Insider Travel Guide to Porto, Portugal
From wine tasting to historic sights – top things to do in Porto
Wine lovers should consider staying in the northern city of Porto, Portugal. Be sure to taste the Vinho Verde (or “green wine”), which has a crisp flavor and a distinctive greenish tint. It’s well-known in Portugal, but not widely available in the United States – making it a must-try on any trip to the region. There are a number of local wine tasting tours that pick travelers up at their hotel and take them to wine estates outside of the city – I booked a tour through Viator, and had an excellent experience.
The obvious benefit of booking a tour is having a driver, so that you can enjoy multiple wine tastings. In addition, navigating the winding hills and narrow paths to each estate by car can be intimidating for those not familiar with the area. If you choose to visit estates on your own, it’s wise to map out your route in advance and pre-arrange any reservations. With a packaged tour, all the legwork is done in advance, which I’ve personally found to be a great relief on a vacation.
More Things to Do in Porto
For the remainder of your stay in the city, it’s easy to get around on foot. Many restaurants and shops line the Douro River walk (Zona Ribeirinha), and there are a number of historic attractions to enjoy throughout the city. As the river walk ends, take the funicular up the hill and walk to the Porto Cathedral, which has gorgeous blue and white tile-work throughout the church and sits on a plaza overlooking the city. From there, you can walk across the Ponte D. Luis I bridge to the opposite side of the Douro River for a fantastic view.
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