Beyond Lisbon: five day trips from the Portuguese capital

    Beyond Lisbon: five day trips from the Portuguese capital

    Heading to the Portuguese capital? Stay a little longer and venture out to deserted beaches, chic coastal towns and fairytale palaces.
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    In pictures: Alentejo
    With towns made of marble, a landscape dotted with prehistoric remains and 2,000-year-old winemaking traditions kept alive by enterprising locals, the fiercely proud Portuguese region of Alentejo is where time rolls back and the past sits cheek by jowl with the present.
    Family travel: What to do in the Algarve

    Family travel: What to do in the Algarve

    This white-sand Portuguese destination is a must-try, even if you don't plan to spend all your time on the beach. Here's our pick of what to do with the kids.
    Alentejo: Portugal's time capsule

    Alentejo: Portugal's time capsule

    The fiercely proud Portuguese region of Alentejo is where time rolls back and the past sits cheek by jowl with the present.
    Watch Surfer Ride Record-Breaking Wave
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    Watch Surfer Ride Record-Breaking Wave

    This wall of water has broken the world record as the largest wave ever to be surfed. Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa surfed the 80-foot (24.4-metre) wave in Nazaré, Portugal. The feat took place in November 2017 but the wave and surfer are just now being honoured by the World Surf League’s Big Wave Awards. Previously, Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara held the record of 78 feet (23.8 metres) in 2011. The beach, named Praia do Norte, lies close to a fishing village of Nazaré and has become known for some of the largest surfing waves in the world.
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    Rare Double Ride Off Praia do Norte

    Watch this pair of surfers perform an astonishing double ride on a massive swell near Portugal's Praia do Norte.

    We compare: Family surfing holidays

    We've selected some great surf trips for families where there's more than just waves on the horizon