Where Not to Travel This Summer — And Where to Go Instead

As the list grows of places that have become no-go zones due to tourists, we've come up with alternative destinations to visit in summer.

Serene Retreats in Portugal's Countryside

A hotel revolution is taking place in Portugal's countryside. We visited three luxury properties there, in the Douro Valley, the Alentejo and Comporta.

Intimate Hotel Options in Lisbon

On a recent spring visit to Lisbon, we checked out a few intimate hotels, each promising historical resonance, contemporary flair and five-star accommodations.

Restaurant Finds in Lisbon

Portuguese cuisine is hearty, honest and delicious. On a recent trip to Lisbon, we had a number of dining experiences worth sharing. Here are six.

Favorite Shops in Lisbon

The greatest pleasure of shopping in Lisbon is that the big brands haven't taken over the retail scene, allowing independent local talent to shine.

Five Architectural Landmarks in Porto

Portugal's second city is famed for its well-preserved medieval core, baroque churches and graceful bridges, but it's also a hub of contemporary architecture.

Dining Discoveries in Porto

Porto's fine-dining scene lacks the kaleidoscope of options you'll find in Lisbon, but it's catching up. Here are a few places we enjoyed during a recent visit.

Newly Recommended Hotels in Portugal

On a recent visit, we scoped out intimate hotel options in Lisbon and traveled to the countryside to investigate new properties there.

A Perfect Day In... Comporta, Portugal

Described as Portugal's "chicest beach retreat," Comporta is a sophisticated escape near Lisbon. Here's how to spend a perfect day there.

Top Hideaway Report Stories of 2018

Of all the Hideaway Report articles we published this year, readers found these 10 -- about Italy, Morocco, Japan and more -- to be their favorites.

A Piece of Portugal for Yourself: Shopping in Lisbon

Portugal's capital has more than its fair share of independent jewel-box shops set in beautiful historic buildings. These are my favorite things to bring home.

Where the Wine Flows in Alfama: A Rustic Surprise

With 150 Portuguese wines and a friendly, knowledgeable host, the rustic Winebar do Castelo, in the Alfama, proved quite the surprise.

Video: A Look Inside Hotel Casa Palmela

Amid the cork groves of the Setúbal Peninsula is a newly renovated 17th-century estate house: Hotel Casa Palmela. Here is a look inside.

Wine Tasting in Carcavelos, Portugal

One of Portugal’s most exciting wineries, Villa Oeiras, is close to Lisbon, and Mr. Harper highly recommends a private tour.

The Scenic Miradouros of Lisbon

Lisbon's many hills have allowed the city to create numerous miradouros, or viewpoints, around its center, which offer stupendous vistas.

Shopping for Azulejos in Lisbon

Numerous stores in Lisbon sell azulejos, both hand-painted and factory-made. Here is a selection of the best places to purchase the tiles.

Video: Lisbon's Heritage Hotels

Watch Mr. Harper's video from Lisbon, where he stayed at a number of smart new heritage hotels.

Fado: The Music of Lisbon

Fado is Portugal’s great contribution to music. While in Lisbon, we tried two contrasting but equally memorable venues.

Top Setúbal Wineries

One of the loveliest wine regions in Portugal is Setúbal, less than an hour south of central Lisbon.

A Rural Retreat in the Setúbal Wine Country

Wine lovers should consider a visit to the Setúbal Peninsula, home to several wineries, gently rolling vineyards and a dramatic coastline.

16 Must-See Sights in Lisbon

Lisbon has a wealth of attractions, so it's important to be strategic. Here are some hints on how to get the most out of the city's points of interest.

Letter From the Editor: April 2017

It is a delight to stroll through the neighborhoods of Lisbon's historic center. This fall, I stayed in a number of smart new heritage hotels there.

New Lisbon Restaurant and Dining Hall Discoveries

Lisbon is exploding with exciting restaurants helmed by chefs who riff on Portuguese tradition without being bound by it.

Newly Recommended Hotels in Portugal and Palm Springs

Mr. Harper discovered two new luxury boutique hotels in Lisbon and one newly refurbished Palm Springs hideaway with Hollywood roots.

Lisbon’s New Heritage Hotels

Despite the increase in tourism, the distinctive character of Lisbon remains strong. Amid the historic neighborhoods, we discovered several new hotels.

Just Back From: Spain and Portugal

Travel advisor Victoria Wykoff just got back from Portugal and Spain and declared it a "bucket list trip," because it really should be on everyone's list.

Last Word: River Cruises Continue to Enchant

The popularity of river cruises seems to be increasing exponentially, with new boats on the rivers of France, Botswana and the Amazon.

Interview With Sommelier Arnaud Vallet

Discovering what wine you like or what pairs well with your meal can be a challenging—and expensive—adventure.

New & Noteworthy, March 2016

Mr. Harper reports on travel news from around the world including Little Dix, Six Senses Duoro Valley's opening, new Bali resorts and trekking in Peru.

Europe Grand Awards 2016

Each year, we have the pleasure of singling out a number of particularly memorable hotels and resorts. These are the top hotels in Europe selected.

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