Agência para o Investimento e Comércio Externo de Portugal


The tiny town traditionally known for its fortified wine and proximity to the Douro Valley is drawing in more visitors than ever thanks to its relaxed charms and fruitful food scene.

In Porto, the northern Portuguese city that lends its name to one of the world’s most recognisable wines, it is imperative to imbibe. Nestled into the rolling hills flanking the famed Douro River are port wineries with their instantly familiar names: Graham’s, Taylors, Niepoort, Sandeman and more are spelled out across the landscape like the miniature versions of Los Angeles’ iconic Hollywood sign, inviting guests to make their way through their historical cellars and famed tasting rooms.

But Porto offers more than its namesake wines; over the past decade, this riverine city has been accelerating its tourism profile, attracting travellers from around the globe drawn to its mix of classical and neo-modernist architecture (the Jetsons-esque Casa de Musica and the Museu Serralves are both worth a trek from the city centre), growing culinary scene and the kind of laid-back vibe that is increasingly rare in larger metropolitan cities. Lastly, the town is extremely walkable—albeit with the occasional steep uphill climb—with the next great meal just around the corner.


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