With its medieval heart, contemporary buzz, magnificent gold-leaf-laced churches – oh and a rather nice signature tipple – Portugal’s second city merits a visit at any time.

 Adrian Bridge

Beyond Porto’s historic heart, contemporary architects have left their idiosyncratic stamp on the city’s skyline.

Porto is the second-largest city in Portugal after Lisbon and one of the major urban areas of the Iberian Peninsula.

Located along the Douro river estuary in Northern Portugal, Porto is one of the oldest European centres and its historical core was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996.

One of Portugal’s internationally famous exports, port wine, is named after Porto, since the metropolitan area and in particular the cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia, were responsible for the packaging, transport and export of the fortified wine.

In 2014 and 2017, Porto was elected The Best European Destination by the Best European Destinations Agency.

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