Porto is a beautiful and busy hillside city on the bank of the Douro River in Portugal.
For those who love fine dining and stunning architecture, look no further than this coastline city, full of ancient European history. Whether you decide to pass through Porto or stay here, be sure to give at least a few days to the second biggest city in Portugal.
Portuguese cuisine is highly under-rated, and Porto is the perfect place to discover some of this country’s best delicacies with a riverside view. If you are after a quick bite or a sit-down meal, there are hundreds of eateries waiting around every corner. The city boasts a whole range of international foods, with traditional Mediterranean and Portuguese being the most popular. For the best seats in the house, head on down to one of the riverside restaurants. O Paparico is one of many romantic restaurants where you can wine and dine your partner or significant other.
Porto has something for everyone in the shape of nightlife. If you prefer an underground, cosy bar with a cocktail in hand, visit Bar Labirintho, or if you’d like a big night out you can hit the strip. The nightlife is not be missed here and is a popular place for students and young locals. If you have children who are considering studying abroad and want a beautiful city with fantastic nightlife, Porto may be an ideal option for them. If you are curious as to what the student accommodation is like in Porto, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Porto has some hidden gems, most notably Collegiate who are already renowned for their luxury student accommodation in the UK, so keep an eye out for their new accommodation options in Porto if your teen is preparing for university.
A bookshop with a difference, you will not want to visit Porto without visiting this place. Think Beauty and the Beast when Belle visits the library, then imagine this in real life and you have Livreiro Lello. It can get very busy here, and rightly so, but it is well worth the wait. Anyone that loves architecture (or Disney), get yourself down to this bookworm’s paradise.
Hitting the Beach
The handy thing about visiting a coastal town is you can get the best of both worlds. You can discover the city and sunbathe, all in one place. One of the most popular beaches around Porto is Foz, and if you choose to go in the summer months, you may struggle to find a good place to lay your towels. This beach has beautiful views and is the perfect place for the little ones to have some fun while the adults get some much-needed rest in the sunshine. If you are an adventurous bunch, why not hire a boat or go scuba diving. There are plenty of beach activities for young and old.
Porto has many great features to discover from food and drink to libraries that dreams are made of; you can easily fill a week with activities here. If you do want to stay in the city, there are a range of hotels and apartments, depending on your budget and preference.
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