Portugal is defined by marvelous wine, unique culture, beautiful scenery, and a maritime past. The steep inclines of the city streets may mirror San Francisco, but upon entering a cupboard-sized Ginjinha Bar you’ll know you’re in Lisbon. Navigate a maze of medieval lanes, which reveal beautiful murals and ornate brickwork in public squares. And be forewarned: the addictive Pastéis de Belém is just one of Portugal’s tasty treasures.
Just an hour drive from Lisbon, Bombarral kisses the ocean; its climate perfectly primed for wine production. Considered the Napa Valley of Portugal, take a tour and tasting at Quinta do Sanguinhal winery. Discover 19th-century gardens, a restored distillery that produces brandy and grappa, and stone tanks where grapes were trodden with wooden presses from 1871.
To the spectacular medieval village of Serra de Marvao. Perched atop a rocky hillside at 3000 feet, the town’s narrow, cobble-stoned streets are lined with whitewashed houses and 13th-century castles. Continue north to the Serra da Estrela Natural Park and stay at the remote Casa das Penhas Douradas. Hike through pristine trails followed by a delectable meal paired with unbeatable views.