Reputedly Portugal’s most romantic city, this land of Port wine is home to the river Douro with vineyards and houses dotted along its banks. This is the second largest city in Portugal and one of the oldest cities in Europe. Its settlement dates back many centuries when it was an outpost of the Roman Empire and it is now a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. It is a hilly city with a mixture of styles from its narrow alleyways to the extravagance of its baroque churches. The colorful Ribeira district is home to the old town which has narrow cobbled streets and winding lanes and you will see the older Porto residents stand and chat in front of the shops like something from times gone by.
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Top things to do
Highlights include the Alvaro Siza Vieira Museum, the Casa da Mucica, the 12th century Cathedral, the Sao Francisco church which is one of Europe’s most lavish churches. Visit The Clerics Tower (Clerigos Tower) for the views down over the city of Porto. To enjoy the water front in Porto, you can take a stroll at on Avendia D Carlos and visit the Jardin do Passeio Alegre. Other things to enjoy in Porto are a drink in the Café Majestic, a cruise on the river Douro, gift shopping in the Bolhao Market and for nightlife; Foz is a must. It is the upmarket part of Porto with cafes, restaurants, bars and clubs on the sea front. And of course the wine tasting along the Douro River.
Porto a great starting point to explore northern Portugal and part of Iberia. Cities within easy reach are Braga, Guimarares, Vigo and you can even make a trip to the world famous Santiago De Compostela. The most impressive attraction close to Porto is the World Heritage Alto Douro Wine Region which has been producing wine for over 2,000 years and its landscape has been molded by human activity with perfect examples of terraces, quintas (wine producing farms), villages and roads. You tour the valley and even stop off to taste some of the world’s best known ports including Sandeman, Cockburn´s and Graham´s. Make sure to have a designated driver, always drive safely.