Porto – must be visited: Porto has an excellent new airport (received ACI Airport Service Quality awards last year) and several companies operating. Ryanair established recently a hub. Airport is connected to the city centre by Metro. One of the oldest cities in Europe, Porto has enjoyed World Heritage classification since 1996. Perched on the banks of river Douro, one of its six bridges was designed by Gustave Eiffel, whose signature touch is immediately recognised. Along these very banks, visit the iconic cellars and discover more than 30 Port wine labels, most of which are world-famous. Within the town of Porto itself, lovely vast panels of Portuguese tiles, in all number of intricate designs and colours, can be admired in Carmo Church, Almas Chapel, the interior of Sao Bento station and indeed along many of its rustic streets. The town is equally rich in historic monuments and outstanding examples of Baroque architecture, such as Sao Francisco and the Santa Clara churches.
Port Wine Cellars: Port Wine Cellars are the perfect spot to get in touch with this national drink and its history. They offer the public the opportunity of tasting this precious nectar, knowing its course over the ages, the region where it is produced and the way it is made.
Gastronomy: Porto‚Äôs gastronomy is rich and varied. Be informed of the specialities offered by the restaurants like fresh fish, salt cod (bacalhau), meat dishes and some luscious and rich secular cakes are singled out as examples. Do not miss the region wine “Vinho Verde” – which must have freshness, young aroma and natural sparkling “petillance”.
Porto – Shopping: Studios are on shopping district, 3 minutes from Santa Catarina pedonal shopping street, where you can find good bargains and some international brands.
Porto – Comtemporary architecture: In more recent years, Porto has carved an enviable reputation for its contemporary architecture, including modern designs such as the Serralves Comtemporary Art Museum and House of Music, both of which host permanent exhibitions and shows.
By train one day journey: Costa Verde lies in the Northern region of Portugal, and includes wonderful, charming cities such as Braga and Guimaraes, located just 50 kms from Porto. Day trips are easily organised from Porto‚Äôs Sao Bento Station.
Don’t miss Douro Valley (also a World Heritage landscape), train from Sao Bento station, goes up the Douro river to the vineyards where Port Wine is produced.