Portugal’s second-largest city is a buzzing, bustling gem of culture, history, and opportunity. This gleaming metropolis on the Iberian Peninsula is one of the true jewels in the crown of Portugal. If you are traveling to Portugal, you may well have a specific idea in mind of what you want to get out of the experience. This is a country rich in history and importance, and a place where you can make your dreams come true.
Nestled on the banks of the River Douro, Porto is the “other” city in Portugal. Many know of Lisbon, and they flock to the capital to explore and experience, but so many of them are missing out on the stunning adventure that Porto promises. So, if you want to make the most of a whistle-stop trip to this brilliant European city, you need a local guide to help you – check this out!
Take a guided tour
We always think the best way of getting the right feel for a city is to take a guided tour. This allows you to experience all the city’s hotspots in one go, and get some invaluable insider knowledge along the way. Free walking tours are the way forward, and you should check out the site www.portowalkers.pt to make sure you get the best possible outcome from your tour. This is the ultimate way of experiencing the city properly and will help you to make the most of your Portuguese adventure.
There are loads of new opportunities for accommodation when you go traveling these days. Gone are the days of having to rely on hotels and hostels. Airbnb is all the rage now and gives people a more authentic travel and accommodation experience. And, in Porto, you can really make the most of this with a visit to myhomeinporto.com. This is the perfect site for finding short-term rentals in the city and experiencing the way of life that a Porto local might have.
Check out some of the stunning food
Portugal is well known as one of the best seafood countries in the world – hardly surprising given its naval history. But, that’s not all they have to offer – Porto has some sensational restaurants here that you simply must check out. Special mentions must go to Pedro Limao and Cafe Candelabro as some finest restaurants in the city. If you’re staying in someone’s apartment maybe try checking out the local mercearias (markets) and pick up some of the delicious local food they sell here, so you can knock something together back at the apartment.
Check out the port
You might not know it, but Porto is a place famed for its wine production – where do you think port comes from?! And you should cap off your trip by visiting a port wine cellar in the heart of town. The best place to do this is to head over to Vila Nova de Gaia, the heart of port wine tasting in the city. You can enjoy tours and tastings daily, at the Croft Port Cellar, by the seafront – the perfect experience to cap your Porto adventure.
These are just some of the epic things you can (and should) do when you visit Porto. There is so much on offer here, and no matter what your interests are, we reckon you’ll be able to find something to amuse you. This local guide should help get you started when you set out on an adventure to enjoy the city as much as you can.