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Introduction

Porto's claim to fame as the second largest city in Portugal and the ancestral home of port have earned it a place on the tourism map, but it is the city's historical legacy that really engages visitors. The 400 kg of pure gold decoration in o Francisco Church make this Porto's most impressive historic site, but the real charm of Porto comes from hidden gems, like the religious mosaics found in the Sao Bento train station.

In 1755 earthquakes destroyed much of Portugal's historic architecture, fortunately Porto was little affected and today the World Heritage Ribeira district is Portugal's most idyllic old town. If you are still feeling adventurous after strolling through the Ribeira's streets, why not climb the 225 steps of Torre dos Clérigos for panoramic views across the city, before relaxing with a glass of the local port at the Ribeira quayside?

In recent years Porto has undergone a vibrant rejuvenation with new buildings such as the Casa da Música concert hall, designed by Rem Koolhaas, springing up all over the city. The development of exciting new venues has brought a new lease of life to the city, which after dark in now home to a happening club and bar scene.

Special offers in Porto

Pousadas of Portugal Routes

Tailor-made self-drive routes from £395 pp

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60 Day Advance Purchase - 5 nights – Save up to £50 pp
Book by: 31 July 2018

From castles, palaces, fortresses and monasteries, Portugal's Pousadas are spread throughout the country. The Explorer Passport provides five nights accommodation and breakfast using 17 of the most famous Pousadas throughout the country.

Lisbon & Porto in Style

8-day tailor-made self-drive from £880 pp

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Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa discount – Save up to £30 pp
Book by: 31 July 2018

Link Portugal’s pair of city greats with a scenic road trip, affording you the chance to explore the Douro Valley’s vineyard terraces and Sintra’s storybook beauty. And, exploring the cultural delights of Lisbon and Porto, you’ll stay in two of the country’s finest hotels.

The Presidential‬, Portugal

4-day gourmet train experience from £3,775 pp

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Rail on sale – Save up to £360 pp
Book by: 30 June 2018

From Porto’s charm both historic and daringly contemporary, dip into the Douro Valley’s world-class vineyards aboard The Presidential – Portugal’s most luxurious train. It’s all paired with Michelin-standard dining throughout.

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Top itineraries in Porto

Pousadas of Portugal Routes

Tailor-made self-drive routes from £395 pp

Special
offer

60 Day Advance Purchase - 5 nights – Save up to £50 pp
Book by: 31 July 2018

From castles, palaces, fortresses and monasteries, Portugal's Pousadas are spread throughout the country. The Explorer Passport provides five nights accommodation and breakfast using 17 of the most famous Pousadas throughout the country.

Porto & the Douro Valley

5-day tailor-made break from £470 pp incl. flights

Spend two nights in the majestic Pestana Palacio Do Freixo – an 18th century palace on the Douro River, just upstream from the historical old town of Porto and two nights in your choice of luxurious Douro valley hotel.

Porto & Madeira

8-day tailor-made journey from £930 pp incl. flights

Famous for its friendly people, wonderful local flora, and year-round mild climate, Madeira must be one of the most beautiful islands in Europe. It makes a perfect pairing with Portugal's second city, Porto. Overlooking the mouth of the Douro River, UNESCO-listed Porto has a rich and varied history.

Lisbon & Porto in Style

8-day tailor-made self-drive from £880 pp

Special
offer

Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa discount – Save up to £30 pp
Book by: 31 July 2018

Link Portugal’s pair of city greats with a scenic road trip, affording you the chance to explore the Douro Valley’s vineyard terraces and Sintra’s storybook beauty. And, exploring the cultural delights of Lisbon and Porto, you’ll stay in two of the country’s finest hotels.

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Top places to stay in Porto

The Yeatman, Porto

Contemporary hotel from £580 pp incl. flights

Between private balcony views of the city and a Michelin-starred restaurant, it’s not difficult to see why the Yeatman is an exalted member of the Relais and Châteaux collection of luxury hotels.

Infante Sagres, Porto

Grand & elegant hotel from £515 pp incl. flights

Perhaps Porto’s most resplendent and theatrical hotel, the Infante Sagres exudes glamour and the feel of an old manor house. It comes complete with fine-dining restaurant and a World Heritage location to die for.

Intercontinental Palacio das Cardosas, Porto

Grand & elegant hotel

In fine dining, chandelier-lit rooms and a spectacular location, this is among Porto’s finest properties; it truly deserves its palace moniker.

Pestana Palacio do Freixo, Porto

Grand & elegant hotel from £715 pp incl. flights

Boasting Leading Hotels of the World status, Pestana Palácio do Freixo offers unmatched luxury on the tranquil outskirts of Portugal's beguiling world Heritage Site city of Porto

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When to go to Porto

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Porto articles

  • Porto, Douro Valley & the Algarve: our favourite Portugal routes

    Portugal’s national holiday, Portugal Day, falls on 10 June. To celebrate, we’ve chosen our favourite places to stay in Portugal's stunning regions of Porto, the Douro Valley and the Algarve to help you make the most of this region of rolling hills, riverside palaces and fantastic gastronomy.

  • Our favourite Portugal routes through Lisbon, Madeira & the Azores

    Every year on 10th June, Portugal celebrates its annual national holiday, Portugal Day. In honour, we’ve picked our favourite routes through Portugal to immerse yourself in the historic pousadas, cobblestone villages and world-class gastronomy of this Iberian gem.

  • Top 10 driving holidays in Spain & Portugal

    From wild coastlines and beach curves to mountain peaks and rolling countryside, the charms of the Iberian Peninsula are seemingly endless. To help point you in the right direction our destination experts have put together the following self-drive routes that showcase the best of it all.

  • The best food and wine holidays in the world

    From nectorial white wines to ambrosial game meats, we have hand-picked our favourite food and wine holidays around the world, including highlights from South Africa, Chile and France.

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