Porto, happy people's getaway

A city both creative and dynamic, Porto unveils its charms and heritage along the Douro River. With displays of Romanesque and Baroque architectures, the city that was thrice awarded best European destination will fulfil your cravings for culture, history and blazing colours.

There's an old saying in town: Lisbon plays while Porto works. It has lost its meaning in our day and age, but as the second largest city in Portugal, Porto still owes its development to the trade of textile, cork and of course Porto wine.
For the last few years, Porto has experienced an unprecedented cultural, artistic and touristic growth. Counting some 250,000 inhabitants, it was recently elected best European destination on three different occasions. This dynamic exhilaration is particularly palpable in the historical centre, especially on the Rua Galeria de Paris, the trendiest district. Buildings long left in a state of neglect are now being restored and turned into sumptuous hotels travellers are fond of. In the city's newest districts, all around the old town, you'll discover the Casa da Música, a newfangled venue designed by Dutch urban planner Rem Koolhaas. Also of major interest is the Contemporary Art Museum (Fundação de Serralves), conceived by celebrated local boy and contemporary architect Álvaro Siza.
Omnipresent azulejos on the façades of historical buildings are one of the reminders that the Cidade Invicta (the ‘undefeated city') never forgot about culture and traditions. You will discover the story behind the famous drink conceived in the Douro valley, sheltered by the Marão mountains, in the town of Vila Nova de Gaia on the other side of the river – heartland of the greatest wine producers. Several sun-filled grape varieties are used to produce different kinds of Porto wines: White, Ruby, Tawny, LBV and Vintage. Do not leave town before trying these typical nectars… as long as you drink in moderation, of course. Here, port wine and food pairing is essential and makes for a terrific way of trying out local specialities.

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Porto in 48 hrs

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White night in Porto

Diaporama

Our Porto photo album

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Relaxing in the heart of Porto at Hotel Royal

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Ode Porto Wine House, out of time

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The typical delights of the Cervejaria Brasão

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Pestana Vintage Porto – Vintage charm facing the river

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A piano under the skin at Casa da Música

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The Minho region, stronghold of vinho verde

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Porto, an anomaly of time and beauty

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Luxury and voluptuousness at La Quinta da Pacheca

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Winemaking at Quinta da Pacheca

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