Portugal

The Western most country in Europe, Portugal is one of the most unique countries in Western Europe. The country's coast is lined by cliffs and caves that can be explored by boat or even by swimming. The breeze from the Atlantic keeps Portugal notably cooler than its neighbor Spain. If you're big on surfing, then Portugal is where you want to be. Famous for some of the largest waves in the world, many surfing competitions take place here with waves reaching heights of 30 meters or 100 feet. 

The capital city of Lisbon (Lisboa) is a cultural hub. Bars and restaurants line the streets with influence from many other European countries. The city has an excellent subway and bus system that will take you all over the city.

Porto, a lesser known city up North is famous for its colorful houses that climb the hills of the city. Both of these hubs are excellent places to visit along with other smaller towns and the Portuguese countryside. For those Spanish speakers looking to visit, you shouldn't have much trouble understanding Portuguese as it is very similar to Spanish. I don't even speak Spanish fluently and was able to read the city signs as well as communicate with some shop owners. For the English speakers now worried about communicating, don't be. Like most European countries, many people speak at least some English, especially in the larger cities. 

Portugal is a premiere destination for families, couples, and solo travelers alike. It has a bit for everyone and I'm sure you'll enjoy it as much as I did.