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Picturesque Porto

Porto.

Sitting on the north bank of the River Douro, the charming and historic city of Porto is a commercial hub in the north of Portugal. Narrow lanes rise steeply into the hills on both sides of the river, creating a beautiful valley.

Porto is full of pastel-shade abodes, rising like steps up the hillside, grand Baroque churches and azulejo-tiled cafés. Famous for its port wine, you will find many world-renowned names along the south bank of the Douro, in Vila Nova de Gaia. But that isn’t all it is famous for, with its honest and humble populace, lots of cultural highlights and an ever-growing foodie scene. Street art flourishes alongside traditional galleries, Roman ruins sit next to modern accommodation and hip bars and chic restaurants can be found across the city. Don’t miss a trip to the UNESCO-certified Ribeira district, before heading to the more cosmopolitan Baixa. Find out for yourself by booking flights to Porto now.

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Ribeira
Ribeira.

Ribeira

Porto’s historic district of Ribeiro (the Riverside) is made up of medieval streets and dark nooks, but its charm comes from the tumble-down houses painted in pastel colours. During the day, you’ll find traditional Rabelo boats cruising down the river now laden with sightseers rather than barrels. Then in the evening, it comes alive with merrymakers searching out popular bars in the archways and alleys. You will also find the Casa do Infante on Praça da Ribeira, birthplace of Henry the Navigator, and a fantastic gilded church interior at the Igreja Monumento de São Francisco.

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