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With its sun-swept beaches, medieval castles, and plentiful seafood, it’s impossible not to fall in love with Portugal.

The westernmost country in Europe was just named the 2016 “destination of the year” by Travel + Leisure, and it has become a hotspot for US tourists thanks to its inviting climate, reasonable prices, and proximity to the east coast (Lisbon is just a 6.5-hour flight from New York City).

If that doesn’t have you convinced, keep scrolling to see some of the best sights and activities Portugal has to offer.

Relax on some of Europe’s best beaches in the Algarve, Portugal’s southern coast.¬†They’re famous for their rocky cliffs and sea caves, which visitors can explore by boat.
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Or explore the Algarve’s cliffs on foot on the Seven Hanging Valleys Walk, a hiking trail near the town of Carvoeiro.
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Eat a plate of sardines, which are served fresh off the grill with a side of garlicky, roasted red peppers. Portugal has some of the best seafood on the planet.
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