Getting To Know

PORTO

PORTO

Best for:

A Lively yet affordable city break

home to:

Ribeira, vila nova de gaia

experience:

A Boat cruise up the Douro river, stopping at port houses in villa nova de Gaia

The country's second city, Porto has never sat in Lisbon's shadow. Its remarkable cityscape, wedged into Douro Valley, has been granted UNESCO world heritage status, while its range of museum, churches and port wine lodges have put it firmly on the city-break circuit. Porto is also a hub for architecture and many of its once-crumbling mansions have been given a makeover, leaving an alluring mix of faded grandeur and sharp .

Here is a suggestion of how to get the most from your visit to this amazing region of porto

7 DAYS

In Northern Portugal

Day 1

Day 2

morning: after arriving to porto, explore

Ribeira, the iconic riverside area with is 

warren of of pastel-hued buildings.

the largo do terreiro is a pretty spot for a coffee while you watch traditional rabble boats floating down the Douro. 

Afternoon: Taste modern dishes at the cantina do Avillz, then climb the Torre dos Clerigos for amazing views. You'll easily see how J K Rowling was inspired by livrarcia Lello bookshop, where you can almost imagine the staircases moving of their own accord. In the evening, catch an event at the innovative Casa da Musica.

morning: walk across the top of the ponte de Dom Luis to villa nova de Gaia. the view from circular mosteiro da Serra do pilar is simply stunning. take the teleferico de Gaia cable car along the riverside and lunch at one of the Douro-facing cafes. the yeatman is ideal for special occasion.

Afternoon: the steep hillsides of villa nova de Gaia are punctuated by famous port wine lodges, each a perfect spot to sample the city's eponymous spirit. return to porto for the evening

Day 3

Day 4

morning: Drive to Guimaraes via de a7 and explore the beautiful old town, which was the country's first capital

Afternoon: travel the bom Jesus de monte, a famous pilgrimage church. the town of braga, Portugal's religious capital, is surprisingly lively, making it great place to send the evening. try livrarcia many - a bookshop which has been converted into an art-festooned bar

morning: peso da reggae is easily reached by car or by the Linda do Douro train, which winds through the valley. the town's Museu do Duoro details the history of the river and the wine trade, making for an enlightening visit before you head to one of the wine states.

Afternoon: Take a boat ride on the river and then visit - or ideally stay the night at one of the many vineyards that do the surrounding hillsides. Our pick is Quinta Nova da Nossa Senhora do Carmo. 

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

morning: a little under an hour's drive away, on the n103, is the parque nacional da peneda-geres. inside the country's only national park, seek out the tranquil, alpine-esque spa town Caldas do geres.

Afternoon: spend the afternoon hiking one of the area's many trails. the trill da citadel da calcedonia walk starts and ends at covide, and climbs to a fortified Iron Age village which offers amazing panoramic views

morning: the village of soajo, in the northern section of the park, is known for its peculiar espigueiros or granaries. you'll pass plenty of these strange tomb-like structures on the 4km long trill de rail trail. have a picnic lunch on a route, stopping somewhere with a good view

Afternoon: after tiring yourself out exploring this ripe hiking territory stay in one of the renovated village houses in soajo.

morning: it's a scenic drive back to porto on the ic128 and n203 along the lima valley via the handsome town of ponte de lima, which makes a good stop for a coffee. we recommend tasca das fodinhas, an authentic cafe-bar.

Afternoon: make a detour to stop for lunch in historic Viana do Castelo. this picturesque town also has a fine local beach. the fast a28 motorway will take you back to porto.

EXPERIENCE

PORTO

1

Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar

Largo de Avis

220 -142 -425

Apr - Oct: 10am - 6:30pm Tue-Sun

2

Jardim do Morro

Av. da Republica

Teleferico de Gaia cable car

May-Sept: 10am-8pm daily

www.gaiacablecar.com

3

Casa-Museu

Texeira Lopes

Rua de Texeira Lopes 32

351 22 375 1224

9am-noon, 2-5pm tue-fri,

10am-noon, 2-5pm sun

DRINK

DICK'S BAR

THIS SWANKI HOTEL BAR OFFERS SOME OF THE BEST VIEWS OF THE DUORO RIVER. THERE'S A LONG DIRNKS MENY, INCLUDING, OF COURSE, PORT BASED

COCKTAILS.

TIP

IF YOU ONLY WANT TO BUY A ONE WAY TICKET ON THE TELEFERICO, CHOOSE TO RIDE THE ASCENT TO SAVE A STEEP UPHILL CLIMB.

DRINK

TERRACE LOUNGE 30

AN OPEN AIR ROOFTOP BAR OVERLOOKING THE RIVER,

TERRACE LOUNGE 360 IS A GREAT SPOT FOR A SUNDOWNER. ORDER A GLASS OF WHITE PORT

MUST SEE

PORTO

SÃO BENTO STATION
SERRA DO PILAR
SHOP
CHOCOLATERIA ECUADOR
SUBLIME ARTISAN CHOCOLATES, MACAROONS AND BONBONS
FERNANDEZ MATTOS
WOODEN SHELVES FROM PREV. FABRIC STORE, NOW SELLING GAMES, TOYS AND SOUVENIRS
PORTO WINE
CELLARS
PALACIO DA
BOLSA
LIVRARIA LELLO
CRYSTAL PALACE GARDENS
IGREJA DO 
CARMO

WHERE TO EAT IN

PORTO

By Price

$

A Sandeira

Cafe Santiago

Casa Guedes

Taberna de Santo Antonio

$$

All in Porto

Cruel

Cantinho do Avillez

Flors dos Congregados

$$$

Vinum

Pedro Lemos

Antiqvvm

Yeatman

brunch

- O Diplomata 

- Zenith

- Urban Cicle Cafe

- The Bird

- Traveller Caffe

- Hungry Biker

sweet treats

- Manteigaria

- Sincelo

- Chocolateria das Flores

- Leitaria da quinta do paço

- Gelateria Portuense

PORTUGUESE

- Flor dos Congregados

- Cantinho do Avillez

- Tripeiro

- Casa Agricola

- O Carac

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