We chose Portugal because it is special... read why:
Portugal has been transformed in recent decades. EU membership since 1986 has brought Portugal into the European mainstream.
In 1999 Portugal was one of the first countries to introduce the euro. For over three decades now, Portugal has been a progressive democracy founded on the rule of law and committed to promoting free enterprise.
In Portugal, the right to ownership of property is well protected. The 1989 revision of the constitution removed much of the remaining Marxist rhetoric of the original document and laid the groundwork for further privatization of nationalized firms and the government-owned communications media.
The 1992 revision made the constitution compatible with the Maastricht treaty. While Portugal has not historically played a leading role within the EU, its six-month presidency of the Union in the first half of 2000 and the high international profile of the then Prime Minister, Antonio Guterres, enabled the country temporarily to punch above its weight in EU affairs.
Getting to Portugal
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS: Lisbon, Porto and Faro. Most EU, North American and UK countries have direct flights into Lisbon all year round, while cheap flight operators run a daily service from the UK to Lisbon and Faro.Once you have landed all these airports have rental car outlets but also a quality public transport system with buses and trains taking you to your destination of choice.