Portugal is one of the most interesting and beautiful countries in Western Europe. Of course, the most popular destinations are Lisbon with its many miradouros (viewpoints) and the Algarve region blessed with golden beaches and cliffs.

But my favorite city in Portugal is Porto - it's an absolute gem. And, not to be missed are the Azores - completely off the beaten path islands which deserve to be the world's top destination - everything is perfect in Azores - little Portuguese towns with magnificent architecture, unspoiled green landscapes, spectacular cliffs, hot springs and caldera lakes - and all this fully authentic without annoying crowds of tourists.