In 2019 Condé Nast Traveller Chose Portugal As The Best European Destination. From a landscape photographer's perspective, it is not hard to understand why. With the diversity of landscapes and rugged coastline and relatively small size, Portugal is easy to take in especially when one embarks on a self-drive tour.
When most people think of Portugal the Algarve comes to mind with its red-cliffed coastline and idyllic whitewashed Moorish villages dotted with lattice chimneys and orange groves. Porto is Portugal's second-biggest city, and very different in character from the capital, Lisbon. Porto is unpretentious and unashamedly commercial obstinately clinging to a slightly time-worn way of life.
The Azores, nine tiny atolls of black lava rising from the depths of the mid-Atlantic have been described as the Hawaii of Europe and the reasons are not hard to see. Their breath-taking natural landscapes are truly wonderful.
On São Miguel, known as the green island you'll experience crater lake fed waterfalls tumbling down basalt cliffs and rivulets coursing down rain-forest covered hills, to lush green pastures dotted with cows the Azores are a landscape photographer and gardeners dream. The other island crosses a spectrum of biomes. Tiny Santa Maria is an island of fine white-sand beaches. Terceira, the heart of the archipelago first settled in 1450 is a wild and hilly island with many walking snd hiking trails. Much of the island is a nature reserve with a patchwork of small farms and stonewalls. Another island is Faial. It is close to the tectonic divide between the European and North American plates. Faial can be considered the westernmost point in Europe (from a geophysical perspective)