Luxury Travel to Porto
Portugal‘s second city is one of Europe’s most charming. Built on a steep riverbank, a jumble of colourful medieval houses hug the calm waters of the Douro River where wooden boats bob on the surface and people spill out of its cafes and bars, more often than not with a glass of the wine that gave the city its name.
Wind your way through the cobbled streets of the ancient Baixa district, lined with baroque churches and 19th-century palaces. Porto is a hilly city, meaning there are plenty of vantage points from which to gaze out across the sea of terracotta roofs, through which bell towers and church spires poke their heads.
Arching over the river is the impressive double-decked metal Dom Luis I bridge, linking the medieval city with Vila Nova de Gaia. Here you’ll find centuries old port firms that were founded by British merchant families and are still owned by their successors to this day. For three centuries these warehouses have been producing world-famous port, and no trip to the city is complete without enjoying a tipple or two in one of its many bars.
When to go
Two of the best times to visit Porto are late spring and early autumn, a time when temperatures aren't too high and there are far fewer tourist crowds than during the high season of July and August.
What to do
- Head on a Douro River cruise
- Sample a glass or two of local port
- Wander the scenic and historic Baixa district
- Walk across Dom Luis I Bridge to the Vila Nova de Gaia district
- Explore the riverside area of Cais da Ribeira
- Dip your toes in the Atlantic during a visit to Porto's beaches
Itineraries including Porto
Accommodation in Porto
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The YeatmanThis hotel was the family home of the Yeatmans, the British owners of a large port business. A hillside position on the banks of the River Douro in the heart of Vila Nova de Gaia and next to ancient port houses puts the hotel in a prime position for epic views and interesting activities. The decor is classic and elegant, in keeping with the family’s heritage. The 109 rooms and suites feature antique artefacts and pictures from different Portuguese wine producers, opening out onto private balconies overlooking the river and the city’s historic centre. Be immersed in the city’s culture in the ADF Suite, where the bed head is an original barrel top and the domed oak ceiling mimics the enormous oak barrels used in wine production. A highlight of a stay at The Yeatman is dining at the two gourmet restaurants. Enjoy imaginative cuisine where the traditional flavours are reinterpreted and presented immaculately. The restaurant is bright and airy and offers spectacular views over the river. There’s a comprehensive list of Portuguese wines and food and wine pairing menus take you on a journey through Portugal’s diverse and varied wine regions. Relax and unwind at the hotel spa which offers a range of rejuvenating treatments, using natural ingredients from the surrounding vineyards. There is also an indoor and outdoor rooftop pool – take a dip in the evening and admire the twinkling lights of the city laid out before you.