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Portugal’s hotter than ever since Madonna set up shop outside Lisbon. But if the bump and grind of all those tourists is too much, the Alentejo region offers great wine and a relaxing vibe. Let your body go with the flow, as they say…

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Everyone’s talking about it. From the brunch spots of London to the baggage reclaims of Lisbon airport, Madonna’s move to Portugal, to a small palace in Sintra, has made one thing clear – Portugal is in vogue.

Lounging on the beaches of the Algarve, huddling in the alleyways of Lisbon, or admiring the view over the Duoro in Porto and the North, visitors can’t get enough of Europe’s westernmost extremity.

But what are they looking at? Beautiful architecture, a stunning coastline, a culture as vibrant and curious as any, and food and drink to pen poems in honour of. But with so many flocking to Portugal, how to avoid rising prices, thronging crowds, and the soul-crushing, twanging sound of a fellow Brit holidaying on the continent?

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