Perched on the steep banks above the Douro River, Porto pulses with atmosphere. Visit the colourful riverfront homes in the historic Ribeira neighbourhood, climb the Clérigos Tower to catch the sun setting over the city, peruse the architectural gems of the Porto Cathedral and the São Francisco Church, and shop along the Rua Santa Catarina with blue and white tiled shopfronts and Belle Époque cafés. If you're looking for a beach, head to the sandy Praia da Luz with lighthouse views. The best part? All of our hotels in Porto are smack in the heart of the city, right by its main attractions.
Food & Drink:
Try traditional dishes like tripe stewed with vegetables and sausage which has garnered locals the nickname of “tripe-eaters,” and then head into the Vila Nova de Gaia across the river to sample Port wines at the city's best cellars. If you're seriously hungry, try the Francesinha sandwich, an artery-clogging combo of ham, sausage, steak and melted cheese covered in tomato beer sauce and served with chips. Seafood is another Porto specialty, with cod being king, followed by octopus and sardines, and fresh catches are on display daily at the vibrant Bolhão Market. For breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack, a must is the creamy pastéis de nata with your coffee, a sweet delight!
Off the Beaten Track:
Take off into the Douro River Valley to visit the Port wine vineyards and get a behind the scenes peek at what goes into making this delicious drink. This is also the perfect place for a river cruise. Our tip: try touring in autumn to see the changing sunset shades of the leaves in the valley.
If this Portuguese city has piqued your interest, choose one of our hotels in Porto and satisfy your curiosity!