The Alentejo, Portugal

Portugal has been receiving a lot of attention lately as one of Europe's more affordable places to live, but there’s plenty happening for short-term visitors, as well. Évora, the medieval walled town ninety miles east of Lisbon, is one spot you definitely won't want to miss.

Sophie Saint sums up The Alentejo nicely: “The Alentejo Coast is a world away from the Algarve. We’re talking expansive sandy beaches, awesome surf, craggy intimidating cliffs and dusty red soils reminiscent to a Western Australian landscape. The area of Alentejo blankets a third of Portugal and is wild and beautiful, with actual tumbleweed that echoes the population: sparse and empty.”

Rugged coastline, sleepy hillsides and an opportunity to get away from it all. What more could you ask for?