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A city of hidden delights, Porto is best known as the historic home of port wine and boasts scenic riverscapes, a handsome quayside, traditional shops and elegant cafés, a wonderful mix of architectural styles, as well as lively squares and a buzzing nightlife, and of course a plethora of port wine lodges.

Portugal's second largest city, romantic and stylish Porto, also known as Oporto, is the birthplace of port and with the surrounding area covered by vineyards, a haven for wine aficionados. Built along the hillsides and standing impressively at the mouth of the River Douro, the city boasts a 2,000 year long history and has an interesting blend of architectural styles, ranging from the 12th century cathedral to the striking new concert hall, Casa da Musica. The atmospheric waterfront is lined with cafes, clubs, bars and fine restaurants and port wine lodges offer tours and tastings of the finest fortified wines in the world. Porto is a popular weekend getaway, and with its efficient metro system is easy to get around.

Discover the city

Since it was declared the European City of Culture in 2001 many of the streets and squares have been reconstructed and the city's historical buildings restored; particularly of note is the charming Ribeira neighbourhood, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with narrow, cobbled streets, colourful traditional houses, art galleries, ancient churches and a lively street life.

Highlights in the area include the magnificent baroque Church of St Francisco with its gilt interiors and the splendid neoclassical Palacio da Bolsa, the former Stock Exchange, where the fabulous ballroom stucco walls are gilded with 18kg of gold. For a fabulous panoramic view climb the distinctive landmark of Porto, Torre dos Clerigos, the 75m high belltower of the Igreja dos Clerigos and, for art lovers, the Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis houses a fine collection of Portuguese paintings and sculptures.

There are a number of beautiful parks and gardens for an afternoon stroll, Avenida dos Aliados for a spot of shopping, while local markets include vibrant 19th century Mercado do Bolhao selling everything from household goods to fresh produce, and long-established flea market, Feira de Vandoma, makes for an interesting Saturday morning. Foz do Douro, 5km away, is a popular beach escape from the city and can easily be reached by a short tram journey.

Read our blog for more things to do in Porto.

Vila Nova de Gaia

On the south side of the river lies the town of Vila Nova de Gaia, home to the famous port wine lodges and warehouses. The stunning waterside promenade enjoys splendid views of Porto's Ribeira district on the opposite bank and is lined with cafés, bars and restaurants; also boasting the beautiful traditional boats known as barcos rabelos, once used for transporting port wine down the River Douro.

Cuisine

Enjoying something of a culinary renaissance in recent years, Porto now boasts excellent fine dining restaurants such as the Michelin star restaurant at The Yeatman Hotel, as well as more traditional eateries serving generous portions of rustic cuisine.

As can be expected, a huge variety of wonderfully fresh fish and shellfish feature highly on menu, the local delicacy is tripe stew, and popular francesinhas, bread topped with steak, sausage, cheese and a tangy beer-flavoured chilli sauce, is served in most places, whilst wine by the glass and small plates of petiscos, Portuguese tapas, can be enjoyed at one of the many bars.

As well as the famous port wine, the surrounding vineyards in the Douro Valley produce full bodied reds and the fresh and delicate white wine, Planalto.

A city of hidden delights, Porto is best known as the historic home of port wine and boasts scenic riverscapes, a handsome quayside, traditional shops and elegant cafés, a wonderful mix of architectural styles, as well as lively squares and a buzzing nightlife, and of course a plethora of port wine lodges.

Portugal's second largest city, romantic and stylish Porto, also known as Oporto, is the birthplace of port and with the surrounding area covered by vineyards, a haven for wine aficionados. Built along the hillsides and standing impressively at the mouth of the River Douro, the city boasts a 2,000 year long history and has an interesting blend of architectural styles, ranging from the 12th century cathedral to the striking new concert hall, Casa da Musica. The atmospheric waterfront is lined with cafes, clubs, bars and fine restaurants and port wine lodges offer tours and tastings of the finest fortified wines in the world. Porto is a popular weekend getaway, and with its efficient metro system is easy to get around.

Discover the city

Since it was declared the European City of Culture in 2001 many of the streets and squares have been reconstructed and the city's historical buildings restored; particularly of note is the charming Ribeira neighbourhood, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with narrow, cobbled streets, colourful traditional houses, art galleries, ancient churches and a lively street life.

Highlights in the area include the magnificent baroque Church of St Francisco with its gilt interiors and the splendid neoclassical Palacio da Bolsa, the former Stock Exchange, where the fabulous ballroom stucco walls are gilded with 18kg of gold. For a fabulous panoramic view climb the distinctive landmark of Porto, Torre dos Clerigos, the 75m high belltower of the Igreja dos Clerigos and, for art lovers, the Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis houses a fine collection of Portuguese paintings and sculptures.

There are a number of beautiful parks and gardens for an afternoon stroll, Avenida dos Aliados for a spot of shopping, while local markets include vibrant 19th century Mercado do Bolhao selling everything from household goods to fresh produce, and long-established flea market, Feira de Vandoma, makes for an interesting Saturday morning. Foz do Douro, 5km away, is a popular beach escape from the city and can easily be reached by a short tram journey.

Read our blog for more things to do in Porto.

Vila Nova de Gaia

On the south side of the river lies the town of Vila Nova de Gaia, home to the famous port wine lodges and warehouses. The stunning waterside promenade enjoys splendid views of Porto's Ribeira district on the opposite bank and is lined with cafés, bars and restaurants; also boasting the beautiful traditional boats known as barcos rabelos, once used for transporting port wine down the River Douro.

Cuisine

Enjoying something of a culinary renaissance in recent years, Porto now boasts excellent fine dining restaurants such as the Michelin star restaurant at The Yeatman Hotel, as well as more traditional eateries serving generous portions of rustic cuisine.

As can be expected, a huge variety of wonderfully fresh fish and shellfish feature highly on menu, the local delicacy is tripe stew, and popular francesinhas, bread topped with steak, sausage, cheese and a tangy beer-flavoured chilli sauce, is served in most places, whilst wine by the glass and small plates of petiscos, Portuguese tapas, can be enjoyed at one of the many bars.

As well as the famous port wine, the surrounding vineyards in the Douro Valley produce full bodied reds and the fresh and delicate white wine, Planalto.

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Featured Hotels

PortoBay Teatro, restaurant exterior

PortoBay Teatro

4 star

The theatrical themed PortoBay Teatro has been built on the site of the revered 1859 Teatro Baquet, once the haunt of the city’s artists and intellectuals.

PortoBay Flores, thumbnail

PortoBay Flores

5 star boutique

PortoBay Flores is located in the historic centre of Porto and within a five minute walk of the landmark Ferreira Borges Market building and the former Stock Exchange.

Pestana Porto, exterior

Pestana Porto - A Brasileira

5 star

Set in the early 20th century property that once housed Porto’s famed A Brasileira Café, newly opened Pestana Porto - A Brasileira has been carefully converted retaining the building’s original architectural features alongside modern luxuries.

Hilton Porto Gaia

Hilton Porto Gaia

5 Star

Located in the historical city centre of Vila Nova de Gaia just across the river from Porto, Hilton Porto Gaia occupies a refurbished wine warehouse just a short stroll from the river and several of the port wine cellars for which Gaia is renowned.