Sintra, an hour from Lisbon by car or train, has a whacky bohemian feel with tropical gardens and beguiling architecture. You stay in a bright, airy house high on a hill, surrounded by forest and shielded from any nearby buildings. It’s a two-minute walk to cafes and bars and a little further to the centre of town (best not to drive) with its palaces, clock tower and Jewish quarter to explore.
After a day’s walking hang up your boots, open the wine on the terrace and enjoy being away from the bustle of town. The kitchen isn’t huge but it is well-equipped and you can eat outside – the terrace has views. Bedrooms are big (one has an en suite and the shared bathroom has a lovely sunken bath).
Drive half an hour through fairytale woods and winding forest roads in the Sintra-Cascais natural park to the coast for a swim and seafood lunch.