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The Porto area guide

Sights and attractions

A cosmopolitan city in Portugal, Porto is famed most of all for the wine that bears its name, and recognized as the premier destination for any individual holidaying in mainland Europe. Declared “Europe’s Best Destination” in 2012 and 2014, even the least discerning visitor to the city will understand why. The food is sublime, the architecture varied and spectacular, its museums superb and the shopping some of the finest to be had. Simply put, Porto is a marvel to behold and a marvel you should behold at least once in your life.

The city might be best viewed from high up and these heights host several marvels such as the Porto Cathedral and the Episcopal Palace of Porto. The Cathedral, upon which construction commenced in the 12th century, is a superb example of the Romanesque architecture you can find across the city. The Episcopal Palace, former home of the Bishop of Porto, today exists solely as an architecture marvel, showcasing the Baroque style and a supremely well-decorated interior.

Serralves lies towards the centre of the city and claims the title of the most visited museum in Porto. Having been built in 1999, the cultural installation is made up of a garden, modern art museum and villa. Examples of modernism, Art Deco and Romanesque architecture are all apparent upon visit, whilst hosting various artistic showcases year round. Visitors wishing to avoid some more popular tourist spots, whilst continuing to soak in the city sights and architecture, might consider a walk amongst the 14th century walls of the Medieval Borough. You can take in the antiquated sites of the area, exploring numerous cafes, boutiques and the occasional local art store, all amongst fantastic architecture.

Restaurants and cafes

In keeping with its visage being conjured up when someone mentions the dessert wine Port, there are numerous chic wine bars to be found throughout the city. Of particular note is D'Oliva al Forno, an Italian bistro found within an old wine warehouse. With over 200 varieties, complemented by an excellent bar and tastefully prepared meat and seafood, you can get your wine fix and sample some excellent cuisine. The Wine Quay Bar, found on the shores of the Douro, offers small plate food and larger than life wines. You can enjoy their selection at either lunch or dinner, whilst watching the river run lazily through the city.

In keeping with its place as one of Europe’s premier cities, Porto hosts some world-class dining, with its foremost restaurant being the Michelin-starred Yeatman Hotel restaurant. The first Porto restaurant to be awarded the coveted star, it serves European and Portuguese cuisine, with a signature dish of scallops and crab. The Salsa and Loureiro, found in the hotel Porto Palacio, offers formal dining in an expertly decorated location, with a certain emphasis on its dessert menu, though you would be at fault if you believed their main menu was anything less than superb.

Shops

The shopping in Porto is some of the finest in Portugal, with all manner of needs fulfilled, from designer clothing to handicrafts, to fine art and gourmet foods. Boavista offers excellent shopping and upmarket brands, as well as a selection of shops by Portuguese designer Nuno Baltazar, or the men’s clothing concept store Por Vocacao. Shopping centres can be found all over the city, though those found at the Via Catarina area, such as the Norte Shopping centre, are the best to be found in the city.

Travel

The city is serviced by an international airport 6 miles from the city centre, which now runs charters to the majority of Europe and much of the globe. Train and tram systems connect the boroughs and the city to the continent at large. Excellent motorway systems offer easy access to much of the city, as well as Portugal, whilst car hire facilities might be found in various locations, such as the airport, certain train stations and the cruise ferry terminal.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.



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