Lonely Planet Magazine (US) - - Easy Trips -

Por­tu­gal has seized the spot­light as a dy­namic cen­ter for art, cul­ture and cui­sine. Sev­eral art­fully de­signed mu­se­ums have opened in the past two years, there’s now a cel­e­brated mi­cro­brew­ery scene, and stel­lar Por­tuguese chefs are cre­at­ing culi­nary buzz from Lis­bon to the glit­ter­ing beaches of the Al­garve (seven new restau­rants re­ceived Miche­lin stars in 2017). Height­en­ing Por­tu­gal’s ap­peal are its in­cred­i­ble af­ford­abil­ity and its nat­u­ral won­ders: in 2016, more than 300 beaches earned the cov­eted Blue Flag eco-rat­ing and two new bio­sphere re­serves were named. It’s no sur­prise ev­ery­one is talk­ing about this small, sea­far­ing na­tion. There are ar­chi­tec­tural trea­sures and UNESCO World Her­itage sites, mag­nif­i­cent Ro­man ru­ins, and wine routes criss­cross­ing the coun­try. Given Por­tu­gal’s com­pact size and ex­cel­lent road net­work, you can squeeze a lot into a sin­gle visit.

Musa Brew­ery’s tap­room in east­ern Lis­bon’s up-and-com­ing Marvila neigh­bor­hood » Don’t Miss Sip your way through the winer­ies of Por­tu­gal’s Douro Val­ley, the world’s old­est de­mar­cated wine re­gion. Stay in a guest­house on a wine es­tate, such as Quinta...

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