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Douro River, Porto

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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.

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Pousadas of Portugal Routes

Tailor-made self-drive routes from £330 pp

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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.

The Presidential‬, Portugal

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

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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 £330 pp

Special
offer

Free car hire

60 Day Advance Purchase – Save up to £30 pp
Book by: 23 April 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 £490 pp incl. flights

Spend two nights in the majestic Palacio Do Freixo (Pousada do Porto) – an 18th century palace on the Douro River, just upstream from the historical old town of Porto and two nights at the luxurious Douro Royal Valley Hotel and Spa.

Porto & Madeira

8-day tailor-made journey from £890 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 £820 pp incl. flights

Free car hire

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

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.

The Yeatman, Porto

Contemporary hotel

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.

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