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Why Visit Porto?

Porto, Portugal’s second largest city behind the gleaming capital of Lisbon, is a Mecca for port lovers and the best place for a port tasting holiday. But there’s more to Porto than port and you don’t need to be a fortified wine fan to appreciate this picture-postcard city. History buffs will relish in Porto’s old-world charm; foodies will enjoy the local gastronomic delights and wine lovers should not miss the impressive World of Wine.

Porto is best-known for its production of port wines, which are still matured and stored in the cellars that line the banks of the Douro River. Some of the world’s most recognisable port producers, such as Cockburns and Taylors, can be found along the Douro’s southern bank in Vila Nova de Gaia. Expand your knowledge of this fortified wine and its distinctive varieties with a port tasting tour of one (or more!) of Porto’s best port lodges. 
The grapes used in the production of port have been grown for centuries on the steep terraced hillsides of the Douro Valley, which is located around one hour east of Porto. For a full appreciation of port, take a privately guided tour or join a small group for a day trip to the nearby Douro where you can explore the vineyards and meet the wine makers.  

Stroll through Porto’s maze of cobbled streets and you’ll discover architecture dating back centuries with hints of its ancient past still present in the azulejo blue tiles and buildings. From baroque cathedrals and gothic churches to medieval city walls and even an exquisitely beautiful 19th century book shop. It’s no wonder the city’s historical centre, Ribeira, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A guided tour is the best way to uncover the history behind Porto’s ancient buildings and Winerist can arrange private and small group tours that combine wine tasting with Porto’s cultural highlights.  

Don’t leave Porto without sampling a Francesinha. A sandwich like no other, Porto’s signature dish consists of several different meats layered between thick slices of bread, covered in melted cheese and a thick beer-infused sauce. 

Plan Your Visit

Best Known Grapes

Although around thirty grape varieties can be used to make port, most of Porto’s port producers use a selection of just five red grape varieties: Touriga Franca (the most widely planted variety), Tinta Barroca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (known as Tempranillo in Spain) and Tinto Cão.
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Best time to visit

The best time of year to visit Porto are the spring months of April, May and June, and the autumn months of September and October. During these months the tourist crowds are smaller and the weather is favourable for exploring the city and touring the port cellars. If you happen to be in Porto on June 23rd be prepared to party as the city celebrates the Festival de Sao Joao with street barbeques and convivial drinking, live music and fireworks.  If you’re considering visiting the wineries of the Douro Valley during your stay in Porto (which we highly recommend you do), it’s well worth timing your visit to coincide with the grape harvest season, which typically takes place in September and October. There is a palpable excitement in the air and the opportunity to get involved in the picking and crushing of grapes if you so wish.   
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How long to stay

Porto is an excellent destination for a weekend, city break. A stay of 2 or 3 days will give you enough time to discover the historic city, visit the port lodges of Vila Nova Gaia and enjoy a boat cruise along the Douro River. If you have a little more time, you can explore the wineries of the Douro Valley or the Vinho Verde vineyards in Minho, both of which can be arranged on full-day tours from Porto.   
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How to get there

Porto is easily reached by various means of transport. On the outskirts of the city (around 10km from the centre) is Porto International Airport, more formally known as Francisco Sa Carneiro airport. From the airport, the city centre is easy to reach via bus, taxi, or the metro.   An efficient rail network connects Porto with Lisbon (a journey of around 3 hours) as well as other domestic destinations and international cities in France and Spain. Arriving by car is also easy as Porto enjoys excellent motorway connections. 
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