Porto is the second largest city in Portugal and the home of port wine. Located at the mouth of the Douro River where it flows into the Atlantic, the area is quite unique, and fun to visit.
The city itself dates back for ages and has been named a World Heritage site by UNESCO. So beyond wine, there is more than enough to do or see for any vacation.
To reach Porto, the Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport is going to be the main air hub a few miles north of the city. Inside Porto, the main railway station Campanhã services suburban and light rail, and the Metro do Porto is the subway system.
Wander the Port
When many visitors arrive in Porto the first place they head is to Riberia, which is the old port section of Porto and the area that has been designated as a World Heritage site. This area not only provides wonderful views of the rest of the city as well as the ocean, it has a great historical significance as well.
From Ribeira, visitors can take a river cruise to get a great view of the beauty of the countryside and see some of the vineyards. Also a must see is the Sao Francisco Church, a gothic church that was built centuries ago and remains one of the top attractions for any visit to Porto.
Experience the Wine
The biggest draw to the city of Porto is to experience the wine. That is why so many visitors will look to learn as much about the traditional dessert wine of Port as they can. One of the very best ways to do this is to explore the Port wine caves located not far from the Ribeira section. Head to Vila Nova de Gaia and take the tours, which generally include a few free tastings.
The other great way to enjoy Port in Porto is after dinner. There are a number of great little restaurants in the area that serve local specialties rabanadas and Francesinha as well as the local wine. To enjoy them all head to Wine Quay Bar, ODE Porto Wine House, and Papavinhos.