Many may not have thought of a city break to Porto located on the delightful river Douro in Portugal. If you haven’t, I would challenge this and say you should add it to your wish list and take a short break to Porto where you will be able to combine sand, sea and city life. In addition to the stunning city centre, the ancient city of Porto boasts quiet riverbanks with port cellars offering tastings, a vibrant restaurant and dining scene with a host of great activities along its wild and natural coastline. Cobbled quaint streets, colourful and quirky houses, tram lined streets and mosaic tilling lining the walls of many buildings are just a few of the wonders this perfect city has to offer. Please visit, as I am sure like me you will love it!
Suggestions of things to do
- Port or wine tasting at one of the many famous Vineyards, here you will find Dows, Sandeman and Taylors to name but a few.
- Chose a short trip or day tour along the river Douro.
- Enjoy the wonderful now world-famous local pastry – the pasteis de nata. A delicious Portuguese egg tart: its crisp, flaky crust holding a creamy custard center, blistered on top from the high heat of an oven. Even more delicious served warm.
- Visit the tram museum (entry includes a trip on this wonderfully old and character full carriages)
- Take some time to visit Porto train station. It’s simply stunning
- Take a cruise into the Douro Valley, you can do trips from 4 – 7 nights
- If you don’t like cruising you can take a train journey along the Douro. A local train runs along the shore of the magnificent river. Departing from Porto, this 3-hour train ride will get you to the cute village of Pinhao
- Simply enjoy strolling around the town and waterfront
- Cross the Ponte de Dom Luis I, a stunning bridge that was built in 1886, this bridge links Porto and Gaia.
- Visit Matosinhos Beach and why not enjoyed some of the famous grilled fish while you are here
Hotels we recommend, Bessahotel Boavista and the Eurostars Porto Douro
Good to Know
Read the basic information and also some fun facts about Porto! Here you will find everything you should know…