Beside the Douro River sits Porto, Portugal’s second city. It is an incredibly eclectic European destination. Boasting Medieval architecture, Art Nouveau cafes, and the city’s calling card, the Dom Luis I Bridge, there’s truly something for everyone.
Those who appreciate history will be charmed by the Lello Bookshop and its beautiful Neo-Gothic interior, or the 20,000 tiles that decorate the walls of the São Bento railway station.
Foodies will also have plenty to try at the Mercado do Bolhão food market and the several port wine lodges. Porto has lots to offer to those with an appetite for culinary adventure.
One of the highlights of your trip to Porto will be The Yeatman Hotel and its breathtaking city views from the rooftop tree garden. The hotel is home to the city’s only two-Michelin-starred restaurant, and you can also try some European wine in one of its extensive cellars.
Other notable restaurants include Wish, with delicious Japanese-influenced Mediterranean fare, and Flow, a gorgeous Portuguese eatery located at city center.
If you love a good view and don’t mind a little exercise, climb the 222 steps up to the top of the Clerigos Tower. You will be rewarded with an unparalleled view of Porto. Down below at the bottom of the tower, visit the small shop to pick up a local treat called Pastais de Bacalhau. It’s a snack made of salted cod and mountain cheese.
Porto’s streets, walkways and architecture seem to be made almost entirely of granite. The city’s alluring shopping streets are decorated with whimsical architectural touches and cute blue-tiled facades. The city has been able to keep its Old World charm well-preserved as it avoided the famous 1755 earthquake that devastated Lisbon.
Tourists are welcome
One of the most popular tourist districts is The Ribeira, which translates to “The Riverbank.” For a perfect lazy afternoon activity, take a stroll along the embankment, popping into local shops along the way.
Porto is just a three-hour train ride from Lisbon, and worth visiting during your trip to Portugal!