Known as 'Portugal's second city', Porto is a strikingly beautiful place to visit. The classic image of Porto is that of its dramatic hills adorned with medieval buildings all huddled tightly together and reflecting spectacular bursts of colour onto the river Douro. Porto is a bustling place whose fascinating history seeps through its ancient walls, but it is also the Mecca for wine lovers, with charming wineries and endless vineyards. And as if it was not already the perfect holiday destination, Porto also offers vast expanses of golden beaches to unwind under the Portuguese sunshine.
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5 Great Reasons to Visit Porto & Douro Valley
- Wine – The home of Port wine, Vila Nova da Gaia boasts an impressive sum of wine cellars all offering tastings of Portugal's world famous sweet wine.
- History and Culture – Walk through the ancient winding streets, admire century-old buildings, cruise under historic bridges in a traditional Rabelo boat, and lose yourself in Portugal's national music, Fado.
- Beaches – The city boasts beautiful sandy beaches, some of which feature remarkable forts and pretty chapels.
- Shopping – On Saturday morning alongside the Douro near Se Cathedral is the quirky Vandoma market. Plus the unique little shops scattered around the city centre offer unique Portuguese handicrafts and folk art which make for inspired souvenirs.
- Sports – Football fans visit Estádio do Dragão, the home of FC Porto, one of the top three Portuguese teams.
Things to do whilst on holiday in Porto & Douro Valley
Stroll along the most charming area of the city, the Ribeira Quayside where you can enjoy a coffee and a 'pastel de nata' (traditional Portuguese pastry) at one of the riverside cafés, and watch the Rabelos cruising on the shimmering waters. From here you can also take a cruise to see the six iconic bridges which unite Porto and Gaia, including the most famous Dom Luis Bridge.
The Igreja do São Fransico is a lavish Gothic church whose awe-inspiring interiors are dripping in gold. Plus, peep into the grand 19th century Palacio da Bolsa which is right next door.
Take a refreshing dip at Matosinhos beach. Here you'll find Castelo do Queijo - which literally translates to 'Cheese Castle' - a 15th century fort which offers wonderful views of the ocean.
Pinhão is an unmissable wine town in the Douro Valley where you'll be mesmerized by unforgettable vistas of the emerald hills and vines which overlook the river. You can also participate in wine tasting and grape stomping.
Get right into the soul of Portugal at a Fado house. Mal Cozinhados is an authentic fado bar where you'll be moved by the soothing, enchanting and melancholic Portuguese song.
Weather in Porto & Douro Valley
Porto receives warm and sunny summers with an average temperature of 20°C , a pleasant blue-skied springtime and a mild but often rainy winter with temperatures of around 10°C.
Interesting Facts about Porto & Douro Valley
- Population – 207, 673
- Area – 41.42 km²
- Currency - Euro
- Time Zone – WEST (UTC+1)
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