A city by the river, Porto has a thousand and one nooks inviting you to date while you discover local history and culture. Walk along the streets of the historical centre and downtown and feel the pulse of one of the oldest cities in the country.
Between visits to churches, representing with their beauty the faith of the northern people, and to monuments evocative of the most illustrious characters of Portuguese history, enjoy the romantic and urban cafés in this noble area of the city.
In one of the wine bars in the historical centre, make a toast with a Port wine glass or a glass of wine, mature red or white, DOC from Douro. After visiting Casa do Infante, the church of São Francisco, Palácio da Bolsa, the famous Rua Ferreira Borges and the well preserved Rua da Ribeira and Rua de Miragaia, take the tram to the Foz, where the old Douro kisses the Atlantic.
In the beach area, go to Serralves, next to Avenida da Boavista. The Contemporary Art Museum, designed by Siza Vieira, and the Casa in Art Déco style, are remarkable spaces, it’s true, but we have a different suggestion. Have a picnic in the park, one of the largest green areas in Porto, where we emphasize the gardens of Parterre Central. Renew your fidelity vows next to the water features of the gardens Jacques Gréber designed for Casa de Serralves.
What to do
- Go on a cruise on the Douro and discover the old and impressive bridges connecting a noble past to a future which will always go through Porto
- Visit a farm where the precious nectars of the Douro region are produced
Spend a romantic night at the Hotel Teatro, right in downtown Porto. Built in the same place where, in 1859, the Teatro Baquet was inaugurated, this hotel recreates the unique, exquisite and bohemian environment of the Theatre. At the door, the guests are greeted with a poem by a great romantic poet from Porto, Almeida Garrett.
The Douro valley is an enchanted place to discover with your loved one. In the cellars of Gaia, learn about the production of the famous Port wine, far too precious to be enjoyed alone.
Take the historical steam train, go up the Douro and appreciate the beauty of the vineyards climbing the shale steps.
What you need to know
- The historical train travels between June and October and runs between the stations of Régua and Tua
In Pinhão, savour the environment of affection and nostalgia relived by the beautiful tiles of the train station. On the south bank, experience a landscape with cliffs and wild forces.
With the most exciting view over the river, the viewpoint of S. Salvador do Mundo is a place of celebration and love: in the annual pilgrimage, the marriageable girls believe they will find a groom if they tie knots on the shrubs along the way.
By the end of winter, the white of the blossoming almond trees dominates the landscape on both sides of the Douro, whereas in autumn the vines have attractive golden and ruby leaves, and the landscape, with the labour of harvest and the joy of the people, invites romance.
Lull yourself to sleep by the seduction of nature on the fabulous balconies over the Douro, offered by the CS Vintage Hotel House, in Pinhão. Surrounded by a landscape marked by old farms and great vineyards on slopes, this hotel was born from the adaptation of an old cellar. Every room faces the river Douro, which inspires to love.
You will like
- The comfort and sophistication of the CS Vintage House Hotel, which touches the river Douro in a calm and enchanting landscape, still dominated by old farms and great vineyards on slopes
How to get there
For Porto, there are low cost flights, for example, from London (Stansted and Gatwick), Paris (Beauvais, Orly, Vatry and Charles de Gaulle), Marseille, Lille, Tours, St. Etienne, Bologna, Bordeaux, Lyon, Toulouse, Madrid, Barcelona El Prat, Tenerife, Valencia and Palma de Majorca.
Summer only, there are low cost airlines flying from Liverpool, Las Palmas, Carcassonne, Rodez and Nantes.
With regular tariffs, there are flights from London – Gatwick, Madrid, Barcelona and Paris – Orly.
From The Francisco Sá Carneiro International Airport, the best way to get to the centre of the city of Porto is by Metro. The trip will take approximately 30 minutes.
@ Visit Porto and North travel