Porto - beauty, tradition and port wine

Porto, also known as the secret capital of Portugal is definitely worth a visit, not only because it gave the name of the country but also because here one of the world’s most famous wine is produced. On your city break to this historical trade- and port-city, you can’t miss visiting the famous wine-cellar of Sandmann & Co, where you can taste this local speciality. With its strategic location by the Douro River and its position close to the Atlantic Ocean, there are a lot of landscapes and sights waiting to be explored and discovered. With our knowledge as locals we have selected a few stunning holiday apartments for you in a winning location, as well as some charming little hotels and Bed and Breakfast hotels in order to grant you an amazing stay in Porto. From here you have (almost) everything you need within walking distance.

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Porto hotels and apartments

Choose from our selection of boutique Porto hotels and self-catering apartments and our other charming Porto hotels, including design hotels in Porto, bed & breakfasts, amongst others. Whatever your taste, we’ll help you find that perfect getaway.

Porto - what to do

Any visitor to the region should make time to visit the Porto riverside (Ribeirinha). This World Heritage area is a beautifully quaint neighbourhood full of the typical Porto hussle and bussle as well as great views of the Dom Luis bridge. Certainly not to be missed. From there it is also an easy trip to the other bank to visit the cellars of some famous port wine houses. Here one can taste the famous wine and learn about how it is produced. Definitely one for lovers of wine.
From the riverbank one can also take the boat for an unforgettable trip along the beautiful Douro River. Porto also has some fine museums, including the Soares dos Reis and the new Siza designed Museum of Modern Art. The title of Cultural capital of 2001 has also provided the city with a needed facelift, with many museums and galleries having been modernised.

Gastronomy in Porto

Typical of Portugal’s northern regions, the gastronomy of the Douro is a simple and hearty affair. One famous dish that qualifies as such is Tripas à moda do Porto (Tripe Porto style) a popular dish made of veal and chicken tripe, sausage, smoked ham, dried beans, onions, smoked pork sausage, herbs and spices. A full meal and you are liable to take a deserved siesta. The people of Porto are, in fact, endearingly known as the Tripe eaters. Other favourite dishes include the delicious kid (cabrito) or the sucking lamb (borrego), either stewed (ensopado) or marinated in spices and then baked. The Douro wine to wash all this down is second to none. There are vast vineyards on slopes, between Pinhão and Alijó in the valley of Alto Douro. The valley of the Douro River itself, stretching both north and south through various longitudes and altitudes produce the delicious Port wine, though the robust reds are also worthy of note.


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