48 hours in . . . Porto, an insider guide to Portugal’s splendid second city

Old world charm – with a burst of new world energy Long regarded as Lisbon’s quieter sibling, Portugal’s second city is currently undergoing a magical moment of rejuvenation. Centuries ago, British merchant ships would cluster in Porto’s medieval harbour to ferry the … Read More

Pret a Porto: Portugal’s second city is ready for the limelight

A decade ago, the city’s historic centre was badly rundown. Now, having been carefully restored, it’s filled with culture, cafes and unusual shops Porto is a good-looking city, its granite buildings packed into a hilly landscape, many of them decorated … Read More


11 Douro Viewpoints

Arriving to Porto, get ready to be surprised! Surprise yourself with the natural beauty that surrounds you, with the built heritage that the Port reveals in every city corner, with the dishes and drinks served. Especially, dare and be surprised … Read More


5 White Wine Styles to Welcome Spring

White Port While most of us are familiar with traditional port based on red-wine grapes, Portugal’s white port gives voice to such fun and funky white wine grapes of the region as malvasia fina, verdelho, códega, gouveio, and rabigato — varieties often … Read More

22 reasons why everyone is going to Portugal right now

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. writes Telegraph Travel’s Adrian Bridge. Carved in two by the Douro river, downtown … Read More

Drink in the delights of Porto

There is much more to this city, perched on the banks of the Douro River, than its namesake wine. Wandering the streets of Porto, the sound of ice clinking in a glass of white port and tonic, served with a … Read More

A local’s guide to Porto

On the steep banks of the Douro, Portugal’s northern jewel gleams with culture, buzzing restaurants, bars and artisan shops, plus cool places to visit and stay. There is no doubt: this Unesco heritage city makes for the perfect weekend break. … Read More

The most exciting cities in the world right now

It may be Portugal’s second city, but pleasant Porto is the best place in the world for making friends, finding love, feeling free to be yourself and keeping in touch with family – beating Lisbon in most categories across the … Read More

Why Porto should be your next Port of Call

We were doing a tasting under a portrait of the 19th-century character Dona Antonia Ferreira, famed for her port and also for capsizing on the river Douro and surviving due to the spread of her crinoline skirts. “How long can … Read More

Porto elected Best European Destination 2014

Porto is exceptional. In more ways than one. Elected Best European Destination 2014 by the european citizens, Porto, the “Cidade Invicta” (unvanquished city) is history, is architecture, culture, gastronomy, trade, encounters and discoveries. Porto has all the charm of towns … Read More