First visit: February 1999
Subsequent visits: August 2002 (twice), April 2007, May 2007, June 2009, May 2011, August 2012.
Visited: Lisbon, Porto, Evora, Faro, Sintra, Cascais, Elvas, Estoril.
Without Xana and her mother, this would have probably ranked much, much less, which goes to show how important having a local can be. I fell in love with Lisbon second time round (the first had left me unimpressed) but it was true love with everything about the place, from the slightly grotty exterior to the understated character of the people to the wonderful walks one can have. Plus the sea. What else can one ask for? A third time just confirmed what I already felt...
Highlight: The language - I just love the sound of Portuguese.