Above: Quinta da Côrte in Valença do Douro, Portugal

As Lisbon’s crop of hideaway-style hotels and luxury lodgings grows ever more sophisticated, a similar evolution is taking place in the countryside, with travelers venturing out to sample Portugal’s varied pleasures. I recently visited three small hotels offering experiences as diverse as the landscapes they inhabit, from theDouro Valleywine region to the rural countryside of theAlentejoand the fashionable but low-key beach retreat of Comporta.

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Above: Quinta da Côrte in Valença do Douro, Portugal

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