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Porto, the second largest city in Portugal, boasts humble layers of medieval fortresses, jutting church spires, and beautiful Baroque architecture all connected together by twirling alleyways and spiralling staircases. As the birthplace of Port, the city remains an important hotspot for wine lovers, serving up a selection of Portugal’s best. The combination of Port and olde-worlde scenes pack a cultural punch – nowhere more so than in the historic centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with dustings of colonial plazas and old, ramshackle houses hiding long-forgotten Roman ruins. Porto’s proudly making steps into the present day, too, and has undergone a much-needed renovation, bringing contemporary design and lashings of style to the forefront. Today, the city remains a hub of tourism, offering a surface of rustic charm that can’t be found anywhere else. Get stuck into the cultural backdrop in one of our many apartments in Porto, where you can live like a local and uncover the personality of the city.
Porto is perhaps best known for its production of Port, a sweet, red wine that is usually served up alongside dessert. Thousands of tourists flock to the region every year to sample the delicious, fresh flavour of this humble drink – but why is Porto the best place to try it? Well, Porto and the areas surrounding the Douro River valley to the north of Portugal boast the perfect microclimate for cultivating various produce. The rich landscape is great for growing olives and grapes, but it’s also ideal for nurturing the right kind of grapes for making Port wine.
Throughout the rolling greenery of this part of Portugal, you’ll find a collection of quintas, or farms, that produce Port and other wine varieties. One of the most popular activities for visitors in Porto is quintas hopping, where you crawl around a selection of Port-producing farms, trying the rich creations, and learning about the process behind the production.
Learn all about Porto and its passion for Port from one of our Porto apartments that fleck the city. You’ll have ample time to dip into the flavours of the region and get to know more about the process behind Portugal’s favourite dessert wine.
The historic and cultural city of Porto is one of Portugal’s most popular tourist sites. As well as an endless supply of homemade port, there are numerous historic attractions that hark back to the country’s past. Porto accommodation reflects the combination of historic charm, cultural ambiance, and luxurious amenities, offering stylish hotels that flank the river and the winding streets of the city centre. Elsewhere, intimate hostels pop up around every corner for those in search of Porto’s much-loved nightlife, and cheap holiday apartments showcase the finer points of Portuguese life.
Take a look through our Porto apartments and boutique flats, many of which are situated in and around the major landmarks of the city.
The rustic backdrop of Porto is the perfect setting for soaking up the local atmosphere. Delve into cosy, family-run cafes and watch the world go by, browse the boutique shops that line the hodgepodge streets, and enjoy a Francesinha, Portugal’s answer to the Croque Monsieur. It’s a popular snack amongst locals who are looking for a quick bite to eat, and the perfect thing to grab whilst you’re dashing around the city taking in all the sights. Afterwards, when the sun’s setting, why not hotfoot it to the top of the city and enjoy a Vinho Verde at one of the rooftop bars? This unusual variety of wine boasts a green tint but, despite its unusual colouring, is everything you’d imagine of a rich, Portuguese wine.
When you’re ready to go home, hop on one of the old-school trams that rattle up and down the steep streets. They cast a picturesque, old-fashioned character over the city, with locals hanging out the windows and the ever-present trill of bells down cobbled alleyways.