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What’s happening in Porto?

The list of things to do in Porto is endless, so much so that you’ll struggle to squeeze them all into your first visit. This picture-perfect riverside city combines the atmosphere and charm of the past with all the relevance and vibrancy of the present.

With its ancient port, steeped in history and the UNESCO world heritage listed riverfront, scattered with colourful houses and traditional sailing boats. The city is known for its monuments – such as Gustave Eiffel’s Dona Maria Pia Bridge. Its exciting wine heritage, which can be explored on tastings and tours. And the colourful culture that is well-represented by the cafés and restaurants that reside under the sheltered medieval arches of Cais Da Ribeira, or the eclectic galleries, bars and shops of the Bombardo district.

Shopping in Porto.

Shopping in Porto

Shopping in Porto presents many options, from the multi-storey shopper’s paradise, El Corte Ingles to A Vida Portuguesa with its retro souvenirs. Portosigns puts an interesting twist on traditional souvenir shopping. While at La Maison des Porto you’ll find over 200 bottles of Port that you can try before you buy – well, it is one of the city’s most famous attributes.

Sightseeing in Porto.

Sightseeing in Porto

Visit the National Museum Soares dos Reis, a former neoclassical palace that now houses a comprehensive art collection. Take a trip to the Estadio do Dragao – home to the famous F.C Porto, or visit the stunning modern architecture of the Casa da Música. Don’t miss out on a scary trip across the iconic Dom Luís I Bridge, don’t go too close to the edge.

Dining out in Porto.

Dining out in Porto

Enjoy a romantic meal overlooking the Douro River at tapas wine bar, Wine Quay Bar. Feast on authentic roast pork, peri peri chicken and more at casual eatery, Casa Guedes. Or head to the fantastic Comme ça, whose eclectic décor and super simple food won’t break the bank. And make sure you head to the Café Majestic for pastel de natas and coffee.

Nightlife in Porto.

Nightlife in Porto

Porto’s night scene may not be as wild as Lisbon’s but they can certainly party. Head to the Bombarda area for hipster bars and popular hangouts. The Candelabra is a cool bookshop/cocktail bar where locals drink until the small hours. The bars around the Ribeira district are great for people spotting, and finding a romantic nook in the arches.

Wine in Porto.

Wine in Porto

Port wine’s connection to Britain is no coincidence. British traders realised that a fortified wine would survive the long trip back much better than a normal wine, which is why a lot of the major brands are British. Try it for yourself at one of the many wineries in Vila Nova de Gaia – tours at Taylors, Sandeman and Ferreira, the original Portuguese brand, are worth every penny.

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