This time we travel to the North of Portugal, by proposing you a visit to the beautiful city of Oporto. This is an historical city, its first name – Portus Cale, from romans times – has been the origin of Portugal’s name. It is a city proud of its past, and of the fact that it has never been conquered through centuries of invasions and struggles in the Iberian Peninsula, hence the nickname “Invicta” – unbeaten. It is a lovely city, with excellent food and even better wine, with very opened and welcoming people and a lot to see – its historical centre has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so it is definitely a place to visit.
The best way to explore it is on foot, with plenty of time to feel the soul of the streets in Old Ribeira District, to enjoy the views across the Douro River with its beautiful bridges over Gaia (where tasting the worldwide famous Oporto Wine at one of the many wine caves is a must). Visit Torre dos Clérigos (and if you feel energized enough, climb its 240 steps to the top, the views are worth the effort!), the elegant Palácio da Bolsa, the Lello’s library atmosphere (which inspired the staircases in Harry Potter’s movies), the Sé (Cathedral), the São Bento train station, the typical Bolhão market… there is so much to see… Once you start feeling tired, head to the Majestic, a charming and very elegant café located in Santa Catarina street, to have a nice hot drink. This is also a great place for some serious shopping (who said anything about being tired? 🙂 )
Another place not to be missed is Casa da Música – the House of Music – where there are great concerts all year round. Finally, delight yourself with a fine dinner in Foz area, with views over the Atlantic Ocean.
This is a great city for a getaway, don’t take just our word for it… It has been considered the Best European Destination 2014, check it out here.
Why don’t you plan some days here? Contact us and we’ll organize everything for you. Wish&Travel!