Porto is a magical and romantic city located along the Douro river estuary in Northern Portugal. The city has one of the oldest European centers, and its historical core was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. It is a beautiful city for couples, families and those looking for a relaxed cultural experience.
The climate in Porto is usually best between April and September when the warm balmy nights are perfect for an evening stroll or sitting outdoors enjoying a leisurely meal in one of the many cafes and restaurants you will find scattered throughout this stunning city.
Porto is still quite undiscovered however it can get pretty lively at the time of the festival of Saint John which happens in mid summer on 23rd June. This festival has been held in the city for more than six centuries and is now considered the city’s most important festival. Some of the attractions of the festival include street concerts, dancing, parties, eating traditional foods such as barbecued sardines, drinking wine and releasing illuminated flame-propelled balloons into the beautiful sky. A fireworks display starts at midnight and the festivities continue well into the early hours.
There are plenty of attractions and day trips to keep you busy during your stay in Porto. One very popular trip is a
day long excursion through the Douro Valley taking in some wine tasting, a delicious lunch followed by some strolling around the beautiful old towns and villages you will see along the way. In Porto itself there are also many beautiful and historical buildings to marvel at such as Palácio da Bolsa, Torre dos Clérigos and the Casa da Música along with the historical city center which is sure to please.
The Port Wine Cellars along the riverbank are definitely worth a visit and sampling some of the wines is an absolute must. A holiday in Porto will not disappoint and will leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed and hungry for more adventures.