Porto exudes charm of every sort.
From its parties in the piazzas to the zigzag streets of the Unesco Ribeira district, Porto is known for its fortified wine and its warm, friendly atmosphere. It’s a beautiful and beguiling city of spires, old bridges and romance that rivals any big city in Europe.
Location: Porto, Northern Portugal
Population of city: 216,000
Nearest airport: Porto airport (Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport)
Main train/bus station(s): Porto Campanha Station/Porto Sao Bento Station
Best time to visit? April – October
Budget level? ££
Best for: Beach, shopping, Nightlife, art & culture, history/museums
Porto is the kind of city where you could easily spend a week… but at least 2 nights are enough to see the basics. The relaxed nature of the city means that you can stroll around at your own pace.
This is the area near the marina with many beautiful coloured buildings – this is the classic Porto scene. It’s also the best place to find the nightlife scene!
A gorgeous Portuguese style church made from imposing dark-coloured stone.
One of Europe’s most famous and beautiful bookshops/public libraries – this is the perfect place to browse and wander.
A really great place to get a lookout over the city – the spiral staircase goes right up to the top where there’s a viewpoint.
Porto is easily accessible via rail from Lisbon, which connects up to Spain and the rest of Europe. You can also loop up to the South of France via San Sebastian.