered in Portugal but its story is a chequered one.

Portugal's Natural Wonders

When the Portuguese voted for their seven favourite ‘natural wonders’, the outcome was a genuine showcase of the country’s most magnificent landscapes.

All Along the Algarve

It's easy to see why the Algarve has become such a popular holiday destination over the past 30 years or so.

The Timeless Taste of Madeira

When William Shakespeare mentioned Madeira wine in his late sixteenth century play 'Henry IV, Part 1', it seems he was already very well aware of its intoxicating virtues.