Famed for its Algarve coast's sandy beaches, sweeping bays and crystal-clear waters, Portugal is one of Europe's favorite vacation destinations. But there's plenty more to this Iberian country than enjoying the balmy weather. In the north, pretty Porto is home to spectacular churches and stunning architecture, not to mention delicious wine available in countless bars from the nearby Douro valley. The latter is ripe for exploration for those on longer trips, its terraced vineyards and charming villages perfect for whiling away a few days. The capital, Lisbon, retains an old-world charm, but has reinvented itself in recent years as a foodie hotspot, with first-class markets, hip rooftop hangouts and excellent street food.
It’s the most happening of cities, a place where over 200 languages are spoken and millions flock each year to see its world-famous sights. New York draws visitors in like nowhere else. The crowded streets of Manhattan are the stuff of legend. First timers will want to head to the top of the Empire State Building and stand beneath the glare of the lights of Times Square. But there’s so much more to see and do, whether it’s catching an Off-Broadway play, checking out world class art at MoMA or shopping the streets of SoHo. Brooklyn’s hip neighborhoods of Greenpoint and Fort Greene offer a more relaxed vibe, while the food in Queens’ Chinatown is worth the long subway ride.