The best places to stay in Portugal for a late-summer break

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Surf and yoga retreat Soul & Surfis based in a traditional Portuguese farmhouse in the hills just outside Lagos, close to the waves and golden shores of the Algarve. There is tuition available for all abilities, with the season running until the end of November. All-inclusive accommodation packages start at £58pp a night (based on two sharing, three-night minimum), with a pick-and-mix menu of activities on top (three surf sessions from £134, yoga classes from £8).

The Soul & Surf retreat on the Algarve

Close to the coast in Olhão on the Algarve, Casa Modesta is a sustainable boutique hotel (doubles from €220 B&B in September), overlooking the Ria Formosa lagoon. Once owned by a fisherman, the house was converted by his son using local materials. There’s also an organic garden, with ingredients used for the onsite cooking classes and spa treatments. Stays include free bicycle rental, to explore the surrounding Ria Formosa nature reserve.

The stylish Casa Modesta

For a city break in Coimbra, Portugal’s medieval capital in the centre of the country, the 14th-century Quinta Das Lagrimas was the former hideaway of a prince and his forbidden lover. Nowadays, it’s a hotel with an outdoor pool, spa and large rooms overlooking botanical gardens. Doubles from £105 room-only with Hotels.com.

In Porto, Gran Cruz House sits on the bank of the Douro in the historic neighbourhood of Cais da Ribeira, a Unesco world heritage site. The 1930s facade remains unchanged, but inside a restoration project has created seven double rooms and a restaurant with a terrace, which serves small sharing plates of local seafood with wine pairings. Doubles from £93 a night room-only in October, around £120 in September.

Also in the north, a 300-year-old manor and farm buildings in Minho are now home to Quinta da Bouça d’Arques (from €159 B&B). Surrounded by vineyards and ancient trees, the peaceful hideaway also includes a pool set into the hillside with views across the region, and the sandy coast is just 20 minutes by car.

Campervans Photograph: tiago Pinheira / Indie Campers

A campervan is a great way to see a lot of this relatively small country – perhaps heading down the Atlantic coast with surfboards in the back – while also offering the privacy of a portable home. There are campsites all over

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