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Portugal is a perfect tourist destination for those who wish to enjoy a country with history, culture and a delightful cuisine without having to pay a fortune nor travel too far. Porto is the alternative to Lisbon, a city on the banks of the river Douro that lives in between its glorious past, its tradition and modernity, combining architecture of great beauty, exquisite cuisine and the comforts of the 21st century. Rent apartments in Porto and discover a fascinating country and all of its rustic charm.
What not to miss in Porto
The most emblematic place to see in Porto is Cais da Ribeira, a traditional and well-preserved neighbourhood where you will be able to eat the best bacalhau in the whole city in its excellent seafood restaurants. Don’t miss out also on trying the francesinha, a meat sandwich with grilled cheese and beer sauce. Wine lovers only have to cross the river on the magnificent Dom Luis I Bridge to Vilanova de Gaia and enjoy sampling some of the best wines in the region. Regarding monuments, Torre dos Clérigos is a symbol of Porto, just like the famous and traditional Bolhão Market.
Districts in Porto
Cais da Ribeira is the district of Porto par excellence, a neighbourhood on the banks of the river Douro where you can eat the best seafood in the city, see the impressive Dom Luis I bridge and see how the fish boats go past or even go on a cruise. If you can get cheap apartments in Porto in this spot, your experience will be all the better for it. Baixa is the city centre and where you can find all the life in the city, mostly in the restaurants, markets and cafés and their terraces. Lastly, Boavista is to the west of the city centre and it’s the home to many cultural institutions.
The best time to visit Porto
The Atlantic climate in Porto means that rain is considerable all year long except in summer, when temperatures rise from an average of 55ºF to 70ºF between the months of June to September. For this reason, this is the best time to come and fully enjoy the city of Porto.
Getting around Porto
Porto has a modern and efficient metro and bus network with which you can get around the city comfortably and cheaply, much more than using one of the many taxis that you can find in the city. You can also arrive in Porto via the airport, which is north of the city and well communicated with the city centre thanks to its public transport system.
Festivals in Porto
São João Festival in June is the most important traditional event in the city, when the streets fill up with people and dancing and the strange custom of throwing vegetables at each other. During this festival, cuisine is also an important part and the fish that you can try in the Ribeira part of town, the district where the festival is celebrated the most, is truly exquisite. For culture lovers, Fantasporto is the city’s most famous film festival and one of the most important ones in Europe.