If you want to go off the beaten track, don't forget to visit the Azores islands. The Azores islands are a group of nine islands, which lie around 930 miles of the coast of Lisbon. The islands have preserved an idyllic way of life. If you want to relax, you will love what these islands have to offer. The city of Porto is a revelation. It is one of the oldest cities in Europe and also a world heritage site. Did you know, Port wine is actually named after the city of Porto?
Portugal is also known for its cuisine. The Portuguese eat a simple but delicious diet consisting of smoked meats, cheese, fresh bread, olives, chargrilled fish, wine, and cataplana. Do try the pastel de nata or custard tart. Try and take some time out of your itinerary to visit vineyards in Douro valley. We recommend the Quinta da Pachera winery, which offers a guided tour. Other excellent vineyards in the region are Quinta das Carvalhas (which has the best views), Quinta das Crasto (another vineyard with excellent views), and the old vineyard of Quinta Nova.