There's nothing sweeter than Port wine in the port city of Porto, but don't take our word for it. Although Lisbon and the beaches of southern Portugal often get all the attention from travellers, this northern city will put you at peace with its lush, green scenery. Choosing Porto accommodation near the Rio Douro is just the beginning; you’re in for tons of European flair.
Things to Do in Porto
First things first: Make your way to the river to catch the city in all its sunset glory. They don't call it the Rio Douro for nothing. That means "Golden River" in Portuguese, and it gets its name from the way the light hits the city's buildings in the setting sun. OK, now you can grab a bottle of Port to enjoy while you watch the natural light show from the river bank. It's the city's most famous gift to the world.
Zona Ribeirinha features all the historic buildings you'd expect, plus cosy cafés and hidden seafood restaurants. It's hard to resist the tasty fare on holidays to Porto, but you can walk off those calories on a tour of the city's architecture and museums. There are also a slew of vineyards to visit in the countryside if you want to see how they make all that Port wine you're drinking.
Getting To & Around Porto
To get to Porto hotels, fly into Porto International Airport (OPO); then take a taxi or the extremely convenient Metro into town. The Metro is state-of-the-art and can take you wherever you want to go within the city, too. Ferrying your way along the Douro River makes for great photo ops and transportation.
When you're ready to plan your Portuguese getaway, you can count on Wotif to get you some primo Porto hotel deals. Wotif delivers the best prices, so you can save your cash for wine and walking tours—not necessarily in that order.