Online editors of Hello magazine visited Porto and its surroundings to discover why the city voted twice as the “Best European Destination”
Porto is Portugal’s second largest city, located in the North of the country. For those who associate Portugal to sunny beaches in the Algarve region, the editors created a guide to this city full of history and a rich culture. Highlighting the fact that:
“Culture is also high on the agenda, with Porto’s historical centre listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.”
The article emphasizes a must visit to the Palacio da Bolsa, the former Stock Exchange, a 19th century building which took 66 years to build.
Being Porto the birthplace of Porto Wine, no trip to the city is complete without a visit to the many wine cellars and a cruise along the Douro river to see the astonishing views of the Douro Valley where wine grapes are cultivated. Douro cruises also offer, according to the article:
“[…] an unrivalled glimpse at the medieval relics, colourful houses and narrow cobbled streets that add to Porto’s charm.”
The modern art foundation Serralves is also a must see place not only for the art exhibitions but also for the “stunning gardens”. Porto surroundings are also a must see. Hello magazine suggests a day trip to Guimarães, the city that was named European Capital of Culture in 2012. It’s must see places are the medieval buildings and 10th century castle, which are a “well worth visit”.
Click here to read the full article on Hello Magazine.
Read about Europe Best Destinations here.