Image from Porto.
Someone recently asked if Porto was worth a visit. Absolutely! And Forbes agrees. I love Porto … though I love Lisbon … and Évora, and the Douro … But Porto is a very different city. It has a different history than Lisbon, a different feel, and a different people. It is medieval, art deco, colorful … vibrant. It is a manageable city to get to know by the fact that it is a compact city, and easy to get around, although hilly! You can really get a feel for it in a day or two, but there is much more to explore in the city. Besides the historic center, fantastic market, and the port cellars, there are wonderful museums, parks and gardens, galleries and cafés, great dining and nightlife! And while in Porto, one of the best things is to enjoy a glass of port overlooking the river and the city itself … at sunset. Simply magical!
If you are considering a trip to Portugal, by all means, don’t miss Porto! You might even consider a Northern Portugal Tour, and get a chance to really get to know the north of the country. 7-10 days would allow you the time to explore Porto, the Douro Valley, the far north – in the Minho region, and the Gerês National Park.