Portugal may not be the first place that springs to mind when you think of a European honeymoon but, for such a small country, it packs quite the punch in terms of scenery, experiences and accommodation.

If you want a honeymoon in the vein of a traditional fly and flop then look no further than the Algarve, home to glorious beaches and swanky hotels aplenty (and yes, the odd golf course too). If you want off the beaten track the relatively undiscovered, and therefore completely deserted, beaches of Comporta make for a lovely stop-off on your honeymoon. What this area lacks in sophisticated, slick luxury it more than makes up for in charm and beauty.

Lisbon remains an Original Travel favourite and is perfect mini-moon territory, or as part of a longer honeymoon to Portugal. In fact, one of the most original (and Original) hotels in Europe is located just outside the city, the sublime Areias do Seixo. If you're getting married in the Spring or Autumn months then the Alentejo makes for a perfect European option. Think rural countryside, elegant wine estates and the best ham you'll ever eat. Then there's Porto and the Douro Valley, again best in Spring and Autumn and pretty much the perfect combination of city and relaxation. Explore the cobbled streets and port warehouses of Porto before heading into the Douro Valley to relax in the beautiful hills.

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Sailing on the Douro River

If getting away from it all is the order of the day, head to Six Senses Douro Valley where you can do everything from forest meditation to vineyard hill walks. Simply one of the most relaxing places I've ever been to.

Harriet, Original Traveller

Where to go

Clifftop coastline

The Algarve

For those wanting to stay poolside, the Algarve that we know and love couldn’t be more perfect, but for those looking for something a bit different, there are a couple of undiscovered spots to be found off the beaten track.

The Alentejo

The Alentejo

The Alentejo is home to beautiful cork oak forests, rural countryside and elegant wine estates and with a mild climate it's an ideal location to visit all year round.

Aerial of Lisbon at night

Lisbon

Historical yet accessible and great, great fun - welcome to laid back Lisbon.

Colourful Balconies

Porto & the Douro Valley

The Brits have long had a penchant for port, but the vineyards where the fortified wine is created and the eponymous city of Porto are, in themselves, a delight.

Where to stay

Areias do Seixo

Areias do Seixo

Areias do Seixo is a great new addition to Portugal’s portfolio of boutique hotels. It's properly quirky, and less than an hour from Lisbon so works well in combo with the capital.

The Yeatman

The Yeatman

We at OT have known about Porto as a perfect Big Short Break destination for years, but always baulked at recommending it due to one crucial factor – the lack of a decent hotel. No more.

Six Senses Douro Valley

Six Senses Douro Valley

Six Senses Douro Valley is the quintessential modern boutique hotel – a tasteful and contemporary renovation of a classic 19th-century manor house offering all the mod-est cons in elegant surroundings.

L'And

L'And

This truly original retreat is situated in 66 acres of fabulous Alentejo countryside, and combines old school Portuguese vineyards with a 21st century design hotel.

Sublime Comporta

Sublime Comporta

Sublime Comporta is a trendy country house retreat; it’s sleek, it's chic, plus the stunning beaches of Comporta are relatively unexplored and luxury hotels have yet to monopolise the area.

Memmo Baleeira

Memmo Baleeira

This white washed cliff side hotel was first constructed in the 1960s, and has since been spruced up to quite the chic beachside oasis, and is ideal for anything from a relaxing weekend away to a family holiday.

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