Located on the delightful river Douro, holidays to Porto combine sand, sea and city life. In addition to the stunning city centre, the ancient city of Porto boasts quiet riverbanks with port cellars offering tastings, a vibrant restaurant and dining scene and great activities along its wild and natural coastline. Enjoy the UNESCO-listed Ribeira District and the charm and tradition of its cobblestone lanes. Dine along the riverbank and take bikes around the city and nearby beaches or head up river to the vineyards that line the Douro River. Whatever you're plans, Porto is a gem of a city break.
Porto’s wonderfully close to the coastline, which means there are several sandy beaches nearby, such as Praia de Matosinhos and Praia do Ourigo. Though popular, Porto is not as crowded as some of Europe's other cities such as Paris and Barcelona, so you can explore without having to fight through bustling crowds. If you have to pick between Porto and Lisbon, three hours apart by train, the former has a more intimate feel along the Douro river, home to the historic Ribeira district, while Lisbon’s riverfront gives you the feeling of strolling along the mighty Atlantic. You can also enjoy a scenic six-hour drive to Faro, the capital of southern Portugal’s Algarve region, passing rolling hills, rocky coves and beautiful lagoons. Porto holidays will please children and adults alike and with so much to do, one trip will never be enough!
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