Blessed with two World Heritage Sites, the birthplace of Port has charm, character and beauty in abundance.
Portugal’s second city has a quiet self-assurance - the result, perhaps, of a rich history that’s left so many fascinating traces behind. Built on a steep bank at the mouth of the Douro River, the Romans’ Portus is now crammed with architectural delights from every era: gothic churches and a Romanesque cathedral, belle époque café interiors and art nouveau shopfronts, an Eiffel-influenced metal bridge and a cutting-edge concert hall.
If you get the sense it’s very much a working place rather than a museum, though, you’d be right. The city’s must-visit Port wine lodges still operate much as they have for centuries. And further up the Douro Valley, 2,000 years of viticulture have created an extraordinary landscape, with terrace upon terrace of vines - some just wide enough for one row - carved out of the vertigo-inducing mountainsides by hand. It’s that beguiling combination of dramatic scenery and the pleasures of the grape that makes the region such a delight to explore.
Whether you’re after a cultural city break, a taste of refined country living or a blend of the two, talk to our experts about creating a Porto and the Douro Valley holiday that’s just right for you.