Estoril: Portugal’s happy hunting ground for Aussie spies and inspiration for James Bond

The most snobbish, secretive and cinematic riviera in Europe is in Portugal, reckons JOHN BURKE. It’s lured everyone from deposed kings and queens to 007, and is definitely worth an investigation.

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UK Police looking into suitcase with child remains found in Australia

Police officers investigating the 2007 disappearance of Madeleine McCann are looking into a suitcase with the remains of a young girl found near Adelaide.

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Expats: missing Australia? Top 5 European destinations for the away from home feel

5 awesome European travel hot spots boasting something a little familiar for Aussies.

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The great European roadtrip: Everything’s ahead of you

On the other side of the world I went on another kind of roadie; one so epic, so jam-packed with festivals and good times that it almost topped the great Australian road trip.

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Mick Fanning on the verge of 2013 surfing title

Australian surfer Mick Fanning is in contention to claim his third world surfing crown, as he leads his rival Kelly Slater going into the Rip Curl Pro Portugal event this week.

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The magic of the medieval in Obidos, Portugal

Far from the vibrant nightlight and lazy days of Lagos, ERIN SOMERVILLE experiences the true heart of Portugal with a Medieval Market in cobblestoned Obidos.

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Falling in love with Portugal

TRAVEL WRITER WINNER | Enraptured by the sights, sounds and flavours of Portugal LAUREN MARIE TROPEANO fell helplessly in love with the country on her very first encounter. Lauren is our Great Travel Writer competition winner for July, and has won a £250 voucher with Topdeck.

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Rinsing Out in Alentejo, Portugal

For those tough-to-shift stresses of living in London, we recommend a triple-cleansing combo of chilling in nature, getting big-time active and embracing culture. We found all three in the lesser-known region of Alentejo, Portugal.

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Seeking Sun and Sand in Peniche, Portugal

Surfers, sunshine and seaside cocktails are enough to lure any land-locked Londoner southwards. NICOLE CROWLEY goes in search of all three in the fishing town of Peniche, Portugal, with mixed success.

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Port, port, and more port in Porto

When ALEX IVETT visited Portugal’s stunning city of Porto — she had only one thing on her mind. Port! And there was no stopping her until she’d had her fill, tasted it all, and made some Portuguese Porto Port friends along the way.

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Garrett McNamara: Surfing the biggest wave ever at Nazaré?

Is this the biggest wave anybody has ever surfed? Check out the video.

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Get on board for high sea adventures on a Portuguese boat

THE STORY | Away from Portugal’s package tour hoards, the Alentejo area is an idyllic getaway. After being handed the keys to a very big toy, our writer and her crew set sail to explore its tiny villages, wine and cheese.

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Sailing Portugal

Hostels and backpackers accommodation are often forgettable affairs. However, NIC WHITSON found a superb exception floating in the Algarve off Portugal.

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