Portugal’s namesake city hangs on the banks of the stunning River Douro. Offering an alternative taste of the country, Porto’s colourful architecture and bridges, historic old town, local fish markets and sweet Port wine make the city a true northern gem.
The Ribeira district offers stunning views of the river, craft markets, street performers and much more. One of the most authentic and picturesque parts of the city, it is not to be missed. The heart of the old town comes alive at night with back-to-back bars and restaurants, the perfect opportunity to sample some local Portuguese cuisine!
For stunning architecture, visit Palacio da Bolsa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Constructed in the mid-19th Century, this historical landmark was built over the ruins of St Francis Convent, destroyed during the Liberal Wars. The central courtyard, Patio das Nacoes, is encased by a large glass structure and lit up beautifully by the natural daylight.
Torre dos Clerigos (Clerigos tower) stands at over 75metres high, with 225 steps to get to the top, it’s hard to miss! Over 250 years old, it is one of the most iconic landmarks in Porto.
Take a day off from sightseeing and visit one of Porto’s many stunning golden beaches, the perfect backdrop to soak up the Portuguese sun, cycle along the promenade, or grab some local seafood.