Lisbon and its neighbouring coastal villages are the perfect destination for a chic city-beach weekend break. On my recent inaugural trip to city and its cosmopolitan cousin Cascais I also discovered a thriving luxury spa scene...
The main music festival site at Sines was within the walls of the castle, the former home of the 15th-century explorer Vasco da Gama. But before things kicked off there, we enjoyed three days of more intimate gigs at an outdoor stage in the main square of the small fishing village of Porto Covo.
My first visit to Lisbon ten years ago was a tad disappointing so I was surprised at how much I loved the Portuguese capital on my second visit last month. In fact I was so taken with the place that I started picking up property brochures with a view to buying a holiday flat there.
We're in the air en route to Lisbon for the first leg of a once in a lifetime journey around the world in fourteen days. It's early and whilst the team rest up before a day exploring the city, it seems like a good opportunity to reflect on where we are at.
History has shown that like oil, I do not mix well with water. I can take a bath solo, I'm referring to the blummin' great ocean; resting place of suffered shipwrecks and pirates, home to the 200-ton whale.
Light, say artists, is all important to creating a masterpiece. The azure sky over Lisbon, long hours of summer sunshine and golden sunsets are factors that ensure many visitors go home with fond memories and great photographs of the Portuguese capital.
Portugal may well be the country where the eurozone's solidarity is put to the test. Patience with the Greek government's foot-dragging is wearing thin, but Portugal has done all that has been asked of it.